It’s bio­dy­namic baby…

Element - - LIFE STYLE - Rich­mond Plains rich­mond­

Bio­dy­nam­ics is es­sen­tially an ex­ten­sion of or­gan­ics that takes a wider, holis­tic ap­proach to land use. The land is viewed as a whole, liv­ing ecosys­tem in­flu­enced by the earth’s nat­u­ral rhythms, rhythms that are in turn in­flu­enced by the moon and the sun. Hav­ing been or­gan­i­cally run since its in­cep­tion in 1991, the team at Rich­mond Plains in Nel­son felt they were in a prime po­si­tion to con­vert their vine­yards into bio­dy­nam­ics and sub­se­quently pro­duced the first sau­vi­gnon blanc and pinot noir to be fully cer­ti­fied by both BioGro and Deme­ter in New Zealand. Com­post and horn ma­nure (of­ten re­ferred to as ‘prepa­ra­tion 500) are spread in the Rich­mond Plains vine­yard dur­ing the de­scend­ing moon whose ef­fects en­hance root growth and soil ac­tiv­ity. Fo­liar sprays such as com­post teas and horn sil­ica (oth­er­wise known as ‘prepa­ra­tion 501) are ap­plied dur­ing the as­cend­ing moon which ac­cord­ing to Rich­mond Plains web­site, in­creases vi­tal­ity and vigour of the vine shoots, fruit and leaves.

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