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The Maria Thun Biodynamic Almanac 2024

North American Edition

August 2023
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    29th August 2023
  • ISBN 9781782508717
  • Language English
  • Pages 96 pp.
  • Size 6.14" x 9.2"

The original, and still the best, biodynamic sowing and planting calendar, now in its 62nd year. Shows the optimum days for sowing, pruning and harvesting plants and crops. All in times shown in EST.

The Maria Thun Biodynamic Almanac 2024: North American Edition has been adapted for Eastern Standard Time dates and times.

The original biodynamic sowing and planting almanac, now in its 62nd year. The easy-to-view layout features detailed planting, tending and harvesting information to help growers maximize the yield and vitality of crops and plants. Trusted by generations of farmers and gardeners, the ultimate biodynamic calendar features:

√ The clear, user-friendly layout makes it simple to plan what to do and when
√ Space is dedicated to detailed explanations of the recommended activities, which helps you get the best from what you grow
√ Detailed planting, tending, and harvesting information maximizes the yield and flavor of crops and plants
√ Solar and lunar events, as well as details on planetary aspects are provided dedicated space
√ The pull-out wallchart can be displayed in a barn, shed, or greenhouse as a quick reference
√ The lay-flat spine makes it easy to consult the Almanac during planning, keep your place and make notes
√ Recycled FSC paper and the print process using plant-based inks reduces chemical emissions and makes this almanac easier to recycle

This trusted sowing and planting almanac will become a reliable companion that helps both seasoned growers and those just starting out to get the best possible harvest and healthiest foods.

“This little paperback is essential for all organic gardeners. It is the original annual biodynamic planting guide. Incredibly condensed amounts of information are available [here].... Illustrated throughout with some lovely photos and clear diagrams.”


“This little paperback calendar is the original of its kind and essential for all organic gardeners. An established following ensures good sales of this useful guide, which has a special feature on the care of bees.”

— Bookseller Buyers' Guide

C O N T E N T S:


What are the basic principles of the almanac?
How do I use the almanac?
What’s shown in the almanac?
Times and symbols
I’d like to understand the astronomy in more detail
Why are other astronomic events important?
Astronomical symbols
Converting to local time


More tips inspired by biodynamics
Crop tables
Companion planting
Biodynamic preparations
Animal and insect pests; fungal problems
Sowing and felling times for trees and shrubs
Moon diagrams

Maria Thun (by Titia Thun)
The barrel preparation (by Titia Thun and Friedrich Thun)
The tree bark preparation (by Titia Thun and Friedrich Thun)

Further reading and biodynamic associations

Titia Thun

Titia Maria Thun was born in Marburg, in central Germany. She studied German literature and history of art at Jena University. She has been involved in calculating data and writing for the Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar for a number of years. In 2020, she and her brother, Friedrich, took over the creation of the calendar and the management of the family farm from their late father, Matthias. Titia is the granddaughter of biodynamic pioneer Maria Thun. She lives in Dexbach, Germany.

Matthias Thun

Matthias Thun achieved an MA in beekeeping in 1966 and has been a beekeeper for more than fifty years. The son of Maria Thun, the biodynamic pioneer, Matthias continues his mother's research into the effects of the moon, planets, and stars on biodynamic agriculture and methods and has lectured on beekeeping at international biodynamic conferences and training seminars. He is the author of Biodynamic Beekeeping: A Sustainable Way to Keep Happy, Healthy Bees (2020) and produces the annual biodynamic guides Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar and When Wine Tastes Best.