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The Domestic Garden Witch: Po-Ta-Toes

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Samwise Gamgee’s Dream Come True!

Originally posted by straightcray

Okay, so if you follow my blog, chances are that you’re wondering if this whole potato theme for today is because of St. Patrick’s. I promise, I’m not enforcing Irish stereotypes on purpose. I just really like potatoes, and when it comes to gardening, it’s a bit of a disservice to overlook this vegetable. After all, when we think about kitchen gardens or home gardens, we think of herbs or flowers, and not about the veggies we eat that live a rather subterranean existence. But potatoes - those lovely little brown lumps that we can get for a couple dollars per five pound bag in the supermarket - are not only inexpensive. They’re extremely hardy little plants that can be grown rather easily.

You don’t need much to get started with this project. First, you need “seed potatoes.” This is not hard to find. Simply take a few potatoes and allow them to grow a bit. They will sprout a few short little stalks from the eyes on the surface. Save these, and get potting mix and two medium to large plastic pots that can easily stack one inside the other.

Carefully cut a few panes out of the inner pot as in the picture above, then place the inner pot into the outer one. Fill the pot part way with soil, add your seed potatoes, and cover them with potting mix. Water as needed until the potato plants peek up out of the soil. Cover them again and repeat this process gradually until the pot is full.

In roughly three months, you’ll have potato plants that are ready to begin harvesting. Simply lift the inner pot up and pluck your potatoes as needed from the sides! Fresh potatoes, free!

Ideally, this method of potato cultivation can help feed a family of four for about a year. My family had used this method, and our family of five was able to stay fed for a year off of two of these planters (we like potatoes… and we eat them a lot…)

Originally posted by relatable-anime-moments

How Can I Witch This?

Potatoes are very useful in witchcraft, and you can find out some of their magickal uses in my Foodie Friday article about Seafood Gnocchi. As for growing them, many of those properties remain the same!

As with any gardening venture, add crystals to the soil to promote healthy and fruitful plants, draw sigils and symbols on the pottery or planters, and incorporate protection or fertility ingredients into the soil - such as eggshell or coffee grounds.

Outside of the useful culinary benefits of having a potato planter on your front porch, a garden such as this is useful for outdoor space cleansing in small spaces, and for inviting prosperity into your home or property since potatoes represent such comforts as full bellies and pockets.

Since a small number of potatoes can be used to produce a much larger quantity in this planting method, you could even turn them into a prosperity or slow growth money spell! Pour your intent into the seed potatoes when you plant them, and as they produce new crops, give them water and food as an offering in order to keep the spell fed! Some of the potatoes produced in this way can also be converted into offerings or used in spellwork, in addition to being used to cook with!

The possibilities are practically endless where potatoes are concerned! See what you can do with these nifty little spuds!

And may your harvests always be bountiful!

Blessed Be! )O(

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Cleansing Spray

This is a super simple cleansing spray for those whose situations prevent them from burning herbs. I use this when I have to cleanse something too large that calls for an amount of smoke that’d set the smoke detectors off (it’s happened; its not fun). Here’s what you need:

  • Rosemary.
  • Sage (I use basic sage, not white sage, but you can use whatever).
  • A bay leaf.
  • Salt.
  • Good ‘ol H2O.

NOTE: the bay leaf is totally optional. I include it because I use bay leaves to help grant wishes. It adds a boost to the cleansing properties, and gives an oomph to the spellwork.

Directions

Put the water in a pot on the stove and toss in the salt, rosemary, sage, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce it to medium and let it simmer for a few minutes, so the oils seep out of the herbs. The wonderful scented steam will cleanse your kitchen in the process!

Once you’re satisfied (or until the water is a yellow-green color - yes, it will look like pee), take the pot off, pour the water into a safe container, and let it cool. Once it’s cool enough, bottle it up and you’re good to go! I always put some sprigs in my bottle just for the sake of it, too!

