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I’ve expanded my vegetable garden area by 7 feet so this year I can grow even more!  Below is a list of everything I will be planting. Some of the herbs and veggies will be mixed together because they can be good companion plants like basil and tomatoes.

Veggies

Sweet corn, Roma and Razzleberry and Beefsteak Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cucumber, Pole Beans, Peas, Summer Squash, Carrots, Buttercrunch and Iceberg Lettuce, Green and Red Cabbage, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Okra and a variety of sweet and hot peppers

Herbs

Rosemary, English Thyme, Catnip, Lavender, Chamomile, Italian Basil, Dark Opal Basil, Peppermint, Catmint Felix, Oregano, Chives, Garlic Chives, Lemon Basil, Dill, Sage, Spearmint, Parsley, Red Rubin Basil

Flowers

Cleome, Cosmos, Statice Bright Rose, Butterfly Bush, Heather,Coleus Mix, Foxglove Foxy, Linaria Flaming Passion, Aster Lilliput Blue Moon, Zinnia Candy Stripe

Fruits

Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries and Muscadines.

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Make a diluted mixture using these essential oils to make a natural insect repellent. (recipe below)

  • Mosquitoes – Catnip, citronella, clove, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, tea tree, eucalyptus
  • Fleas – Lavender, lemongrass, rosemary
  • Spiders – Patchouli, peppermint
  • Ants – Cinnamon, tea tree
  • Ticks – Rosemary, lemongrass, lavender
  • Lice – Tea Tree, peppermint, cedarwood
  • Moths – Cedarwood
  • Chiggers – Lemongrass, lavender
  • Gnats – Patchouli

A good recipe is (this is like making a tincture)

  • 3/4 C vodka
  • 2 tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp of essential oil (you can blend oils together)

Store in a spray bottle

Since this is a natural insect repellent it won’t last as long as a store bought one. Reapply the mixture every 45 minutes while outside. Don’t forget to wear sunblock either if you’re out in the sun 🙂

Do Not rely on any single book or source when figuring out information about an herb. Spend a little time going through multiple sources.

Learn if the herb is poisonous or edible.

Buy it – if its legal in your area.

Use in a cooking recipe – if edible. If you’re not sure Do Not consume it until you have found out.

Draw it in a sketchbook.

Learn its scientific and common name.

Write detailed descriptions of the herbs aroma, texture, color, etc.

Make an herbal tea – if applicable.

Using multiple resources, determine its magickal properties such as love, luck, protection, etc.

Learn which herbs have similar magickal properties.

Grow the herb – if possible.

Read stories and mythology that mention the herb.

Burn as an incense – if applicable.

Learn the herbs that be can used to substitute it if your herb is ever out of stock or not available.

Learn to recite 5 to 10 useful facts about the herb.

Make an herbal sachet – if applicable.

1. Fencing and Walls

It was common for medieval gardens to be enclosed. The enclosure could range from anything such as a dirt mound, fencing, a wall built of brick or stone or any type of structure that would be at least two and a half feet tall. The taller the better.

2. Trellises

A trellis can be made out of anything. A simple one can be made by making a tall frame out of boards (a rectangle) and then nailing chicken wire to it or you could use lattice to make it look prettier. Leave at least two feet at the bottom without any trellis so you can stick it in the ground or nail it to something for support. The size is up to you. Medieval gardens loved vines that had pretty blooms or a fragrant scent. You can place the trellis along your enclosure, near entry ways or gates, in your garden bed or in a corner.

3. The Garden Bed

Raised beds were used because they provided the best irrigation and also for appearance. An easy way to make a raised garden bed is to buy 3 – 10 by 2 by 8 foot boards and cut one in half. Again the size depends on you. Keep in mind that you don’t want to make your garden more than four feet wide because it might be difficult to weed or get to your plants. Once you have your boards pre-drill three holes at each end where the screws will connect to another board. Use decking screws and not nails for this. You’re basically putting together a frame and it requires little skill (but you’ll be so happy when you see what you’ve built). Once you have your raised garden bed positioned where you want it, lay down a few layers of newspaper to keep weeds from growing. Fill it in with dirt and then add your plants. If you want more than one raised garden then position them in a design or pattern.

4. Walk Ways and Water Features

Walk ways can be made out of concrete, gravel or stones. You can purchase individual types of walkway steps at stores like home depot. The patterns can range from brick to stone and might be cheaper than making an concrete walkway. Its up to you though. Place the walkway around your gardens, seats or fountains. Be creative with it. A water feature can be placed anywhere but a perfect place would be to put it in the exact center of your garden if its not too large or by a seating area. You can use a fountain, a small pond or a water garden as your water feature.

5. Trees

If you have room then consider planting a fruit tree as these were common in higher and lower class medieval gardens.

6. What to plant in your Garden

Medieval gardens did not labels plants as herbs or vegetables. They were labeled according to their uses such as food, dyes, medicinal, religious, pleasure, etc. When planted in the garden they were also grouped together according to their purpose.

A Food garden would include plants such as cucumber, carrots, leeks, lettuce, marshmallow root, nettle, onion, radish, sorrel and lovage.

Here is a short list of other trees, plants and herbs to include in your medieval garden:

  • Sage
  • Vervain
  • Rose
  • Violets
  • Marigold
  • Iris
  • Primrose
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Pomegranate
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Tansy
  • Feverfew
  • Agrimony

Book of rituals, prayers and spells – This is also called a Book of Shadows. Keep records of all your magickal workings, recipes, written spells or prayers.

Book of Dreams – Sometimes called a Book of Mirrors, this book is where you should write down your dreams plus your meditation and divination experiences.

Pagan Organizer – You can use any kind of organizer to record full moon dates, sabbats, lunar phases and any other events you want to include. This is a great way to always know what you need to prepare for on a weekly and monthly bases.

Address Book – If you are a solitary Pagan then over the years you will probably talk and share ideas with other witches or Pagans. Write down their contact information in any address book so that you can call upon them if you should need help in magickal workings, healing or any prayer request. Covens might not allow member information to be recorded so make sure you know its permissible before you do this. Keep this book in a safe, protected place.

Covens in your area – Pagan groups, despite what path, love to work together. You can call upon different covens close to your location and ask about prayer request for healing or other important matters. Most of the time they will be willing to spend a few extra minutes at their next gathering to send some energy your way.

Label your herbs – Herbs do expire, some faster than others. Always record the date you started using any herb on the bottle or baggie. Do some simple research and find out how long each herb will keep (google it). Record the expiration date on the label as well. In your book of shadows you could make a page just for the expiration dates for your herbs. This will help you know when you need to get more of any herb before you run out.