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The Biodynamic Year

Increasing Yield, Quality and Flavour: 100 Helpful Tips for the Gardener or Smallholder

Maria Thun
Translated by Matthew Barton
April 2010
More details
  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    19th April 2010
  • ISBN 9781906999148
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 10"

Maria Thun, a preeminent expert in biodynamic methods of cultivation, or “premium organic,” has collected more than a hundred of her best gardening tips from fifty years’ research.


  • how to produce abundant and flavorful crops
  • how special preparations can transform soil and plants
  • how the moon affects planting and growth
  • the difference between root, leaf, blossom, and fruit plants
  • the best storage methods
  • much more

Join the author on a journey through the seasons and discover great new tips and suggestions. The Biodynamic Year contains a wealth of advice for gardeners who wish to care for and manage nature more responsibly and successfully.

Maria Thun

Maria Thun (1922–2012) was born near Malburg, Germany. Her father had a small farm and the children took part in the farm work. In the early 1940s Maria Thun met her future husband Walter Thun, who introduced her to some biodynamic farmers and Maria became greatly interested in these farming methods. She continued to experiment with sowing during the 1950s with many types of crops to see whether the movement of the moon had the same effect on all crops. From her observations she divided passage of the moon through the zodiac into four: root days, leaf days, fruit days and flower days, each indicating which type of plant is best sown on each specific day. Her annual sowing and planting calendar is published in eighteen languages.