Witchtip #2

If you can’t burn candles, or need to be discreet about spells, replace the color candle you need with the right color popsicle. They come in a vast amount of colors and flavors, and can be allowed to melt down just like a candle.

Here are some examples:

  • Red: Cherry or Watermelon
  • Purple: Grape
  • Green: Lime
  • Orange: Orange
  • Yellow: Banana or Lemon (You can also use lemonade to make your own)
  • Blue; Blueberry

Another idea is to use your favorite drinks, with the right color or correspondences for the kind of ingredients, to make your own combinations. Literally any drink you can safely mix or freeze, could be used this way. And if your hiding it, just say you heard about a new drink mix or combination, and wanted to try it. It’s all about your intent. You can just use regular ice cube trays to freeze the mixes in. Best part is, you can safely dispose of most of them down the drain once melted. Or drink them, still~!

Uses for Oats

Botanical Name: Avena Sativa

Folk Name(s): Groats, Oatmeal, Joulaf

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Uses: Prosperity and Money Spells

  • Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is mild enough for most skin types. Can relieve symptoms of skin aging
  • Contains Saponins (a cleansing agent) that can be used as a mild soap. Actually it is a common ingredient in skin care products and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
  • It is moisturizing, can be used to exfoliate, and can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes
  • Make a poultice out of oatmeal by soaking rolled oats in boiling water until soft. Apply this directly to skin to soothe irritated skin (ex: sunburn, chicken pox, eczema). Alternatively, you can place a muslin bag of rolled oats in a hot bath

Oat Flour

-Grind rolled oats in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle

Face Wash

-Mix 1 Tbs of oat flour with 2 Tbs of hot water. Use to gently exfoliate and moisturize the face, and neck. If you cannot make oat flour, just use regular rolled oats

Body Scrub

-1 part oat flour/rolled oats with 1 part carrier oil. 

Oat Milk

-Soak oats in water, strain the oats out. Use as a mild toner by gently rinsing face with oat milk

Overall, it is a good healing herb and is great for bath magic as well as beauty spells. I love using oatmeal once a week as a face and body scrub and to help draw money towards me. 

The Domestic Garden Witch: Not So Jarring Kitchen Herbs

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Apple Sauce, Jars, and Kitchen Herbs

Let’s face it. I work in an Italian kitchen, and much of the cooking I do at home is also influenced by Italian cuisine. As a result, I find myself constantly in need of herbs such as parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. While all of these plants are fairly easy to grow in various gardens, sometimes you need something inexpensive, easy, and within arm’s reach when cooking.

For this project, all you need is a few mason jars (if you don’t have any lying around, mason jars are very inexpensive and sold at most grocery stores in the canning aisle), some apple sauce snack cups (preferably consumed and cleaned), some wooden wicks (easily purchased online from companies such as the Candlewic Company), water, soil, seeds, and a box cutter or Xacto knife.

Make an incision in the center of the bottom of the apple cup long enough to fit the end of the wick. Insert the wick and fill the cup with soil and seeds. Remove the lid from the mason jar, discard the topper disc, and fill part way with water before resting the edge of the cup on the rim of the jar. Screw on the fastening ring, and voila! You have a very simple, very cheap herb garden to place in the windowsill. Since the wick passively draws water, the only time you’ll need to add water is when the jar runs out or when the water level isn’t high enough to be in contact with the wick.

Pro-tip: Be sure to trim the plants regularly - this is a garden meant to be harvested from regularly so that it doesn’t get too large. If needed, the roots can also be pruned and trimmed to help keep the plant small. If your plants begin to bud, pinch the buds off to encourage large, flavorful leaves.

How Can I Witch This?

When it comes to incorporating witchcraft into a simple garden like this, the possibilities are aplenty! Consider enchanting the water or using moon water in the jar, or if you’re into using crystals, place amethyst or clear quartz into the jars to help empower the water. Decorate the jars with sigils, runes, and symbols for growth, health, and prosperity!

