Posted 2 weeks ago

In our Southern California- Mediterranean climate the best way to store water is in the soil. We are now building our Kitchen Garden terraces, on contour, to increase water infiltration, to conserve moisture and to mitigate erosion between terraces. Each terrace will have a shallow swale running through the middle where any runoff water will soak into the soil. The swale will become a mulched pathway, as mulching will also slow the water evaporation. It’s a classic rainwater garden recipe.

Posted 3 months ago
This is the best ever book about composting because it is charming, playful, deeply poetic, philosophical, scientific, practical, simple and accessible, and something for the whole family. By appealing to children, the author manages to break it down for all of us, like glacier on rock. Leavening poetic euphemism, ‘the circle of life’, with blunt prose, ‘Everything living or dead has something that will eat it’, and  other provocative statements for adult contemplation such as, ‘Rotting is nature’s way of recycling the goodness’, either one of which one can imagine in the mouth of an aging roué, Ben Raskin’s handy book sparks our immediate interest. Read more

This is the best ever book about composting because it is charming, playful, deeply poetic, philosophical, scientific, practical, simple and accessible, and something for the whole family. By appealing to children, the author manages to break it down for all of us, like glacier on rock. Leavening poetic euphemism, ‘the circle of life’, with blunt prose, ‘Everything living or dead has something that will eat it’, and  other provocative statements for adult contemplation such as, ‘Rotting is nature’s way of recycling the goodness’, either one of which one can imagine in the mouth of an aging roué, Ben Raskin’s handy book sparks our immediate interest. Read more

Posted 4 months ago

Our Compost/Mulch pile was built with Sacred Cow biodynamic compost, wood chips mulch, well composted horse manure, topsoil and a hand full of sweet lime. To stimulate the compost with proper forces, we inserted into the pile a set of six biodynamic preparations: yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian. The biodynamic compost that is made in the spring is applied to the garden in the fall, and compost made in the fall is applied in the spring.

Posted 4 months ago

SOIL NEWS! SOIL NEWS! SOIL NEWS!

Fresh batch of the fabulous Sacred Cow biodynamic compost arriving in a few weeks…in May!

While we wait,  here is some quick advice for all you spring gardeners who want to to enliven your garden soil: go for genuine biodynamic preps, easy to mix and to apply as tea, and to great benefit. Easy to prepare, easy to order from the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics. http://www.jpibiodynamics.org

I highly recommend that you spray this very beneficial combination of BC compound preparation (Barrel Compost) and #BD500x (prepotentized Horn Manure). Stir them separately then spray together on soil, in the late afternoon, on a Root day. Your garden will thank you. Detailed instructions are included with the package. If you need more guidance… Ask Me basia@basiakenton.com

Posted 6 months ago

We are preparing to plant a 1/4 acre Kitchen Garden in Malibu with veggies, fruit trees and flowers. After 2 months of intense program spraying with biodynamic preparations to bring life to the soil, the soil was opened up, and sprayed again with horn manure. And then…we were in luck- it rained. Last week we added some Sweet Lime, then biodynamic compost, and a thick layer of mulched organic woody matter, then covered it all with straw and watered well.

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Posted 7 months ago

Prince Charles has been championing sustainability in the most practical ways for decades. A dedicated organic farmer for 30 years at his Highrove Estate in Gloucestershire and his Duchy in Cornwall, whose products, Duchy Originals, have been consistently turning a profit; his experimental, progressive methods, including Biodynamics (since 2005), has finally caused his critics to shut up and take note.

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Posted 8 months ago
The Biodynamic garden some 4 weeks after planting - it is thriving! Young seedlings of cover crops are pushing up along the wall where the Tomatoes will be planted in Spring.

 

Posted 9 months ago

Just finished building another backyard vegetable garden, freshly planted with fruit trees, vegetables, berries and flowers. Soil amended with superior biodynamic compost, all fall/winter crops in place, then added some cover crop seeds: sugar snap and snow peas, and fava to enrich the soil for spring planting. Very gratifying to create gardens that aren’t just pretty to look at, but that you can eat from.

Posted 10 months ago


Oh, the bees…they are literally being crushed. And they are not the only ones! Entire ecosystems are being crushed, and a devastating narrative continues. I’d needed to learn more about the bees ways and suddenly, am completely submerged in their mysterious world.

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Posted 11 months ago

If a rose can really elevate vibrational frequency to the level of love, it’s understandable what I’d heard about the ancient Greeks from a man on Santorini one summer, who’d been observing me with my face buried in the petals of three large fluffy blooms that were bowing over someone’s garden fence a little ways onto the road where I was passing; he stopped to tell me that the ancient Greeks believed that flowers were the cause of impregnation. Girls, after spending time with the roses, touching them and picking them and braiding them in their hair, bathing with them, were elegantly ministered the inadvertent spark. In other words, sex, liberated from paternity, the impetus for monogamy, was just a glorious expression of this or that. What a lovely story, I said. So many stories with a protagonist rose. 

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