Yesterday I completed a full scale Garden Blessing as well as a blessing of the tools and seeds I will be using in the soil. This year I shall expand my herbs and ornamentals, as well as putting in a fruit and vegetable garden. I went mad yesterday buying herb seeds from http://www.alchemy-works.com/
Then I went through all the seeds/plants I have or expect to receive this month and planned to plant them according to my witchypoo calendar.
The First Quarter ~ best for planting annual, leafy plants, and plants that produce seeds outside the plant itself. I shall be planting:
Dragonshead, elfwort, lemon balm, mugwort, woad, basil, quinoa, beetberry, arugula, black cumin, german chamomile, licorice, lemon bergamot, and angel trumpet
Second Quarter ~ best for planting annuals and plants whose seeds are inside the fruit, as well as climbing plants. I shall be planting:
Passion vine, moon vine, morning glory, maypop, chocolate vine, climbing nightshade, mimosa pudica, honeysuckle, climbing roses, and clematis
Third Quarter ~ best for planting perennials, bulbs, root plants, trees, and shrubs. I will be planting:
Wild bergamot, feverfew, grey sage, rue, columbine, witch’s broom, vervain, valerian, shasta daisies, two different echinaceas, Roman chamomile, dotted mint, wormwood, and ashwaganda.
Fourth Quarter ~ is best for clearing the garden of weeds and pests and not recommended for planting. I have already done the clearing and weeding, as we just came out of the Fourth Quarter.
This year I am going to try something a little bit different, something a friend tried many years ago and had great success with. I shall plant a small garden for all of the “pests.” I shall tell them that those are their plants and that I will tend and care for them as my own, yet they shall belong to the wee beasties. However, if they venture into my space, I shall go “dalek” on them. Exterminate!
I will post about my veggie garden later……