Culture and Horticulture The Classic Guide to Biodynamic and Organic Gardening

ISBN-10: 1583945504
ISBN-13: 9781583945506
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 2/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Various studies have shown time and again that small organic farms and home gardens are capable of producing more food per acre with less fossil energy than large-scale commercial agricultural installations dependent on machines and toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This classic book by Wolf D. Storl, a respected elder in the practice of permaculture, details how food is grown holistically and beautifully by traditional communities around the world, and shows how to apply their ancient wisdom to our own gardens.With interest in natural, sustainable, organic and local food at an all-time high, people are looking beyond their farmers markets and CSA cooperatives to hyperlocal ways of growing healthy, delicious produce in urban gardens and their own backyards.Culture and Horticulturedetails time-tested methods that are as effective today as they were hundreds of years ago. On the practical front, the book works as a manual for creating and maintaining a bountiful harvest. It explains how to build the soil to maintain fertility; how to produce compost; how to plant, sow, and tend the various fruit and vegetable plants; how to rotate crops and practice companion planting; how to set up a favorable microclimate; how to deal with so-called weeds and pests; how to harvest at the right time; and finally how to store vegetables and herbs. Special emphasis is given to the art and science of composting, the compost being the "heart" of any self-sufficient garden and a model for the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.At the same time the reader is introduced to the wider aspects of horticulture, to its historical, philosophical, and cosmological contexts and social relevance. Gardening is a cultural activity, shaped by peoples' thoughts, wishes, and needs as well as by their cultural traditions. The author, an anthropologist by profession who has investigated the gardening practices of indigenous people throughout the world and worked for many years on biodynamic farms and in his own food garden, will introduce the reader to Rudolf Steiner's vision of the garden as an organic unit, embedded in the context of terrestrial and cosmic forces. Storl explains the importance of cosmic rhythms (solar, lunar, and planetary), the role of biodynamic herbal preparations as "medicines" for the garden organism, and the so-called "etheric" and "astral" forces. The book presents a vision of the garden as seen through the eyes of "Goethean science," a magical place where alchemical transformations of material substances take place.

Larry Berger is a Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar and the president of Amplify Learning.

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
History and Philosophy
Introduction to Part I
Historical Sketch
The Newer Agriculture
Voices of Concern and Reform
History of the Modern Organic Movement
The Pioneers of Organic Agriculture
Sir Albert Howard
Rudolf Steiner
Biodynamic vs. Organic
Basic Concepts
The Four Elements
Processes: Sal, Mercurius, Sulfur
Microcosm-Macrocosm
Imaginative Perception
The Spheres, or Planes
Transmutation, Destruction, and Creation of Matter
Goetheanistic Science
Goethean Methodology and Epistemology
The Primal Plant, or Ur-Plant
Evolution
Plant Evolution
Heredity
Establishment Genetics
Who Is Right?
Conclusion
Practical Aspects of Gardening
Introduction to Part II
Terrestrial Factors: Soil
The Phenomenology of Soil
How Is Soil Created?
The Soil as a Living Organ of the Earth Organism
Earthworms
How to Care for the Soil
Nutrients and Fertilizer
The Major Elements Involved in Plant Growth
The Magnificent Three: NPK
Cosmic Influences
Basic Geocentric Astronomy
Dimensions of Time and Space
Time and Cosmic Rhythms
Forms and Shapes
Practical Application
Atmospheric Factors
Magical Weather Control
Working with the Microclimate: Practical Aspects
Light and Warmth
Frosts
Air and Wind
Water
Dry Weather Gardening
Mulching and Ground Covers
Composts and Liquid Manures
Compost Ingredients
When, Where, and How to Set Up the Compost
Special Composts and Manures
The Sacred Cow
Liquid Manures
The Composting Process
Human Wastes
Humus
Companion Planting, Crop Rotation, and Weeds
A Few Good Companion Plant Combinations
Intercropping
Crop Rotation
Families of Cultivated Vegetable Plants
Other Plant Families Commonly Found in Food and Herb Gardens
Lesser Known Vegetables and Garden Crops
Weeds
Insects and Other Beasties
A Glimpse at History
What Is an Insect?
Beneficial Insects
Practical Application
Fungus, Virus and Bacteria
The Garden Calendar
Teas, Preparations, and Biotic Substances
How the Preparations Are Made
How Can One Explain the Preparations?
A Closer Look at the Herbs in the Preparations
Other Herbal Preparations
Biodynamic Cooking, Nutrition, and Food Preparation
Freshness
Processing
Cooking
Good Food Habits
Seasoning
Storage
Seeds and Tools
Seeds
Seed Selection
Seed Storage
Germination Test
Seed Viability
Hybrids
Pollination
Collecting Seed from Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials
Other Means of Propagation
Gardening Tools
The Tools One Needs for Successful Gardening
Tool Care
Social Implications
The Loss of the Sacred Land
The Land of Cockaigne
Small, Decentralized, and Local Is Beautiful
Reclaiming Our Garden
Winter Gardening in Oregon
A Summary of the Agricultural Lectures of Rudolf Steiner
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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