“Heal the Soil and heal Yourself. Heal the Earth and heal the Body which comes from the Earth and which was born, which was created from the Earth with the natural interdependence of the life which springs from it….The attitude of mankind that has developed over these last few periods, or centuries, to a tendency within the individuals to think of the soil as dirt or dirty, what a symptom of man’s losing of his relationship of appreciation with the Earth!….. Begin to become in harmony with life, the soul, and the Earth. 

You have yet to sufficiently appreciate the ability of the Earth to protect those in harmony with her, and if each could learn that lesson, those wherever they are about the face of the Earth, those even in zones which are so subject to violence of the Earth Changes, those who build a sufficient symbiotic relationship with the Earth on which they live, that they heal Her are protected by Her, even in Her times of disruption that are the results of the scarring of the introduction of diseases to Her skin, and Her surface and Her systems, yet Her own immune system protects itself and those who participate in the building of it and even in the most dramatic times of change, which are fast approaching.

Then make your life and your harmony with the Earth, such that you become sufficient on your land, that you build a harmony with that and an ability to live on that which you produce. Become less dependent upon economic systems that reach out beyond your relationship with the land, but let yourself form a harmony with it that gives you an independence from the artificial systems out there, and so be prepared in your relationship to survive those times when others have suffered from their dependence upon taking all things, food and shelter and clothing and economic exchange from beyond that place upon which they live.

 Those who live in harmony find themselves not so subject to the difficulties of those changes which cut off the people who have no relationship with their soil and no participation in provision for the survival of their own lives because of a direct relationship with the harmony of the Earth. That is the most protection that anyone can have. 

Those who form healing relationships with their environment are protected by it, and are lifted up, as others are cut off and subjected to the upcoming Earth changes. This is the best that you can do, the highest, the most healing and most protective of self and family”

The Source

Become a Biodynamic Gardener, and grow your own. Learn about “the buddy system” and “companion plantings” as well as composting and crop rotation. Certain plants benefit by growing near other plants: tall crops can provide a canopy for shorter crops; leeks will repel carrot flies; include flowering herbs and perennials to attract beneficial insects. 

Illustration:  Genevieve Simms 



While the spiritual (‘woo’) side of biodynamic agriculture holds no appeal for me, I certainly use the more rational components of this theory in my gardening.

Above is a simple biodynamic fertiliser, made of nettle, dandelion, ground elder, and thistles in rainwater. I pull up ‘weeds’ from a section in the garden, let them steep in rainwater for three days in the sun, and then dilute the resulting mix with ten parts clean rainwater.

The result is a mixture with a rich diversity of nutrients, bacteria, and fungi. It’s great for watering trees and shrubs.

I like this method because it changes the way ‘weeds’ are perceived in my day-to-day work. I can treat them more like biomass for harvest, rather than a nuisance.

After being soaked, I can lay the remaining plant tissues out to dry, and use them as a mulch. All the things that are grown in this soil are returned to it, which prevents soil depletion.

This practice stinks to high heaven, but certainly makes some beautiful growth happen.

Magical Herbs (part 4)

Biodynamic Gardening

Biodynamic gardening is very involved, but does prove better results. You can get as into it or not as the mood takes you. Many types of astrology affect the way in which you garden, but the Moon is the most powerful.

*The Science (ish): in the same way the moon pulls and pushes on the seas to form tides, it pulls and pushes on the groundwater to affect the hydration of the soil. Waxing = Water near the surface. Waning = pushing the water down*

Moon Gardening - Planting

New moon - First Quarter

  • Plant Leafy plants - herbs of which you are going to use the leaves

First Quarter - Full moon

  • Plant Fruit Crops - anything with an internal seed (especially if you are using the seed)

Full moon - Last Quarter

  • Root crops. Any plant that you will be using the root of

Last Quarter - New Moon

  • No planting OR
  • Planting that you want to be stunted (eg Mint, Dandelion, Lemonbalm)
  • Other garden chores

Moon Gardening - Harvesting

New moon - First Quarter

  • Good for harvesting Leaves and other parts that are above the ground.

Full moon - Last Quarter

  • Good for harvesting roots and parts of the plant that are below the ground.

Zodiac and Astrology

Using the position of the moon within the zodiac can also give you an added boost to the properties of the herb. For example, when the moon is in a water sign, harvest leaves and other aerial parts. When in an air sign, harvest flowers.


