As i said last time, you can use this preparation in your compost heap, as a starter, and directly on the garden.
As a Compost Starter
To use in the heap, as compost starter, take about an ounce of it and sprinkle it on the top of the heap after each layer of compost material you add. Because it’s been mixed with the cow manure and the basalt it works quickly into the heap, making it brew quickly and well.
As a Garden Booster
NB – It doesn’t work instead of making compost but it does give the garden a big boost. You still need to make compost, the soil needs the physical humus and nourishment compost provides as well as all the goodness from the BD preps. However Cow-Pat-Pit adds extra oomph to what you’re already giving by using the preps on the garden in the ordinary way.
You need …
- · 100gm cow-pat-pit
- For the average town garden use the same bucket ½ full of warm water. Use rain water if you can or, if it has to be tap water, then leave overnight before use to allow the fluoride and other chemicals in the tap water to evaporate
- · The trusty stirring stick
- · Sprayer or paintbrush
- · Clock
- Stir for 20 minutes first in one direction and then the other, making a vortex, as you do for 500 and 501.
- Flick the mixture onto your garden with the brush you use for the 500.
NB – You can buy cow-pat-pit already made up from your Biodynamic association, see BD Resources page for a listing.
You can add 500 to it but this means stirring for an hour rather than the 20 minutes – your choice, it’s quite OK to do 500 + Cow-Pat-Pit all in one go.
Cow pat pit is used at any time – although preferably on a root day – to improve soil fertility. Some people spray it on three consecutive days before planting. We do three consecutive spraying on the same afternoon. This mean an hour of stirring, broken into three portions, and a bit longer with the spraying as you go round the same area three times. We find it works well and begin to notice the effects within a couple of days of doing the stirring. We apply it to all beds, flowers and woodland as well as veg and fruit, and to the lawn.
You can also use cow-pat-pit as a seed bath and for newly transplanted young plants. It activates the soil, encouraging better soil structure and breakdown of organic and inorganic substances.
Basalt & Minerals …
You’ll see you use basalt again in this prep as for the tree paste. Basalt is a volcanic rock with particular properties, it’s worth Googling to find out more about it.
Like so many things, we don’t know why tiny amounts of minerals are so necessary to good plant growth and health. With the “bigger is better” concepts prevalent since WWII the idea of infinitesimal amounts of something making a difference may be harder to understand, but these tiny amounts of minerals do make a big difference. Nature works with them by herself, in the wild. They are equally effective used by us in our gardening, especially in vegetable gardening as we take the plants from the soil or cut them right back in order to eat them. Consequently they don’t die down and give the nourishment back to the soil as they would more often in the wild – even grazing animals don’t pull up the grass, except for starving hippos who certainly do wreck their environment when they and it get out of balance!
But the minerals in basalt seem to have an a very strong and beneficial effect on the soil, and are extremely useful to gardeners. Combined with the cow dung, eggshells and the compost preps they make a potent mix, well worth using … and making if you have the time, space and energy.
It doesn’t work instead of making compost but it does give the garden a big boost. It’s very useful for the times when you’ve not been able to work with the Calendar but we use it here a couple of times a year just to help everything along. We see a difference within a couple of days!
You still need to make compost, the soil needs the physical humus and nourishment it provides as well as all the goodness from the BD preps, however the Cow-Pat-Pit prep adds extra oomph to the oomph you’re already giving by using the preps on the garden in the ordinary way.