Starting a witch garden can be intimidating. Many friends tell me, I have a black thumb, I can’t even keep basil alive. Mistake one, basil doesn’t stay alive! There are some saints who can keep a basil plant going forever, but for most people its an annual that grows for a month or two, flowers, seeds, and dies to come up again next year if the conditions are right.
Begin, by managing your expectations. First, is it a plant that is known to be easy to grow from seed like mint, or difficult like lavender? Is it a variety that needs shade or sun, moist soil or dry soil, a heavy feeder (needs fertilized often) or likes waste spaces (don’t fertilize it).
Does it come up right away like, or take weeks? Does it need frost to come up? or will frost kill it? How many seeds can you expect to come up? Does it need thinned? Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t! Pick one or two easy to grow herbs and just learn what those ones like. Then after you have those two down, add a couple more next year.
If you are going to grow a garden from seed, begin the seeds several months before your area’s last frost. And don’t put the baby plants out too early, no matter how nice it is outside. I always think, oh its been sunny for two weeks, and I am just itchy to put my plants out. But wiser friends tell me to wait til Mother’s day. They are right, for my area, you just have to wait past Beltane to put the plants out. Find out from experienced gardeners in your area when its danger of frost is past.
But you can start your plants inside very early. Anytime after Yule is okay for me to start seeds. But I usually don’t get round to it till March. But the earlier the better and the healthier the plants I put out will be. But even now isn’t too late to start some seeds.
So along with picking out your Yule presents, check out your favorite seed catalog, and plan what you will buy. Go in with friends, because you rarely need all the seeds in a pack just for yourself and to save on shipping.
Get some peat moss or some planting soil and put them in whatever small containers you have around. Yogurt cups, toilet paper rolls, anything. You can poke a small hole in the bottom of the container and set it in a bigger container or on a plate and then keep them moist until the plants are standing well on their own. Don’t pour water over the top of very thin baby plants, pour water into the plate or container under your little pots so they can soak the water up.
If a bunch of little plants come up right next to each other, thin them out by carefully pulling some of them apart. You can replant them if you have more pots, or just put them in compost. Do this very carefully as to not damage the plants you are keeping.
When the stems are nice and strong and the plant looks happy and stable, you can carefully pull the dirt out of the pot, including the plant. And put it in a bigger pot or in the ground.
A few good starter from seed plants for new gardeners:
Mint, oregano, thyme, lemon balm, clary sage, mullien, valerian, and mugwort.
A few good ones to buy starts of:
Lavender and rosemary
Unknown (via frostnymph)
I feel that I should point out that using deities, angels, spirits, or ghosts like magic placeholders or magic eight balls could be really problematic. Deities, angels, spirits, and ghosts tend to be multifaceted and have personalities, thoughts, and feelings of their own. Don’t just pick one out of the sky and hope for the best.
For example, a book may say that Kali, Ares, and The Morrigan are war deities. But this is not all that they are. Studying mythology would also tell you that they have very different personalities and that one of them comes from a potentially closed culture (i.e. step back and potentially step off). If you just picked one of these deities at random for something and said, “Please help me defeat my enemies.” You might end up in the shit.
Research, think, and use your common sense when invoking deities, angels, spirits, or ghosts! You may end up satisfied or you may end up with your life in shambles.
That reminds me, I have joined Flight Rising! If any of my followers play and want to add me, I’m Kaifersk.
WAIT HOW DO SOME OF YOU NEW GUYS ALREADY HAVE SIX DRAGONS
I don’t know man I turned around and people from tumblr were throwing dragons at me which is 100% TOTALLY OKAY WITH ME I LOVE THEM
Then I bought another imp 8>
DUSKEN CAN YOU SIGNAL BOOST THAT IM GIVING AWAY A FOREST/FOREST/AQUA SNAPPER?
WAIT WHAT PUT ME IN THIS GIVE AWAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOVELY DRAGON
also signal boost
SURE THING FRIEND
The first 10 people to message me on flight rising (I’m lionandwolf) will get to choose a dragon out of my lair. Dusken, can you signal boost?
I feel like literally all of the pagan and witchcraft comm moved en masse into flight rising and just started tearing shit up
irrumo, irrumare, irrumavi, irrumatum
First conjugation verb
to defile, to face-fuck, irrumate
I didn’t know I needed to know the Latin term for “face-fuck.” But I did.
Catullus for the win! It’s carmen n.16, which also contains the verb for “fuck in the ass”: Pedico, as, pedicavi, pedicatum, pedicare. (I always wonder why italian and english speaking countries have different systems for paradigms) (oh, and Catullus, Plautus and Martial are great sources for cursing and filthy words in latin, as long as Aristophanes does for greek)
Hail, Mother Ceres
Lady of Abundance
Nourisher of the Green World
It is You that provides for us
Without Your loving touch
Our Hearts would wither
Golden Goddess of the Deep
As grain is tended by Your kindness
May our spirits be tended to