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International Compost Awareness Week

The first week of May, every year, is the chance to really shine the light on composting in our communities. This year, I sent out a survey asking people to answer 20 questions - the what/why/how/when/where/who and what if... of composting. ...

May 16, 2022

A Sample Weekend email (sent 14th May 2022)

This is a sample of my typical weekend email 'bite sized biodynamics' with my own garden planning based on the biodynamic moon calendar. Get these weekly tips by joining the Blue Borage email list here.  Hello weekend, hello garden. Are Saturday and Sunday days when you get the chance to put in a bit of concentrated work in the garden? Maybe it's a precious hour or two, and you have to be super efficient? If you are like many of the people I talk to, there is always a long list of jobs, and...

May 15, 2022

Five tips to save money when starting your winter edible garden

Before you start weeding or planting, take a really good look at what’s there. If it's a neglected garden bed that once had edibles in it then you may find little baby plants already self-seeding for winter. I’ve got loads popping up, and if I were to dump a load of soil over them, start weeding vigorously or digging everything over to create a blank slate then I’d lose valuable plants.    ...

May 14, 2022

Leaf mould - turn those autumn leaves into precious soil

"Imagine if each leaf were a single note in a song, and as they dropped from the tree, it was the tree singing about the summer that had passed."If each and every leaf matters and belongs on your property, then the next question is how to manage them all? ...

May 12, 2022

How to stir BD500 - the Horn Manure preparation

The first step is often the hardest - ordering it. Well done, you're off to a good start. ...

April 18, 2022

Tips on growing garlic from Tony Hudson of Earthly Greens

Prepare the land - use biodynamic CPPPlant on an ascending leaf day (garlic is a leaf crop not a root crop)Just before the full moon, apply BD508 horsetail (Equisetum) preparation as a spray every month.Equisetum ratio: 1 litre BD508 + 9 litres rain water, apply using backpack sprayer. Plant in June, harvest in January MulchWeedToo much mulch in wet weather may encourage slugs. Watering is important, but let the plants struggle a bit, to ensure strong crops. Ha...

April 16, 2022

Gardening by the Moon: How/What/Why

As a biodynamic gardener, I've been buying moon calendars for a decade now. To start with, it was out of curiosity - the description of all the planetary movements was fascinating, and I wanted to align my planting with a larger ecosystem than what was immediately visible to me.  It's a nice idea, but in real life I found it challenging. The result? I would hold off on making compost or planting seeds, only to reach the 'perfect' time and find the weather suddenly turned bad:...

April 8, 2022

Autumn Events with Blue Borage: A Carnival of Composting

Autumn is traditionally the very best time of year to make hot compost: all your summer growth can get carefully blended and layered into a beautiful big pile to cook through the cooler months of the year, so that in spring, when you are itching to plant seeds again, you will have healthy soil all set to go.  Makes you wonder why anyone would pay to have their garden waste removed, right?  Here's the line-up of events for March/April, many of which are in the EcoMatters EcoFest We...

April 1, 2022

Weeds, weeds, wondrous weeds

Wondrous weeds - strange title for a blog post, you may think.  Dealing with weeds is one of the most common questions I get asked as a compost consultant, often from exasperated homeowners who are not only sick of the sight of weeds, but also sick of paying to remove them, paying to kill them, and paying someone else to pull them out.  Maybe there's another way to look at the whole situation? ...

March 30, 2022

Creative Composting: a Carnival of Compost

For too long we've been told to use ugly black plastic bins to hold our compost - I say it's time to get a little more creative, and, dare I say it - design our compost to look amazing from the outset.  Thanks to Sophie Wolff-Wigley for the three illustrations in this blog post. ...

March 22, 2022

Raspberry Lane: a new kind of compost classroom

Where would you go to learn how to make exquisite compost?  Perhaps an organic market garden? Maybe a community garden, or an urban farm if you're lucky enough to live near one?You might have a friendly garden centre that offers educational workshops, or a foodie with a classroom set up at their workplace?  There are lots of places to learn how to make compost, but sadly, in New Zealand, there aren't many places to learn about biodynamic composting.  This is where Blue Borage step...

March 9, 2022

Super Simple Hot Compost - 4 Steps to Success

Here at Blue Borage we are keen to see gardeners everywhere embrace biodynamic composting. The easiest place to start is by turning your garden waste into soil. Keep weeds in the garden??  Yes, all of them. ...

March 2, 2022

Tips for Successful Summer Gardening

Have you ever bought a big trolley full of plants, got them home, planted them, and then found a few days later that everything was curled up, dry and without life? It can be so discouraging, but NOT a reason to give up on your garden this summer.  Here are some tips for starting a new garden, or reviving your garden in the middle of summer. ...

