The Biodynamic Orchard Book
This book brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees, berries and shrubs using biodynamic methods, with the aim of harvesting healthy fruit free of pesticides.
Ehrenfried Pfeiffer discusses the principles of tree biology before describing the measures that can be taken to develop a pest-free orchard without the use of chemicals, including soil preparation, the selection of trees for planting, issues of transplanting and pruning, the application of pastes, green cover crops, and pest control.
Michael Maltas ran fruit tree experiments on his biodynamic farm in Missouri for four years. The results are recorded in a highly practical annual spraying schedule for orchards, which is reproduced in this book. A monthly calendar gives information on specific methods and controls, based on Maltas’s extensive experience.
This is an invaluable book with practical advice on all aspects of planning and maintaining a healthy orchard.
C O N T E N T S:
Fruit Trees, Berries, and Schrubs (Ehrenfried Pfeiffer)
Orchard Pest Management (Michael Maltas)
Formulas, Recipes, Chemicals
Bloom Sequence Calendar
Weight and Liquid Conversion
The Biodynamic Orchard Book is a thoroughly revised and updated combined edition of Biodynamic Treatment of Fruit Trees, Berries, and Shrubs by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Orchard Pest Management and Spray Schedule by Michael Maltas.
Published in association with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of North America.
About the Author
Dr. Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer (1899–1961) was born in Munich. He worked closely with Rudolf Steiner to test and document many of the effects of biodynamic practices. Pfeiffer visited the U.S. several times during the 1930s, and was awarded a doctorate for his groundbreaking theory of Sensitive Crystallization Processes as a blood test for detecting cancer. In 1940, he immigrated to the U.S., where he pioneered biodynamic agriculture and helped establish the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association. He died in Spring Valley, New York.