Claire has worked with crystals and many other aspects of paganism for over 14 years. She has also studied reiki up to master level.
1. Use Containers to Control Fast Growing Plants
Be aware that some plants such as mints or lemon balm can spread quickly and take over a space. This can have a negative effect on other plants in an area by blocking out light and depriving them of nutrients and growing space. One solution to contain the growth of fast spreading plants is to grow them in pots and other containers. This makes it easier to contain the plants roots and also trim it as required. If the plant drop seeds onto other areas of your garden, the tiny sprouts can be removed when weeding. As the plant grows you may need to move it into a larger pot to provide the nutrients it needs. One way to tell when this needs to be done is by checking for roots poking out if the pots drainage holes. In many cases plants can also be split in half and planted as two separate smaller plants. If you do not want to keep both one can be given to a friend or family member of offered on local groups for other gardeners to grow on.
2. Grounding through Gardening
Grounding, sometimes known as earthing, is a therapeutic practice that enables us to reconnect to the earth and rebalance ourselves. Grounding can be carried out in a variety of ways and many people are familiar with walking barefoot as a form of grounding. Gardening can help to keep you grounded especially if you work with your hands directly in the soil rather than using tools, when safe and possible. It also aids in forming a stronger connection to the natural world and encourages us to slow down and take in things we may normally overlook such as tiny creatures and the subtle changes due to differing weather and seasonal changes.
3. Research your Local Climate and Growing Conditions
When choosing what to plant in your garden you will need to look at the area you live and the conditions that exist there. This includes thinking about the weather and soil type that is present in your general area as well as conditions in your garden specifically. These include factors such as how much sunlight your garden gets, do you have large areas of shade and the condition of the soil. It can also be worth noting if there seems to be a large population of certain wildlife such as ladybirds, slugs or aphids as these can help or hinder your growing attempts. Some creatures are only an issue for certain plants, for example caterpillars tend to only eat specific plants or groups of plants based on their species. By choosing plants that are suited to your area and garden conditions you are more likely to grow a successful garden. Different plants have differing requirements and even different varieties of a plant may have different care needs. For example, when varieties are bred to be hardier or with resistance to a certain pest or disease.
4. Choose Appropriate Products for your Needs
Many gardeners choose to avoid chemical based products and opt for natural fertilisers and pest control when necessary. This is not vital to a successful garden but when buying these products it is important to check that they are suitable for your intended use. For example, if plants will be eaten or used in creating teas and remedies it is important to select products that are safe for food crops. It is possible to create many useful and safe gardening products at home such as soap spray for deterring pests or fertilizer made from nettles or banana skins.
6. Grow Plants that Suit your Needs
Do not feel that you have to grow a plant just because it is associated with witchcraft or is thought of as a ‘witchy’ plant. There is no point growing things that you will rarely or never use and this is especially true if you are gardening in a small space. There is no such thing as one universal best witch’s garden or plant. The best witch’s garden is one that suits the needs of the witch growing meaning that he plants can be harvested and utilised in whichever way she needs.
5. Be Aware of Plant Toxicity
When choosing what to grow it is important to be aware of the potential toxicity of those plants. Just because they are natural does not mean that they are safe and it may be the case that only some parts of a plant are safe or only safe in small amounts. Many plants traditionally used in witchcraft are harmful if eaten, for example and there are others that can cause respiratory issues or skin reactions when touched. Extra care should be taken if children or animals are able to access your garden space.
7. Take Note of Planting and Harvesting Times
When planning your garden or buying new plants and seeds take some times to research the correct times for planting and harvesting. This information is generally provided on seed packets and includes information on when to sow, plant out (if relevant) and also on when the plants can be harvested. This information may not be provided when buying established plants so you may need to ask shop staff or do some research online or in books. Taking note of this information can have a great impact on your success and help you to get the best from your garden while keeping your plants happy and in good health.
8. Organise your Garden
Organise your garden well for ease of use later. For example, plant all culinary herbs together in one section and have another for plants you will use only in spell work. Plants can also grouped based on intention and correspondences but this can get complicated as most have multiple uses. One way to approach this would be to group based on your personal use and the correspondences you follow. Another approach to organisation could be to plant based on growing season. This can make it easier to plant more than one thing a year in any given space but may also lead to empty spaces in your garden, depending on what can be grown where you live.
9. Find Natural Solutions to Problems
If you are interested in natural gardening methods you may want to look into introducing beneficial bugs to your garden. Insects and other creatures can benefit your garden in many ways such as pest control and improving soil condition. Ladybirds and spiders are great for your garden as they help to keep down the population of unwanted or harmful insects. Bees are excellent for plant pollination and can be attracted to your garden by growing plants that they particularly enjoy such as rosemary, thyme and poppies. Bats and some birds are also good for controlling the insect population and butterflies help with pollination. One disadvantage of encouraging butterflies into your garden is that their caterpillars can cause a great amount of damage to plants. If you have the space you can also build or buy bug hotels and homes for bees, ladybirds, birds and bats that can be placed around your garden and encourage local creatures to move in. Attracting beneficial animals into your garden can help cut down on the tasks you need to perform while provide a safe space and shelter for a range of wildlife.
10. Create a Compost Heap
Another great natural tip for your garden is to start a compost heap. This can simply be a pile that you add too or can be a bought or made from wood or plastic. One popular option is to use four old pallets to create a frame that compostable matter can then be placed inside. Once created you can start building your heap by placing items that may normally be wasted inside. Some garden waste such as fallen leaves and old plants can be added along with vegetable and fruit peelings, teabags, corn husks and cobs from your kitchen. This is called green waste and it is important that it is balanced with a good amount of brown waste in order to create a well-functioning heap. Brown waste includes shredded newspaper, torn up plain brown cardboard, cardboard egg cartons and untreated brown paper bags. If the balance of brown to green waste is out it can result in problems with the compost heap such as becoming smelly and wet or attracting large amounts of flies. In most cases problems can be corrected by adding the materials that are needed and thoroughly mixing the heap. Earthworms can be added to compost to help in breaking it down and you may also find that your heap attracts other creatures such as woodlice. These are also beneficial to producing compost as they help in breaking down plant material. Using a wormery or worm bin is another method of composting and can be a better fit for smaller gardens.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Claire