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Culture and Horticulture The Classic Guide to Biodynamic and Organic Gardening

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ISBN-10: 1583945504

ISBN-13: 9781583945506

Edition: 2013

Authors: Wolf D. Storl, Larry Berger

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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…    
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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: 6.14" wide x 9.06" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

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

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
Imaginative Perception
The Spheres, or Planes
Transmutation, Destruction, and Creation of Matter
Goetheanistic Science
Goethean Methodology and Epistemology
The Primal Plant, or Ur-Plant
Plant Evolution
Establishment Genetics
Who Is Right?
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
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
Air and Wind
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
Companion Planting, Crop Rotation, and Weeds
A Few Good Companion Plant Combinations
Crop Rotation
Families of Cultivated Vegetable Plants
Other Plant Families Commonly Found in Food and Herb Gardens
Lesser Known Vegetables and Garden Crops
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
Good Food Habits
Seeds and Tools
Seed Selection
Seed Storage
Germination Test
Seed Viability
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
About the Author