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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(

 

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Herbs Book- Healing Herbs

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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

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Kitchen Magick

Merry Meet All,

Rain washes the earth and wind swishes in the trees. The earth is being cleansed by the transformative Element of Water. The rain encourages the plants in our gardens to grow stronger roots. THe rain also encourages slugs. I kicked six of them out to the compost bin today. But insects come with the territory.

On this wet afternoon, I skimmed through a book I recently bought. Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery. I love this book for its numerous practical + magical spells. I have tried them and already sense a difference in my apartment. I scrubbed the windows and the doors down with a cleansing mix. I cleaned the drains and pipes of the kitchen and bathroom. I made a wonderful herbal infusion to pour down the drains and pipes. I now have setup a new kitchen altar in my kitchen. The round altar is decorated with a beautiful sarong cloth. The sarong is a beautiful purple decked with gorgeous black and purple crescent moons. Upon the altar, I placed a pentacle, my clay goddess, candles, crystals, a framed photo of my grandfather, fresh sage, a bee tile, and a seashell. I also placed an offering bowl upon the altar. I love the sarong.

I highly encourage you all to try the spells and herbal references from this book. If you don’t have a certain ingredient, you can improvise. Never feel you have to have just the perfect ingredient. That can limit your magick.

The author includes family in the book, which is original and stands out from other metaphysical books. I don’t have a family of my own but I do have a niece + nephew so I could understand. She writes from a blend of magic and practicality. The spells are more easy and enjoyable to do that way. I feel this book has boosted my magickal self at a time when I really needed it. I hope the book aids you on your magickal path too.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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