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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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Full Moon News

Merry Meet All,

Tonight is Full Moon. I am excited and am always excited when this time comes. It is known as Storm Moon. Ostara arrives on March 20th, the vernal spring equinox. A lot to look forward to.

Recently I bought a book called Witchcraft on a Shoestring by Deborah Blake. Her book is truly awesome. I encourage everyone to grab a copy of this book who aims to practice the Craft and not cave into overspending. That is easy to do as we all know. The book is divided into crafts and recipes. She has a witty style and I enjoyed reading the book immensely.

I am a die hard DIY. I was familiar with many of the craft suggestions in the book. I realized she may have been writing for a newbie audience. People who are new to the Craft and looking for suggestions on how to save money. I have already made my own goddess figures from clay, made my own pentacles, wicker pentacles, pendulums, tumbled my own stones, sewn my own cloaks, robes and gowns and many many other crafts. Despite my own knowledge and previous experience with witchy garb and tools, I still found the book a joy to read. Some of the recipes were delicious. It never hurts to learn a new recipe. So her book must be geared toward a newbie audience.

All in all, a great book which I give ten broomsticks to!!
Read it and better yet, if you want to save money, borrow from the library. Blessings to all on this Storm Moon!!
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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