Biodynamic Preparations

What are the various preparations, how are they used, and why?

The horn silica preparation (501) is very finely ground crystal quartz. It is dynamised in water for an hour before spraying, and has the effect of giving harmony to the plant by promoting leaf, flower and fruit development.

The horn manure preparation (500) works on plant root development, plant form and its vitality, promotes plant growth, the soil micro-life which is active in the humus fraction and the Ego component of our cultivated plants. The one hour stirring rounds out the 500 making process and it becomes active as it is spread on the land.

The compost preparations (502-507) have the task of promoting humus development by drawing in ordering forces from the cosmos. They also promote soil life which is responsible for breaking down all organic materials, and in connection with the mineral clay substances build up the clay-humus complex in the soil. They do this by combining the elements of dead organic materials, soil, soil life and water into vital humus. The cow pat pit (cow pat compost) shows their capacities clearly in its final form.

How to produce and use the Biodynamic preparations?

The compost preparations consist of herbs such as chamomile, nettle, oak bark, yarrow or valerian, most of which are filled into particular animal organs, hung in the summer sun or placed in the soil for some months where they collect cosmic forces during this time.  If the animal sheath is omitted or replaced by a plant form during production of the preparation, the resulting preparation does not fulfil the requirements.

Before the horn manure and horn silica preparations are spread, the small amounts necessary for a given area are stirred for an hour in water. This dynamised water is sprayed on the soil and the plants and works in a fashion similar to homoeopathic medicines – as an energiser rather than an addition of matter.

Both the field spray preparations and the compost preparations must be spread at least once a year at an appropriate time, and plant growth stage, for an ‘in conversion to Demeter’ or Demeter certification to be issued.

Where do you get the Biodynamic preparations from?

Most Demeter farmers and gardeners produce the preparations either themselves or together with a Biodynamic advisor. However in the case of shortages, the following addresses are able to help: