Once you have the basics of green thumbry down. You might want to add some magic to your gardening:
+ Get a farmers almanac and plant according to the moon phases and astrological signs.
- Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather, says one proverb, harking back to the belief that the waning Moon (full and last quarter, which rise in the evening) is dry.
- The New Moon and first quarter, or waxing phases, are considered fertile and wet.
- The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting.
- From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
- The time just before the full Moon is considered particularly wet, and is best for planting during drought conditions.
+ Sing traditional songs while gathering or planting the herbs:
The Consecration of the Seed (Carmina Gadelica)
I WILL go out to sow the seed,
In name of Him who gave it growth;
I will place my front in the wind,
And throw a gracious handful on high.
Should a grain fall on a bare rock,
It shall have no soil in which to grow;
As much as falls into the earth,
The dew will make it to be full.
Friday, day auspicious,
The dew will come down to welcome
Every seed that lay in sleep
Since the coming of cold without mercy;
Every seed will take root in the earth,
As the King of the elements desired,
The braird will come forth with the dew,
It will inhale life from the soft wind.
I will come round with my step,
I will go rightways with the sun,
In name of Ariel and the angels nine,
In name of Gabriel and the Apostles kind.
Father, Son, and Spirit Holy,
Be giving growth and kindly substance
To every thing that is in my ground,
Till the day of gladness shall come.
The Feast day of Michael, day beneficent,
I will put my sickle round about
The root of my corn as was wont;
I will lift the first cut quickly;
I will put it three turns round
My head, saying my rune the while,
My back to the airt of the north;
My face to the fair sun of power.
I shall throw the handful far from me,
I shall close my two eyes twice,
Should it fall in one bunch
My stacks will be productive and lasting;
No Carlin will come with bad times
To ask a palm bannock from us,
What time rough storms come with frowns
Nor stint nor hardship shall be on us.
The Fairy Wort (Carmina Gadelica)
PLUCK will I the fairy wort,
With expectation from the fairy bower,
To overcome every oppression,
As long as it be fairy wort.
Fairy wort, fairy wort,
I envy the one who has thee,
There is nothing the sun encircles,
But is to her a sure victory.
Pluck will I mine honoured plant
Plucked by the great Mary, helpful Mother of the people,
To cast off’ me every tale of scandal and flippancy,
Ill-life, ill-love, ill-luck,
Hatred, falsity, fraud and vexation,
Till I go in the cold grave beneath the sod.
+ Sex magic for fertility
Make love in the garden on the full moon or during a spring or summer quarter or cross quarter holiday
Create fertilizer from healthy sexual or menstrual fluids mixed with water. (only good for plants that need fertilized and not on seeds or baby plants)
Use symbolic sex magic like plunging a wand gently into a cauldron of soil or fertilizer to manifest virile and fertile planting.
Along the same vein, dances like the Maypole dance, Hobby Horse and Morris dancing are also good for manifesting fecundity.
+Create a fairy garden at the bottom of the garden:
Plant wildflowers, mushrooms and herbs that attract fairies, bees, and put gazing balls and fairy lanterns out there for the fairies. Let that part of the garden grow wild and weedy. Leave offerings for the fairies there too 🙂 The well known wisewoman of Clare, Biddy Early spent much of her childhood at the bottom of the garden talking to the fairies. Maybe if you do likewise you will grow up to be as great a witch as her.