Alleviate Frost Damage in Crops
Using Valerian ( 507 )
With extreme weather changes becoming the norm these days, orchardists and vignerons often experience damaging late frosts at blossoming time which severely reduce fruit set.
Biodynamic Farmers and Gardeners who wish to minimise damage from early Autumn or late Spring frosts on their gardens, orchards, vineyards or crops have a valuable tool in the Valerian Preparation ( 507) for doing so.
If there is a serious risk of night frosts, rhythmically stir 10ml of Valerian Prep/ha for 15 minutes in up to 125litres warmed water. Spray above the crops with a mist spray of the valerian solution late in the evening. As a rule there will be no damage from temperatures dropping to -3 or -4°C. If the frost is expected to be more serious than this you can use up to 60ml Valerian Prep/ha.
If frost remains on the crop in the morning or the evening spray has been neglected, the crop can still be rescued by applying another spray of Valerian Preparation in the early morning.
Valerian Preparation can be mixed with Seaweed Concentrate to spray out. An added benefit of spraying your crop with Valerian Preparation is that it enhances flowering in the crop.
There is also the protection offered by their annual application of diluted Biodynamic Tree Paste over the whole orchard to consider.
High quality Valerian (507) can be purchased through the BAA website: www.biodynamics.net.au or by phoning the office: 02 6655 0566, 9am-5pm
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In general, using biodynamic methods and preparations creates deeper topsoil, increases root mass and depth, increases carbon capture and water holding capacity of soils, improves plant health and raises the yield and flavour of all farm and garden produce.
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd promotes and supports this proven and field-tested form of regenerative agriculture and gardening throughout Australia. We are dedicated to improving the vitality of soils, thereby increasing plant and animal vigor, pest and disease resistance and most importantly, maximising the nutritional value of human and animal foods.
We run workshops and field days; provide information via this website, our journal and advisory service and make quality biodynamic preparations for all.
Our products are made using natural methods, without additives, and protect the grower from manufacturing substances he/she may not be aware of. All of our inputs are natural – diatomaceous earth; basalt dust; pure potters clay; ground silica; certified organic herbs; biodynamic cow manure from a local biodynamic farm. Our liquid ocean concentrates are regularly tested for heavy metals and are certified organic by NASAA; our soil preparations are tested for weed seed contamination.
Biodynamics is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925).
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