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Whether you only have a window sill with a pot plant on, a small city terrace, a playing field or several acres, you can always work with the magic of your garden. I think the kitchen extends into the garden anyway, so a Kitchen Witch will often be found pottering around in amongst the plants.
Being in regular contact with your garden and what you grow, even with your house plants or a few pots of herbs, can help you to connect with the spirit of nature and recognise the subtleties of the changing of the seasons and your garden can also provide you with food and magical ingredients.
Magical gardening does take time, focus and attention. You can’t just plant something and leave it in the hope that several months later it will have grown, flourished and be covered in fruit or flowers (OK on the odd occasion it does happen but not often!).
My gardening memories date back to my childhood. My dad is and always was a keen gardener, organic before it was fashionable to be so. He has always had an allotment and a greenhouse which provide a bounty of wonderful fruit and vegetables. Apparently even as a toddler I would disappear down the garden with him and come back covered in mud.
In my early teens I experienced food production on a large scale as I lived on a farm for a few years. Then in my late teens I had the opportunity of working for a specialist glasshouse company. Both of those life events added to my love of the garden, food and nature’s bounty.
Once I owned by own house, the garden became key. It is my sanctuary, a peaceful place to escape to and a space in which to create magic.
For the past twenty or so years we have lived in the same house; it is on the edge of a large city and only has a small walled garden, but it is ours and we have packed it full of as many plants, flowers and herbs as we can cram into it. We even have a very small (i.e. teeny tiny) grow house just big enough to over winter a few pots and grow some seeds.
Even on my busy days I try to step out into the garden, if only just for a few minutes to relax and connect with Mother Earth.
Your garden, whatever size it is, opens up a whole new world of magic for you to delve in to. Warning: Gardening is addictive and will improve your health, spirit and mental wellbeing.
Not only is a garden your direct line to a natural source of energy, it can also provide you with a whole shopping trolley full of free magical and often edible ingredients. Whether it is in the form of fruit and vegetables or flowers, petals and seeds.
Let’s open the magical box
You may imagine you need to have a beautiful picture box garden laid out in front of a thatched cottage to have a witch’s garden but really that isn’t the case. You can style the garden in any way that suits your taste, size of garden and your budget.
Many hours and much money can be spent in garden centres and whilst they are brilliant sources for plant and design inspiration you can spend more money than you need to. Oh…and a lot of them have a café…with cake.Plant nurseries often tend to be cheaper than garden centres but ask around. Lots of family and friends will probably be willing to share cuttings and seeds with you. And once your garden has a few plants in you can propagate more from those you already have.
Gardening does take time and effort. You will need to dig, plant, weed, dead