Another method unique to Biodynamic farming is Peppering. No, it’s not the use of pepper, but the use of ashes (produced after a method) that is sprinkled over affected areas in the farm like pepper. Peppering reduces weeds, insects and rodents. Because peppering is quite powerful, we only use it as a last resort. This is because it completely eradicated something from a treated area, and cannot establish or maintain a healthy balance, especially when what we aim for is a healthy, ecological and interdependent ecosystem.
What is peppering?
Peppering excludes a specific pest from the area you treat by getting the pest, burning it and putting it back to the soil.
How do you make the “pepper?”
Capture the pest and burn it to ash. The ash is then sprinkled like pepper around the perimeter of the affected area. The timing is specific to the type of pest and what planetary influences rule their reproduction:
Animals – when the planet Venus is in the constellation of Scorpio.
Winged insects – when the Sun is in Gemini, and the Moon is in a water sign.
Hard shelled insects – when the Sun is in Taurus and the Moon is in Taurus.
Snails and slugs – when the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon is in a water sign.
Weed seeds – at full Moon or moon is in Leo.
Some additional tips from other farmers:
Taken in part from http://backyardbiodynamics.com/