This is the prime starter for the biodynamic process. The basic ingredient is cow manure, which is stuffed into a cow horn and buried over winter. When it is dug up in the spring, it no longer looks and smells like cow manure, but has the feel and smell of humus-rich soil. This is stirred into water and spread by large droplets over the ground.
This is made with finely ground silica quartz crystals buried in a horn over the summer. The silica forces work with photosynthesis and builds strong skeletal and cell wall structures, assisting its resistance to fungal attack. It can also be used to hasten the maturation of the plant and the seedling process. Steiner said it is the warmth aspect of silica that is important in the plant’s development.
The preparation is most often sprayed in a fine mist in the early morning. Care must be taken that the plants are not burnt in the strong sun. Spraying in the evening or on overcast days is suggested.
The flowers of the Yarrow plant (Achillea millefolium) are used in this prep and are combined with the stag’s bladder. The Yarrow preparation works with Sulphur, potash and nitrogen in the soil as well as some other trace elements. The choice of the bladder as the organ is interesting as yarrow is said to be beneficial in treating diseases of the bladder. The yarrow flowers are placed in the bladder and hung exposed to the sun in summer and then buried in the winter so they get 6 months in the air and 6 months in the ground.
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is the flower used in this preparation. They are combined with the intestine of a cow. Chamomile works with calcium, Sulphur, potash and nitrogen. The calcium/Sulphur combination has fungicide properties. A sausage is made with the dried flowers and the cow intestine and buried in autumn in a clay pipe for ease of locating when dug up in spring.
This is made by using the whole plant (Urtica dioica) when in flower. It is considered strong enough to not need augmenting in an organ and is generally placed in a clay pipe for ease of locating. Stinging nettle works with iron but also Sulphur, potassium, calcium and nitrogen.
The bark of the English Oak (Quercus robur) is ground fine and placed in a skull of a domestic animal, which is immersed in water. The calcium effects can be used to reduce or eliminate the need for lime in the soil preparation.
Wilted Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinale) are sewn into a bovine mesentery and buried over winter.
The preparation works with silicic acid and potassium. This is important in giving the soil an ethereal quality with the ability to supply the substances the plant needs.
This is a liquid preparation made by a ferment process from the juice of the flower of Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). The preparation provides for phosphorus.
This is not part of the compost prep but stands by itself as a fungal control. The silica forces in the horse tail (Equisetum arvence) strengthen the plant’s ability to cope with conditions conducive to fungal attack.
This preparation is also known as barrel compost and was developed by Maria Thun, who did amazing work in researching the effect of the planets on plant growth.
It is like homeopathic biodynamic compost and is used in broad acre applications to ensure the compost influences are spread across a large area.
It may also be used in the home garden where compost is not available.