Grow With Us – You’re invited!

After months of dreaming , Faye & I are both majorly reworking our gardens this year.

We invite you to join us in this experience of gardening as spiritual work, a practice of magic, a pleasure and an escape!

Please use hashtag #greenwitchgrowalong2022 on Instagram so we can indulge in your work.

You’ll also be able to follow-along as we share our big projects and some exciting news.

Marigold

This pretty annual reminds me of being a little girl, when my job was to make sure the planters on the deck were watered thoroughly every day… I didn’t enjoy it very much then. 

Marigold are mentioned specifically enough my traditions customs for me to be curious about them and their use during the summer, beyond that vibrant colour that is so appropriate for summer sabbats and sun-fire-centric celebrations. They were one of the annuals I experimented with in growing as seedlings indoors, under compact fluorescents. 

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Mandrake Babies

Indoor gardening has helped me retain my peace of mind in 2020. There have been so many changes… I moved into my boyfriend’s yardless condo and remembered the challenges of cohabitation. I conceived, and was surprised at just how exhausting the first trimester is, I really wasn’t my usual outgoing self. Minding my little window garden was all I had energy for, but was also the perfectly fulfilling and encouraging thing that I needed. (I am just not ready to write about this pandemic just yet.) 

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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley was the first incense scent I ever had, a gift from my brother. It’s scent is now so recognizable to me, and brings back that first feeling of being mesmerized by incense smoke.

This past spring was the first time I’d a seen a living one – it’s amazing what you see when you’re paying attention! The short stalks, sharp and broad pointed leaves, the hanging bell-shaped flowers which seem robust but also have movement and flexibility. There is also their scent, often overpowering in an incense or a perfume, but a delightful surprise as a flower.

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On Growing a Saturnian Garden

As I write this, I am 5 months into growing my first Mandrake plants. If you had asked me last summer if I’d ever grow mandrake, I’d have probably given you some serious side eye. Why would I ever want to grow mandrake (okay, there is a legitimate answer for that and I’d have known it even then, I just wasn’t particularly curious about it that point in my life—after all, I had a 4 year old in my home and it isn’t the safest of plants to introduce into a home with a child). But in Dec of 2018, out of nowhere, I suddenly got it in my head to go buy Mandragora seeds.

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