A Witch’s Garden – Herbology Part One
I have a confession to make, saplings. I’m not very good at growing things. I’m fairly good with animals, and have had reasonable success with even finicky fish. But, I’ve killed everything from ‘un-killable’ succulents to plants that have been described as weeds. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve adopted out all of my house plants to better plant parents, and consider it a victory if I can get one ‘un-killable’ plant to survive in the yard every year. If I went to Hogwarts, I would probably fail Herbology.
But, this year, I’m going to try to go for broke. I’m thinking about keeping some tomoto plants, and trying out a few herbs. I’ve bought Rue, Beebalm, and Mugwort seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (https://www.rareseeds.com/). This isn’t much for herbology pros. I’m starting with level one. Fortunately, or unfortunately, my neighborhood has no squirrels. But, we have rabbits for days. I do have a plan to protect my little garden plot.
I’m going to build a marigold wall, and I’m going to make the bunnies pay for it. Just kidding.
I haven’t changed my plot in years, mostly since I have low confidence with gardening. The perimeter consists of two layers of concrete border. The very bottom layer is cedar chips. I had filled it to the top with black earth one year. But, the next, it had compacted and was less than half the original height! Last year, I went through with more soil and piled it all high. It should remain there through the winter. Fingers crossed.
I have tried to garden for a few years at this house. But, I’ve let the soil sit more years than I’ve tried to do anything with it. Do you have any tips for witches that aren’t good at gardening? Let’s try to get our gardens going together! We can dig ourselves to a passing Herbology grade! Leave a comment on this post if you’ve got plans for plants of your own this year.
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