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Biodynamic gardening approaches plants according to which part is cultivated for food: the roots, leaves, flowers or fruits. Root plants include carrots, beets, onions and potatoes. Leaf plants include lettuces, spinach, chard, kale and herbs. Flower plants include broccoli and all flowers from snapdragons to roses. Fruits include tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, squash, grains, and commonly known fruits from apples to watermelon.

With the use of a biodynamic calendar, it is easy to plan gardening tasks.  The calendar indicates the best days for planting, cultivation, harvest and partaking of plants and trees according to whether we eat their roots, leaves, flowers, or fruits. Helpful hints for working with honey bees and making milk-based products such as keifer and cheese are included.  The calendar features a handy, pull out chart, and offers pointers about the weather which I find to be remarkably accurate. Different aspects of the zodiac influence the four elements and the four parts of the plant. Earth-root constellations include Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, Water-leaf constellations include Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Warmth-flower constellations are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Lastly, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are light-flower constellations. The light of the sun, moon, planets and stars reaches the plants in regular rhythms.  The rhythmic movement of the Moon’s 27-day orbit through the constellations of the zodiac, contribute to the life, growth and form of the plant. Planting with the moon’s passage through the constellations  enhances the vital quality of our food, and helps heal the earth. To learn more about biodynamic agriculture, please visit the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association. –Leslie