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How to Create Your Own Magical Herb Garden.

Posted by on November 5, 2011

Herb garden spiral

One never findes a square in nature, things are always rounded

I think it is an amazing and magical thing to put a seed in the ground and watch it grow to a mature plant.  I hate grass and think it is boring because all you ever get to do is mow it.  You don’t see the life cycle of it.  It invites chemicals and unnatural colorings and reactions in people. I keep campaigning to  get rid of it in our lawn and just to landscaped beds.

 

If you have boring old lawn and want to to some herbs the easiest way to prep the bed is go to your grocery store, or friendly liquor store and get some empty boxes from the manager or dumpster.  Get a bunch and pile them several inches deep.  Throw any dirt or grass clippings or leaves on top of them for about another 3 or 4 inches then water the whole thing down well and wait 3 or more  months until spring.  You can also throw your vegetable peelings and kitchen junk in there a couple layers down to tempt the worms to come till things up for you.

 

Remember not all beds have to be rectangular, a circle is the most efficient use of space and is a dream to work and weed while standing inside of it.  I like the circular reference to all things magical too.  If you don’t want to bend over to weed or harvest you can get very architectural and make a hill.

 

If you are lazy like me, you could put a 5 gallon bucket upside down and run a sprinkler or pvc connection through it.  (drip irrigation is ridiculously easy to work with and would do well in this application as well.)  Then pile dirt on top of it and ta da perfect herb spiral plot.  You will even make micro climates with the hill and can work with the plants in the four directions because North, South, East and West will each experience the sun from a different angle and will provide a slightly different environment for your herbs.  Intention is everything and this is a good place to plan things out and observe how things work.

 

Anytime you take your kitchen scraps out there give thanks to the ground and tell it how you are going to bring some nice herbs out to meet it in spring and it should rest up so it can be ready for the intro.  If you have any affinity with the fairy realm you can speak nicely to them and invite a nice earth elemental to take up residence if it finds the plot worthy.

 

In the mean time if you are very industrious you can start some herb seeds inside in about January (For the Northern Hemisphere, or June if you live down South.)  Get your seeds as local as possible because those are from plants that probably thrive in your area.  I think this is even more important than sourcing from an organic seed company.

 

There are many different varieties of herbs, I love lavender but live in the humid southern United States.  Not all lavenders like the south.  I had a lot of disappointment with french lavender here but spanish lavender thrives.  Herbs are basically weeds that are proud to be here and are barely domestic, but it is important to find varieties you will be successful with in your climate.  It is your care for the plants and the land that will make them magical, not the pedigree of the seeds.

 

When you start your seeds remember that soil temp is the motivating factor for bloom so I start mine in a nursery tray on a heating pad. It keeps them at a constant temperature.  It has more to do with success than sunny window or placement in the house.

 

I am a Reiki Master so I give my plants lots of Reiki love while they are growing but you can just talk to them and tell them how big and strong they are looking and how proud you are of them and how wonderful it will be when you can plant them out side and they can feel the sun and the moon on their leaves and absorb their nutrients from the rain.  Assure them that you love them and will be there for them and will bring the sprinkler over it the rain takes too long.  Tell them that they have a sacred duty to assist you in your magic and you appreciate this assignment they have taken by growing for you.  Tell them what magical properties you would like to see them develop and thank them for partnering with you in your magickal walk.

 

Several months after you have started your herbs and the ground you mulched earlier in the year.  (Mulching beats plowing any day and it makes the soil so rich and ready to receive you new loved ones.  The bed should be nice and crumbly.)

 

If you were late to the party and didn’t mulch you can make a nice potting mix with a bag of potting soil a bag of sand and a bag of finely ground pinbark mulch or as it is sold a home depot, soil conditioner.

 

They say it is good to plant in the dark of the moon but I usually just follow my intuition.  Make sure your herbs are in a nice sunny spot and don’t dry out too much at first.  Beyond that the sky is the limit.  They will be around to enjoy for may years.  Remember to keep talking to them and enjoy them as they add spice to you food and your life as well as your magical practices.  A Magical Herb Garden is as good as a library to a good pagan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified on November 29, 2011

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