February 7, 2022

VIP treatment for all seedlings: the Blue Borage method

I often call myself a lazy gardener... but really that's just an excuse to break the rules as I look for more efficient ways to use my time and energy. One area of gardening I avoid cutting corners is in growing seedlings. These babies get the very best care and attention.  Read on to see just how much time these take to grow, and what makes them very, very different to what is sold in garden centres. ...

December 17, 2021

CPP (Cow Pat Pit)

Have you heard the term 'CPP' used and wondered what it means? Or perhaps you've heard people use the full term 'Cow Pat Pit', and it's no clearer?  Sometimes Biodynamics seems more mysterious than it needs to, and the names for things like CPP become a code name. Put simply, it's cow manure which is mixed with a little crushed egg shell, some volcanic rock dust, kneaded for an hour, and gets the six Biodynamic compost preparations added to it: yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak b...

December 17, 2021

Make your weeds work for you

Why would you pay attention to this negative aspect of gardening? Blue Borage is about solving problems, fixing pain points.  This means addressing one of the big gardening challenges - weeds.  Implementing a green waste management system will give you clear processes for each of the weeds you have growing, which can give each of them a purpose, and allow for peaceful co-existence. End the war against weeds, end the war against nature.   A lot of home gardeners want to make b...

December 5, 2021

Compost Activators: 12 week composting intensive

Why a follow-up programme? Almost everyone who follows Blue Borage is fully on board with the concept of hot composting, and many have already invested thousands of dollars in their garden and their garden education. But... most people still aren't making as much soil as they need or want. I want to be able to help you get SO excited about composting that the pull to make soil is stronger than whatever is holding you back. Nuts and bolts of this new offer It's a 12 week programme,...

November 29, 2021

Would you like some help planning your edible garden?

Sometimes there is just too much information to sift through and it really helps to make swift progress by getting expert advice on what you could do with your space. This is when the Blue Borage kitchen garden coaching services are of most use.  Over the last few years this has evolved from a one-off meeting into a three month coaching package with a range of optional products and services.  Will it continue to evolve? Probably! Here's how the service is currently set up - y...

January 11, 2021

Beneficial Weeds & Companion Plants

I love weeding my garden - not just because it ends up a bit tidier with space to plant more seedlings, but because of the buckets of fresh green weeds I collect for making compost. This green material is the one thing I always seem to run out of as I build hot compost piles, so bit by bit I've started growing lots of these 'extra' plants.  Would you like a handy list of the useful weeds, herbs and flowers that you can grow just for your compost?  Here's a PDF file you can print out an...

January 11, 2021

Why grow yarrow?

Yarrow is one of my favourite herbs, but it took biodynamic compost to spark my curiosity about it. Once I saw how effective the compost preparations were, I simply had to learn about each of the plants.  What follows is a sneak peak into the online course on herb gardening, due for release on 18/1/21. At the moment, you can access this content through the Blue Borage Summer School, a bundle with 11 courses. ...

January 10, 2021

You too can turn your garden waste into soil

Are you looking around your garden and feeling like it's all growing a little too fast? Early summer is good for making hot compost, because you can cut back all the weeds, overgrown trees, and get the green waste into a hot compost pile which may just be ready to use by May, when you'll be planting out your garden for the winter. Here's a handy pdf download to start gathering materials to make a giant compost pile.  ...

December 16, 2020

Human Design & Your Garden

Have you come across Human Design yet? I am fascinated by it, have been studying it off and on for 5 years, and now, as 2020 comes to a close, I'm getting curious about how I can blend my studies with my work, to one day become the 'Human Design Compost Consultant'.  Read on to learn a little more about this system... ...

December 6, 2020

Notes from the 2020 Biodynamic Online Conference

I've been a member of the Biodynamic Association of North America for a few years - it started with a webinar I really wanted to attend, and the membership tiers had been freshly established so that for just US$10 I could access a huge amount of content.  The conference fee was a little more of a stretch... and I did have to ponder it for a few days. In the end I decided I just really needed to spend time with the people I admire most - and I have no regrets.  The n...

November 13, 2020

Regenerative, Biodynamics, Permaculture - what method does Blue Borage use?

Here at Blue Borage biodynamics guides all gardening and composting. Did you know biodynamics is one of the earliest methods of modern organic agriculture? It is inherently regenerative - healing the land while also growing crops, improving the quality of the soil year upon year. When it comes to permaculture and all the other great gardening methods I'm no expert... I have many close friends who are devoted to approaches like Korean Natural Farming, Food Forests, the use of biochar, s...

October 14, 2020

Mrs D's Bird Sanctuary

When I was little we used to spend Christmas with my grandparents in Timaru, and I have vague memories of their garden being full of delights - raspberries, redcurrents and roses. It probably wasn't all that big, but for a little person it felt magical - ample space to sit and enjoy the summer and hide from the rest of the family for some peace and quiet. I felt a similar sense of magical tranquility when I first saw Mrs D's garden, and the more I learned, the more I fell in love ...

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