Enjoy and happy stirring!
The great thing about this time of year is its perfect timing for tree planting and prairie seed sowing.
I attended a biodynamic workshop at Michael Fields Institute in Spring. Biodynamic principles vary from permaculture, but both are founded on strong ecologically responsible basis. Many permaculture gardens have aspects of biodynamic design and vice versa.
Unique to biodynamic is "preparations" or concentrations of composed plants used to give minerals, vitamins, etc to a crop. Tree trunks are considered an extension of the root with the leaves and fruit being the plant itself. This means that the trunk needs to be fertilized just as the roots are. And so came the invention of manure paint.
Manure spread on fields by farmers provides nutrients to the soil. Manure painted on a tree gives nutrients the same way.
The ladies of BackyardBiodynamics show how to make Biodynamic Tree Paste (a nicer way of saying Manure paint). The recipe is given in the video as well, but is
-2 parts silica sand
-3 parts potting clay
-4 parts cow manure (fresh and organic being best but bagged organic will work in a pinch).
Add enough water to make it the consistency of mortar or cake-batter, which ever analogy best fits your lifestyle.