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My herbs and vegetable seeds

Merry Meet All,

I am excited! I’m excited because this is my first year in experimenting with container gardening. I have a variety of organic vegetable seeds and seed starting soil, organic Neptune’s harvest fertilizer, and a big deep planter for my veggies outdoors. So read on to see how I did this and how you can too!!

First, you need seeds. I went to Halifax Seed and bought a few organic vegetable seeds packets. I chose a lettuce mix, green onions, carrots and peas. I started tomatoes from seed from other tomatoes already. I bought two seed trays with slots. I gathered my soil, a candle, a spoon, the seeds, the trays and slots, watering can and fertilizer.

I lit the candle and prayed to the God and Goddess to bless this experiment of mine and the seeds. Working in four rows, I planted one row of shallots, one row of lettuce mix, one row of peas and one row of carrots. You can see the seed trays here:

I was hard at work, as you can tell. In the second tray, I planted peas. The expiry date is for 6/2013. The third tray (I used an egg carton) is the lettuce mix. I can’t wait to plant these outdoors. I set them on a large flat piece of wood and set the three trays on top of my pet guinea pig’s cage. The seeds will receive plenty of sunlight and a breeze from the open window. I watered and fertilized the seeds. Now I have to wait for them to germinate.

I bought organic herbs for cooking and magickal workings. I have a lovely thyme plant growing in a gorgeous golden brass cauldron. The tiny leaves cascade over the edge of the cauldron. The dill will be set outdoors, the tarragon is for cooking, and the parsley is for Magic, and the peppermint is to improve the indoor air quality. I am having success with the carrot tops. They are indeed sprouting. I placed a carrot in a bowl of water and I can see sprouts coming up.

It is exciting to watch plants grow. Vegetables are annuals. I have tons of seeds in the packets, enough to grow veggies year-round. Why not? I have enough light, space and soil.

I sterilized the seed trays and planter before I used them. I will put the seedlings in the planter to grow outdoors. The bleach kills any potential eggs from hatching. I also learned a few more tips I would love to share. I planted a sliced green onion, the roots facing down in the soil, and it will grow from that. I am using organic Neptune’s Harvest fish emulsion fertilizer. It is worth investing in this smelly fertilizer because you will reap more fruits, herbs or veggies. It packs growing power to your plants. I can see a major difference in my sage. The sage plant has never looked happier. You will notice an increased bounty if you use that stuff.

Healthy plants are more resistant to disease and pests. I chose organic vegetable seeds that have resistance to disease and pests. I may not have disease ruining my plants, but I am sure the insect population will try to enjoy their share of my veggies before fall comes. I plan to set down some chickenwire to keep out larger pests, some cloches to protect the plants, and mulch to add moisture.

A lot of work! The work is worth it. I bought a kneeling pad, a new trowel, and I need gardening gloves. Otherwise, I am all set. Happy planting! I hope you are all ready for Beltaine!!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Beltaine- Solitary Ritual

Merry Meet All,

Beltaine is about the stirring of the green earth. The earth awakens and green sprouts push out from the soil. This ritual is fun to do. Just be sure to check the frost date in your area and be certain that the frost date is passed for this ritual, which is best performed outdoors.

You will need the following: seed packets, or seedlings, water, soil, gardening tools, tea, incense.

To begin, enjoy a cup of herbal tea and light some corresponding incense. Stick the end of the incense into the soil. Rain incense or patchouli or lavender incense would be appropriate. Prepare the soil for planting. Mulch, water and fertilize your soil. Loosen the soil to allow room for the roots.

Say a prayer to the God and Goddess. Also, invite the faeries to bless your garden. Now you can plant the seeds or seedlings. Get in touch with the soil again. Smell and feel the texture of the soil. As you place each seed in the ground, offer a blessing, such as:

May this soil be blessed in the womb of the earth,
Grow fruitful and full to bring forth the harvest
anew.
Cernunnos, bless this seed. Blessed Be.

Cover the seeds or seedlings with soil. Add compost tea, compost, or mulch to fertilize and add nutrients. Put earthworms back in the soil and remember that without insects, beneficial insects, there would be no plants. Do not add hazardous pesticides to your garden. That kills off the beneficial and predatory insects that feed on the pests. It also affects your crop by leeching into the plants you want to grow. Opting for an organic method benefits all. Healthy plants are naturally resistant to disease and pests.

Water the plants and thank the deities/ God and Goddess one final time. Say aloud:

Hail Cernunnos! God of fertility!
We honor you by planting these seeds
I ask your blessing for fertile soil and plants
Hail, Cerunnnon, master of the earth!

Once you are done, remain a moment and meditate on what you have accomplished. Know that now the fruit, herbs and vegetables, whether planted in the soil or container grown, are now about to bloom. Tidy up the weeds and old plants. Leave a crystal or milk and honey as a libation to the garden and the God and Goddess.

My article on thyme is to be published in Essential Herbal magazine this summer. I had an article on Wildcrafting Herbs with intent published in the May/June issue of Essential Herbal magazine this spring. You can click on the link here:

http://www.essentialherbal.com/index.php

Thyme is a beautiful and multipurpose herb that no gardener should be without. I am also having my article on Odin and Gandalf printed in the upcoming next issue of Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine. Here is the link: http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/

Enjoy Beltaine!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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