  • Use online calendars to help you figure out the best days for all kinds of activities (a single google search got me quite a few options, and many seem to be good at giving you a day-by-day guide to which plants you should be harvesting, and what you should be sowing/planting. I especially liked this one, and this one)
  • Remember, all of this is growing for maximum impact. If you don’t use these techniques in your garden, then your herbs are still potent, but may not be as powerful when used in your rituals. It’s the additional effort and intent associated with this style of gardening, along with the alignment of other powers, which adds to the potency. This style of gardening isn’t possible for everyone (ie: “I should harvest this at 3pm next Tuesday, but I definitely have work/school/meeting/shopping that I nee to be doing at that time.”) so don’t get too hung up if it’s not possible.
  • All of these calendars and systems will get you more in tune with the natural rhythms of the earth, and especially the seasons. This connection is quite Druidic, but many paths can benefit from the practice
  • Crossover Food, Medicine and Magic. Adding herbs to your food and cooking with intent can give your food magical and/or healing properties. Give your whole family a garlic-heavy meal if you’re all suffering with a cold, or have a specially prepared casserole frozen and ready for when you need a little pick-me-up after a hard day (though it will always be better fresh).

A good way to learn

Start with 6 herbs that you use regularly or are magically important for the spells + rituals that you do most often. Plant them and begin to grow them as magically as you are able, and get to know the calendar as it pertains to these plants. You’re not trying to remember everything in one year, you’re just getting to know the cycles by using these plants as a reference. Maybe next year, you’ll be confident enough in your basic understanding to add some more herbs to your garden.

The goal is to get to a point with the herbs that you have where all your magical, botanical and herbal knowledge is in sync. There are many lifetimes worth of knowledge and understanding, and you can devote as much or as little time as you wish to understanding the whole system.


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Veggie Bed #4

Cross section of a new no-dig, raised “lasagna” bed // summer growth.

I am mixing three different kinds of raised bed technique here to raise/even the grade, and create a workable soil surface without digging: lasagna gardening, straw bale gardening, and hugelkultur.

#Lasagna gardening is using newspaper or cardboard, layered with compost, in order to build up the height of a raised bed.

#Straw bale gardening is planting crops in fermenting straw bales, which provides heat, moisture retention, and nutrition to crops.

#Hugelkultur (“hill culture” in German) is building up the grade of the soil using logs, sticks, and other forms of wood, and covering with compost, which sequesters carbon, and provides a nutritious, well-drained, elevated, aerated substrate for plants.


  • Red Kuri Squash, planted in a straw bale (Thanks to desixlb for the seeds)
  • Scarlet Runner Beans, using an old crib as a trellis (Thanks to kihaku-gato for the seeds)
  • Hild’s Ideal Brussels Sprouts
  • Spring Onions

More (tagged as #biodiverseed veggie beds):  Veggie Bed #1Veggie Bed #2 - Veggie Bed #3Veggie Bed #5

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Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

Conventional agriculture doesn’t seek to maximize yield per acre; it seeks to maximize yield per unit of labor. If we had 10% of the population engaged in agriculture rather than the current 1%, we could easily feed the country without petrochemicals or pesticides.

It turns out, though, that my statistics are way too conservative. The latest permaculture methods can deliver much more than just double or triple the yield of conventional farming. I recently came across this article by David Blume chronicling his nine-year permaculture enterprise in California. Running a CSA for 300-450 people on two acres of land, he achieved yields eight times what the Department of Agriculture says is possible per square foot. He didn’t do it by “mining the soil” either – soil fertility increased dramatically over his time there.

When people project an imminent food crisis based on population growth or Peak Oil, they take for granted the agricultural methods we practice today. Thus, while the transitional period may involve temporary food shortages and real hardship, permaculture methods can easily feed the peak world population of perhaps 10 or 11 billion we’ll see by mid-century.

It is true that the old, control-based methods of agriculture are nearing the peak of their productive potential. Further investments in this kind of technology are bringing diminishing marginal returns – witness the proliferation of Roundup-resistant weeds and the “necessity” of new kinds of herbicides to deal with them. This parallels the situation with so many other kinds of control-based technology, whether in medicine, in education, politics…



Veggie Bed #5

Using a combination of mulching techniques, I turned this former triangle of grass around a radio tower into a productive polyculture growing space, comprised of:

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  • And a living fence/espalier of 15 quince trees, bordering the interior sunken plane around the radio tower. Vines of all sorts use the tower as a trellis.

I am growing many things in it this year, but it is slowly transitioning into a dedicated space for perennial vegetables.

Currently, this area contains:

  • Jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes (the flower stalks are almost 3 metres high!) - perennial
  • Asparagus - perennial
  • Artichokes - perennial
  • Egyptian Walking Onions - perennial
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Chinese celery
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkins
  • Swiss Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Calendula
  • Marigolds
  • Naturtiums
  • Morning Glory

More (tagged as #biodiverseed veggie beds):  Veggie Bed #1Veggie Bed #2 - Veggie Bed #3Veggie Bed #4