Biodynamics

Before entering as an intern at Cricket’s Cove, I did not know the term “biodynamic.”
.. What is biodynamic gardening? (google keeps trying to say it’s not a real word, in spell check; 😛 Just like the word herbalism). I asked Marianne on my first day working here. Well, it is certainly a much older term then the latest catch-craze-word you see all over grocery items and ways to garden in this current time.

Right now I am studying and participating in learning about biodynamic gardening at the farm. By no-means am I an expert in this way of gardening. Even so, since learning about this approach of growing plants with your homestead, and the more I understand it – I have a strong feeling, I shall have both certified organic by New Zealand and biodynamic certified in the nearby future. 🙂

It saddens me that Cricket’s Cove is the only one is the state of Virginia which is certified biodynamic. Not many farms in the United States are certified biodynamic.

If you wish to learn what biodynamic is in comparison to organic farming, you can watch this very easy youtube video created by the Biodynamic Association. They did a magnificent job explaining it at the Biodynamic Education Centre, Australia; with the gardeners at Garden Organic, UK:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgduHhfv3ms

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Luna Moths are on their way! :D

Last evening, after returning from a hard day at work (Allandale Farm: Nursery and Greenhouse staff employee) -I felt it was time to purchase a set of three Luna Moths for the month of April. Luna Moths, as far as I have learned of them recently; tend to emerge from their cocoons in the month of April. They have the lifespan of a mere one week and have an average wingspan of three in a half to four inches. So, if I happen to receive not all males or females: my studies in Luna Moth care, will not just be the adult stage part. 🙂  😛

I should be getting these three lovelies on March 29th. In the meanwhile, I shall be looking for a rather large (globe shaped hopefully) terrarium, small chicken wire (to protect them from our kitties in the house/to not escape) and natural habitat plants for their transition of adoption. 🙂

Once everything is set up and they arrive: I shall be documenting their progress and of anything I happen to learn with this hands-on lesson of mine. I will of course, take photos of these beautiful moths in cocoon stage and their later progress, and upload their photographs here. 🙂 Maybe, I’ll even post a link from youtube to a short video (we’ll see). 😉 😀
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Update: March 29th, 2017

Hooray! The three babies are here. 😀 ~ ❤ The Luna Moths should emerge from their cocoons within three weeks. If not, I place them in the refrigerator for at least two weeks at 45 degrees Fahrenheit (the Luna Moths are probably in diapause; hibernation if they do not come out of their cocoons roughly in three weeks from now). Then I will allow another two weeks at room temperature for their emergence. 🙂  I also shall be misting them daily to keep the cocoons moist. I placed a small glass water bowl in the terrarium nearby the cocoons to help keep the air moist.

Hopefully, they will make their debut in the next three weeks. 😀