It has been a couple of months since we built the bed for the biodynamic and no-dig organic gardens and I wanted to share with you how the growth has compared between the two since planting up.
The bed began back in March thanks to JimJim and a neighbor putting it together and filling it with compost and manure.
The biodynamic side was sprayed with valerian (preparation 507) a couple of days before sowing then with the horn manure (preparation 500) just minutes before sowing. All sowing of seeds and transplanting across both beds followed the biodynamic calendar; for example, all salad leaves were sown on a leaf day in the calendar. The same varieties and number of plants were transplanted in both beds and similar numbers of seeds were sown in both beds also.
Both plots’ tender seedlings were covered using polytunnels to protect them from the frosts over night which have helped to get the crop ahead by a couple of weeks.
The plants in the biodynamic plot look a lot sturdier and stronger than the plants in the no-dig organic plot and the rate of germination in the biodynamic plot is much higher than the no-dig organic plot.
In the image below the biodynamic plot is on the left and the no-dig organic is on the right.
Some seeds germinated quicker in the no-dig organic plot and the chilies are developing faster in this plot too since it is in a lot of sun in comparison to the slightly shaded biodynamic plot.
Already we’re harvesting salad leaves including chard, spinach, kale and lettuce for salads at dinner time.
What are your favorite first harvests in the garden?