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The Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar 2011 [Paperback]

Maria Thun , Matthias K. Thun
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3 Sep 2010
The original biodynamic sowing and planting calendar, now in its 49th year. This useful guide shows the optimum days for sowing, pruning and harvesting various plants and crops, as well as working with bees. It is presented in colour with clear symbols and explanations. The calendar includes a pullout wallchart which can be pinned up in a barn, shed or greenhouse as a handy quick reference.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (3 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157554
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This annual publication is the book for those who want to farm and garden biodynamically. There are useful notes for new readers and a number of special features, including this time the care of bees with monthly notes for beekeepers, how to work with biodynamic preparations, a recipe for rye bread and answers to questions from readers concerning potato and tomato culture.' -- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review 'This little paperback is essential for all organic gardeners. It is the original annual biodynamic planting guide. Incredibly condensed amounts of information are available [here] ... Illustrated throughout with some lovely photos and clear diagrams.' -- Ysanne Spevack, 'This little paperback calendar is the original of its kind and essential for all organic gardeners. An established following ensures good sales of this useful guide, which has a special feature on the care of bees.' -- Veronica Leek, The Bookseller Buyers' Guide

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Maria Thun and her son, Matthias, base this calendar on almost fifty years of biodynamic research and experience at their farm in Germany.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thun's Biodynamic Calendar 4 Dec 2010
I started using this sowing and planting calendar in 2008 and have bought a copy every year since. I've grown vegetables for over 20 years, but never with such good results as since sowing and planting using the biodynamic calendar. There are other such calendars on the market but the Thun's one is the best - so easy to follow, a child could use it! Highly recommended for all growers, whether beginner or experienced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sowing by the Stars 17 Dec 2010
By JohnHB
Maria Thun and family are the doyens of biodynamic horticulture. The annual calendar gives all necessary information to plan our sowing and harvesting timetable. It needs to be read in conjunction with Maria's book Gardening for Life which sets out very clearly the philosophy of biodynamic gardening and contains a wealth of practical tips.
The Calendar could be improved by the provision of space to record what we have done each day so we can look back on our successes and failures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original planting-by-the-moon calendar 31 Dec 2009
Maria and Matthias Thun's Biodynamic Planting Calendar, translated by Bernard Jarman, chief officer of the UK Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA) is the original planting calendar. It is backed by the Thuns' 50 years of meticulous comparative horticultural tests and thus empirically demonstrates the effects of planting according to this calendar. This year's edition (2010) explains more clearly than previous volumes the importance of the ascending and descending moon, rather than the simpler concept of 'waxing' and 'waning'.

I have used this calendar since 1972 and find it an indispensible part of everyday gardening activity. Its only drawback is that being written for a farm in Germany it lacks some cultural relevance to horticultural traditions in Great Britain.

The Thuns have now published a similar calendar for when to enjoy wine at its best, which apparently is now being used by the big supermarket chains to schedule their wine tasting. The moon calendar has also been positively reviewed in the Daily Telegraph for its wine tasting expertise.

I recommend the calendar highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars INDISPENSABLE SOWING GUIDE 26 Oct 2009
This calendar has proved itself over the years and is now used not just by gardeners but also by wine tasters and even the traffic police in many countries. It does give indications for weather tendencies but I find these too rudimentary and generally a little more detail would be welcome. The articles featuring bio dynamic gardening are very interesting.In last year's calendar I was amused to read that bio dynamic gardens attract roe deer and other nibblers from miles around!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted 5 April 2010
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If you want to know when you should be planting and harvesting, this is it. Very clear, very factual. Does it work? Wait until 2011 - but the carrots we harvested last year on a harvesting day have kept really well so far..
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2011 Biodynamic Calendar 7 Mar 2011
By jools
Organising, productive, successful & poetic Never stay nor leave home without it.
A brilliant handbook for gardeners, farmers, breadmakers and cooks, and bee-keepers alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 28 Feb 2011
By Indigo
I love this calendar. Using it as a guide for planting etc gives great results. Indispensible if you enjoy gardening, even if it's only flowers you want to grow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and helpful
I ordered this half way through the year and can't tell yet how successful following it has been, however I find it clearly set out and easy to use. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Fsca
5.0 out of 5 stars BIODYNAMIC GARDENING
Published on 18 April 2011 by ORGANIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Storm and Bees
A useful bit I found in this book is the indicator for days for when storm are likely. Useful for planning days ahead. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by Hinge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent planting guide
I have been growing my own for the last 15 years and for the last 3 have been using this planting guide. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by R. JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have companion for Maria Thun's Biodynamic Gardening
A great calendar to use in conjunction with the Biodynamic Gardening book by Maria and her son Matthias. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2010 by Mrs. Jean Park
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Slant on Agriculture
I purchased this book on the advice of a friend, and although I made the purchase a little too late to take full advantage of its contents, and will not be able to judge its... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by J. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars allotment gardening
I have heard that this works so will try it next year. Looks complicated from all the schedules and diagrams!
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by Hilary Burden
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