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Seeds of Hope

Merry meet all,

I love the warm glow of a candle on an overcast wet day. I love gardens and seeds too. I want to talk about how to start seeds in starter pots, because you know, its that time of year!!!

There is more to popping a seed into soil than most people know. It is a bit of an art and a science.

What you will need are seeds, seed starting soil, starter pots, water, and a sunny windowsill. Often, the seed packets come with instructions on where to plant the seeds and how deep and how far apart from other seeds. The size of the seed determines how it gets planted too. Tiny seeds rest on the surface of the soil and larger seeds can be planted deeper in the soil.

Don’t make the mistake I made and put too many seeds in one slot. They will grow better if they are spread out into several slots. I like to fill the starter pot with the right amount of soil and then water it. I let the soil settle then fill the cavity with soil. Then I add the seeds. This avoids the seed drowning in the wet soil and prepares the soil for the seeds. Do not fertilize the soil at this point. That comes much later.

Be sure the starter pot has a hole for water and that you have some form of tray beneath the starter pot. Add the seeds to the soil. If they are large, push them in deep using the end of a pencil. Tiny seeds rest on the surface of the soil. Lightly dust the soil over the seeds. Do not add compost or mulch. Just put the starter pot on the watering tray and then put that onto a sunny windowsill. You can also use grow lights.

At this stage, it is good to wait until a tiny sprout shoots up from the soil. Do not douse the plant in water when you see a sprout. Let the soil dry out between watering. Make sure the seedling gets plenty of sunlight. Also make sure there is a good comfortable temperature in the room.

When a seedling comes up, it will grow its first set of leaves. This is called a cotyledon. Then when it grows the next set of leaves, that is its true leaves. Despite what some sources tell you, its not a good idea to transplant a seedling when the second set of leaves appear. This only confuses the seedling resulting in the plant needing then to put its energy into being moved and adjusting to the new pot. Its energy should be focused on just growing in its present pot. When the roots show beneath or just at the bottom of the starter pot, then you can think of transplantation. Let the plant grow where it is. It is happier that way.

Try not to over water a seedling. It might rot, die off from over watering or its tips might turn brown. When my seedlings were starting out, I added the tiniest amount of water. I knew the sunlight and the soil would sustain them. They don’t need as much water as you believe. Oregano, sage, thyme, these herbs may have come from the Mediterranean. They are accustomed to the hot temperatures there.

Be patient. The seedling is doing the best it can. As a baby plant, like any other newborn, it takes time to grow. It will take a long time to grow to a large size anyway. even years. A true gardener is patient.

I hope this helps you to grow many lovely herbs and flowers!! I wish you luck with it. You can grow anything you want. Once you master how to start from seed, you might not buy seedlings from garden centers again. You will save money starting from your saved seeds too.

I am happy to say that I started a cherry tree from seed outside in my garden!!! I overwintered the seed in the soil. It emerged this spring. I set a circle of stones around the seedling. I also added clean chicken bones to the soil. The bones take 20 to 25 years to decompose or break down. They will become ground bone meal eventually and add nutrients to the seedling. 

I am trying a raised bed area in my garden this year too. I cleared away a patch of dead rotting wood behind the fence of the yard where I live. I used the logs for the raised bed. I plan to fill it with soil then add my indoor seedling transplants I have lovingly tended this spring. I have to clear away weeds and put down newspaper first then I can add soil. I can’t wait. It is my first time trying a raised bed. I am very excited!!!

Blessed  be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Samhain feasts

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Merry meet all,

Yesterday I was invited to a Thanksgiving dinner at the last minute. I soon found myself in a lovely home run wild by cats and dogs. The dinner was a beautiful and well cooked Turkey pot pie. I highly recommend that dish. I should ask for the recipe. It can’t be hard to cook because it is a dish to enjoy.  Here is a picture:

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After that wonderful dinner, we each read tea leaves for each other. It has been so long since I read tea leaves. I was happy to have the chance and we all had fun. Before I knew it, it was time to leave.

Samhain is almost here. I just bought a lovely cookbook titled Celtic Folklore Cooking, just in time for the season. I plan to try the many wonderful recipes. I am enjoying learning much about my Celtic ancestors. My maternal grandmother was from Edinburgh, Scotland where reading tea leaves and tarot were common practice. My father was Viking. My grandfather from my mom’s side of the family was from Ireland and is French Acadian. It runs strong in my blood. It makes sense too that I would enjoy this cookbook. 

SAMHAIN CORRESPONDENCES

  • Date: October 31st
  • Other Names: Halloween, Hallowmas, Samana, Smahuinn, All Saints Day, Ancestor Night, Feast of the Dead
  • Celtic Deities: Cerridwen, Gwyn ap Nudd, crone goddeses
  • Customs: Bonfires, pumpkin carving, Dumb Supper ( meal eaten in silence to which the dead are invited)
  • Symbols: Jack O Lanterns, corn husk dolls,  poisonous herbs, skulls, black cats, bale fires
  • Incenses: Apple, mint, nutmeg, heliotrope, sugar
  • Sacred Foods: Acorns, apples, red meats, red wine, root and vine veggies such as squash, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, turnips, etc)
  • Time: Midnight

* From Celtic Folklore Cooking, page 11

We’ll talk more here about Samhain. Enjoy the season

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

 

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Spring Sprouts

Merry Meet All,

Today I can see sprouts pushing up in the soil in my seed trays. It’s fun to watch them grow. The sun is shining hard and birds chirp outside. The bright blue sky beckons me outdoors. I will answer this call, this morning is too beautiful to be stuck indoors.

I know you all had a fun Beltaine. I will be posting more here about growing our beloved organic flowers, veggies, and herbs so stay posted.

On May 10, a solar eclipse will ignite the sky. On May 13, the Celtic Tree month of Hawthorn begins. May 25 is the Full Flower Moon, a good time to ask the lunar goddesses to bless the seedlings you are growing. That is a lot to look forward to.

I wish you all a Merry Beltaine!
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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