Category Archives: Indoor gardens: garlic

Spring Sprouts

Merry meet all,

My project for herby sprouts is working!! I am amazed at how a whole huge plant can start from a tiny seed. I now have a garden on my windowsill. I’m growing snapdragons, lavender, thyme, basil, moonflower and morning glories, tomatoes, pumpkins, elecampagne from seed. My calendula overwintered and is now flowering! I also just bought black rose seeds.

I accidentally snipped a calendula flower and stem. I put the stem in a glass of water and waited and waited. Several weeks later the stem grew roots which I planted back into the same pot with the other calendula. I have three sprigs of rosemary in a glass of water to grow roots.

Patience is important when growing from seed. Try not to over water the plants. That killed my dill sprout. Just add a tiny drop of water every other day or if the seedling looks limp. Keep the starter pots by a sunny window. I have a plastic bag around the starter pots which helps to trap the water. Use good seedling potting soil. It is geared towards starting plants from seed. Let the seedlings grow on their own.

My moonflower just germinated!! It is weeks away till I can plant them but it is fun to watch them grow and help them along. I use a small clear plastic mister bottle which I have watered the seedlings with. You can also water from beneath. That prevents the seedling from root rot and dying. If you do water on the surface of the soil, add a tiny amount of water.

Small to tiny seeds lie on the surface of the soil. Water the soil prior to planting the seeds so they don’t drown. Bigger seeds are planted deeper in the soil. The sprouts still push through soil. So now we have sun, soil, water and time… what else? Love. Be gentle to your plants. Let them grow and just trust that they will grow. Before you know it, you will have a full fledged garden of seedlings waiting to bloom once the frost has passed.

Don’t disturb or transplant young seedlings. Let them grow where they are. You can if you want magically empower the seeds to fulfill your magical intention. The roots take time to be fully developed. Transplanting them too early can put the seedling in shock and damage it. They are content in the home that they germinated in. When it is time to harden the seedlings and plant them outside, then you can uproot them. Again, patience is key.

My morning glory seedlings )O(

Starting your plants from seed indoors has a few advantages. They are protected from the frost, can grace your window with their beauty and you can be sure that you will have a beautiful plant growing. If you start from seed, you control the growing conditions. You can grow several of the same plant without paying a fortune. Your plants will be ready to go once the frost has passed, saving you the effort of buying the same plants from the garden center.  

I’m starting the nasturtiums from seed outside. They are easy to grow and grow well there. Snapdragons seed heads look like skulls, which is one of the reasons why I bought the seeds. I also like the sound of the plant’s name. I’m running out of room for more seedlings. This has been a magical and fun project. 

My snowdrops have bloomed. My spring bulbs are growing slowly too. I can’t wait. 

Happy planting!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

Leave a comment

Filed under coneflower, crocuses, daffodils, drainage holes, drying herbs. gathering, early frosts of spring, earth, earth care, easy flower to grow, Education about nature, environmentally friendly, faeries, faery crafts, Faery gardens, faery magick at Midsummer, fertilizer, flower, flowers, flowers and herbs, four elements, fresh buds, garden, garden magic, gardening, germinating, Green abundance, growth, healing properties of herbs, herb, herb crafts., herb harvest, herb magick, herbal crafts, Herbal tools, herbs, herbs and flowers, importance of organic seeds, Indoor gardens: garlic, Indoor vegetable garden, kitchen witchery, lavender, lemon verbena, Nature, organic herbs, plant spirit, planters, planters with drainage holes, plants, Popular magickal Herbs, potting soil, power, power of spring, projects, properties, ritual, roots, sacred herbs, saving seeds, seed, seed trays, seedheads, seedlings, seeds, seeds and seedlings

Decorating for Imbolc

Sblossoms2

Merry meet all,

Imbolc is almost here!! Imbolc is the halfway point between the rages of winter and the onset of spring. For all you southern hemisphere readers, you are now entering Lammas. The Wheel of the Year spins eternally, this time it settles on Imbolc. 

Many Witches honor the Goddess Brigid at Imbolc. The traditional colours are red and white. Blood is connected with life. White reflects snow. Brigid is also tied to the colour green. She wears the colour green on her mantle and for the life beginning to stir under the snow. 

The altar decor should reflect the theme of Imbolc. Try adding spring flowers to your altar such as daffodils, hyacinth, snowdrops and crocuses. You could decorate the altar with both flowers and candles. 

Make a Brigid’s doll from corn or use a corn doll you made in the past (I don’t believe in burning them) and dress her in a white dress made from simple cotton. Add an anvil or hammer, a book of poetry, sacred animals such as cows or swans, and herbs. 

Burn lots of white candles and decorate your home and altar area in flowers. Imbolc is the first of the three early spring Sabbats. 

I wish you all a magickal Imbolc

Blessings

Lady Spiderwitch 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under bird songs, early frosts of spring, fiery, fiery energy, fire, fire festival, hyacinth, ice candles for Imbolc, Imbolc, Imbolc blessings, Imbolg, importance of organic seeds, Indoor gardens: garlic

Herbs Book- Healing Herbs

CIMG2691

Merry meet all,

I am happy to be published in a book about healing herbs. The editor of Essential Herb magazine,which I used to write for, wrote a book on herbs and included my contribution about growing ginger in the book. 

This is good news!!! It is timely since spring is 30 days away. I can’t wait to read it. I have included a link to the book below. It is not yet released till next month. 
Exciting!
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

Link: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/healing-herbs-a-beginners-guide/9781592336500-item.html?ikwid=healing+herbs&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=4

Leave a comment

Filed under healing properties of herbs, health, healthy plants, heirloom seeds, herb, herb crafts., herb harvest, herb magick, herbal crafts, Herbal tools, herbs, herbs and flowers, holy basil, importance of organic seeds, Indoor gardens: garlic, Indoor vegetable garden, ivy, kitchen witchery, lavender, lemon verbena, lemons

My indoor & outdoor herb garden Project

Merry Meet All,

Indoor gardening, especially in early spring, presents possibilities otherwise impossible in other conditions. For myself, I am experimenting with growing garlic, thyme, sage, an English ivy plant, and ginger indoors. The garlic bulb has already shot up 2 sprouts. The ginger is taking its own time. The thyme seems happy as well as my orchid, my umbrella plant, sage, and English Ivy. I also have a spider plant in my bathroom.

I fermented some tomato seeds and now have a sprout in a pot, as I mentioned in an earlier post. I plan to grow the ginger and garlic indoors all year long. I tried growing garlic in my garden and it vanished. So hence I am growing garlic indoors. My mother has a beautiful indoor ginger plant and is the reason why I was inspired to do so. I think ginger plants are beautiful.

I plan to order a lot of mixed organic seeds from Horizon Herbs for my garden this spring. I like them because the seeds are certified organic. I look forward to my second project this summer, which is outdoor container gardening. Oh I can’t wait.

So I shall update you all regularly on my indoor gardening efforts as time goes. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I will be posting here about the upcoming Beltaine Sabbat here in the future.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Leave a comment

Filed under ginger, herbs, Indoor gardens: garlic, ivy