Dear Readers,

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 start of the organic and biodynamic bed

The start of the organic and biodynamic bed

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.

Polytunnels on the plot

Polytunnels on the plot

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.

Biodynamic plot

Biodynamic plot

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.

The biodynamic and no-dig organic plot

The biodynamic and no-dig organic plot (and JimJims in the background)

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.

First root plant seedlings

First root plant seedlings and a yarrow plant

Already we’re harvesting salad leaves including chard, spinach, kale and lettuce for salads at dinner time.

Garden salad leaves with chive flowers

Garden salad leaves with chive flowers and pea shoots

What are your favorite first harvests in the garden?