Horn Silica and horn manure
Before going ahead you must know this way to grow takes more time than regular cultures. It is a way to prepare your soil and some types of composts that take some seasons. Therefore, if you begin during the autumn, they will be ready in spring. Sometimes, you begin in springtime and the product is ready in autumn. Think in a different way if you decide to use biodynamic praxis to grow your cannabis plants.
These two formulas (500 and 501) belong to biodynamic agriculture, which is an alternative system, very similar to organic farming that includes several esoteric concepts developed in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Professor Steiner did important research on soil fertility and livestock care, considering both matters as interrelated tasks. Rudolf Steiner emphasized the spiritual and mystical aspects of the agriculture.
Biodynamic agriculture has many things in common with other types of ecological and organic agricultures. Above all, it emphasizes the use of manure and compost and avoids the use of artificial and chemical products on soil and plants. Biodynamic agriculture uses several herbal and mineral products for compost and soil sprays. They are prepared with methods that are more akin to sympathetic magic than regular agriculture, such as burying ground quartz stuffed into the horn of a cow. Those who practice this type of agriculture say they harvest the cosmic forces. Biodynamic agriculture has in common with other organic ways to treat our crops the use of practices that try to restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
Under no circumstances you must use chemicals and always must consider the celestial and terrestrial influences on biological organisms. Biodynamic agriculture is different to other types of organic agricultures in its spiritual, mystical and astrological orientation. The farmers tend to use livestock manure to enhance plant growth and the maintenance of a good soil.
The 501 cow horn silica formula is one of the two main preparations used in biodynamic agriculture. It helps to bring light to our culture and enhances the health of the plants. Although it is very effective for all types of plants, it is specifically useful for vertical ones, such as cannabis, and, moreover, it improves the leaf surface and the buds. We bury the horn inside the soil in springtime and can be removed in autumn.
According to Rudolf Steiner, one of the most important reasons to use horn silica is because our atmosphere is too contaminated with products made by men. Microwaves and different electromagnetic pollution are everywhere. Moreover, we have our own emotional pollution, such as fear, hate, greed, and so on. Steiner said horn silica allows plants to connect with the cosmos even through the different layers of pollution. The cosmic connection is essential for the balance plant growth.
Besides the 501 preparation we have the formula 500. In fact it is a type of humus made of manure already decomposed. We leave it buried in the soil at 50 centimeters deep during the winter and we will recover it in spring. This formula is supposed to enhance earth and fertility. It has to be sprayed in big droplets on the ground during the night. It must be sprayed on the plants and above them during the early morning; just before the sun rises. This formula has to be done filling the horn with cow manure and burying it underground at the same depth than formula 501.The 500 and 501 formulas are like counterbalances for each other. This formula is great to improve the quality of the soil and it enhances fertility of plants.
To prepare our horn silica formula 501 we must ground quartz to a fine powder. Once this is done, we introduce the powder into a cow horn (it has to be a cow, not a bull). You must bury the horn in the ground (half a meter deep approximately) about the spring solstice and dig it during the autumn solstice.
The reason why the horn has to be from a cow and not from a bull is because cows have some enzymes which make the whole difference.
The horn silica dose we must use is very small, even less than a teaspoon diluted in about 30 liters of pure water. It has to be pure water! This tiny dose is enough to energize a whole hectare of soil. It magnifies the heat and light.
In his first lecture about this subject, Rudolf Steiner said: “Plant life as we know it today can thrive only when these two forces – the forces of substances like lime and silica – are in equilibrium and are working properly together. The substance that establishes the equilibrium and makes sure the lime and silica are working together in clay, which mediates between them. Clay is closer to silica but it still mediates towards lime”.
There are two types of horn silica: Quartz Crystal Silica (SiO2) and Feldspar Horn Silica (Ka1Si2K8).
Quartz Crystal Horn Silica is an excellent option for garden where soil has much clay. In countries like Spain, Italy, Greece and many more, about 80% of the soil is mostly clay. To enhance them, this type of horn silica is an excellent option.
Feldspar Horn Silica can be used instead of quartz. Its content in calcium can have a more direct relationship to lime than that of quartz crystal. Therefore, if your soil is sandy, it can benefit from this type of horn.
Formulas 500 and 501 are meant to enhance the soil and the health of plants. But Rudolf Steiner created more formulas to prepare the best compost.
These formulas are:
502: Yarrow blossoms (Achilea millefolium). It must be stuffed inside the urinary bladders from red deer and put it in the sun in summer. It will be ready in spring.
503: Chamomile blossoms (Matricaria recutita) that must be put inside the small instentine of cattle and buried in soil rich in humus during the fall. It must be retrieved in spring.
504: Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) plants while they are blossoming. You bury them surrounded by peat all over.
505: Oak bark (Quercus robur), cut in very small pieces and placed into the skull of a domestic animal. It must be surrounded by peat and then buried inside the soil.
506: Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinale) stuffed inside the mesentery of a cow (never a bull), and buried in the soil during the winter months. You can get it in spring.
507: Valerian flowers (Valeriana officinalis) mixed with pure water. It is a type of purin.
508: Horsetail purin.