The soil itself can be worked with, incorporating eggshell, ashes, or other magical substances that can help encourage the plants to grow healthy and large. You can also label the jars for their respective herbs and incorporate decorations on the label that correspond with the herbs you’re growing!

Consider different ways where you can incorporate magic into growing your herbs with this type of garden, and how it can help you with your kitchen witchery!

May your harvests always be bountiful!

Blessed Be! )O(

Domestic Garden Witch: The Faerie Garden Brought Inside

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

When You Need the Faerie Inside

Last week, we looked at taking herbs bought from the supermarket and growing them on your windowsill. Next week, we’ll be looking at turning eggshells into cute little indoor herb gardens. But something often overlooked when gardens are brought up in regards to witchcraft is the humble yet adorable faerie garden.

In some traditions, gardens featuring colorful yet small flowers and mosses are cultivated in order to create an ideal environment in order to attract the wee folk so that the witch can work with them. But here we are, witches in high-rise apartments with no backyards or in dorm rooms surrounded by many other people and with no space. And witches who are drawn toward faerie tradition or garden tradition aren’t guaranteed to be in an area where garden space is available.

So what do you do of you’re one of these less fortunate witches? You bring your faerie garden indoors, of course!

Terrarium gardens, bottle gardens, enclosed gardens… whatever you choose to call them, they are ideal low-maintenance gardens that you can decorate and arrange to look similar to nearly any environment you desire. To further their appeal for the busy college student or the cramped apartment resident, they are small and only require watering once in their whole construction.

The Container…

When creating your bottled faerie garden, one of the most important factors to consider is the container. You want a jar or a bottle that is able to maintain an airtight seal. You are essentially going to be creating a bubbled ecosystem, and therefore want to avoid losing any moisture from inside the container. Next up, consider the size in relation to the types of plants and decorations you want on the inside. If you have the space for a glass dome as big as an apothecary bell jar, then great! But perhaps you’re like me and are stuck with only enough space for maybe a large mason jar. If you have a smaller container, you’ll need to adjust for smaller amounts of soil and plant life, as well as smaller decorations that can fit into it.

Building it on Up

Depending upon the environment you want to recreate (who’s to say that faeries can’t be in deserts, huh?), it’s good to start from the bottom up. Make a layer of gravel in the bottom of the jar - larger stones and pebbles that can serve as a reservoir for water that pools below the soil layer. Then over that, place a layer of sand and/or soil.

Next come the plants. Remember to select plants that generally grow small and can handle the environment. While the plants are still small, transfer to your new container. If you’re creating the garden in a narrow-necked bottle, you can use wire from a coat hanger to create a loop/hook with which you can insert and transplant the seedling. Take care not to overcrowd your bottle, as these plants will grow and will have to compete for light and nutrients just as they would outdoors.

Between the plants, begin adding your decorations. I recommend using fairly sterile decorations that will work well in the environment - sand and pebbles for a desert, moss and driftwood for forests, et cetera. That’s pretty! But we’re witches looking to attract attention from the faerie folk. Take it a step further. Select plants that are ideal for attracting the spirits you wish to bring into your home. Use your decorations to create living spaces. Little houses and huts can be found in many craft stores for dioramas and miniature projects!

Enchant crystals and stones that you add to the garden for whatever you wish to manifest with the garden. I have seen beautiful bottle gardens with points of amethyst and quartz sticking up from the ground within! Little glass or plastic mushrooms can be added for further visual appeal, especially in forest-style gardens. For deserts, look for succulents, enchant various stones, and add them. I’d even add an arrowhead or bones to add to the visual appeal while also manifesting protection or whatever qualities that the bones’ former body would bring to mind.

When everything is arranged as you desire, add water. Remember, this is the only time you will be adding water for this garden. Do not flood the container, but do be sure that the reservoir of water is mostly full before sealing the environment.

Place your garden in an area near your window where it can get some indirect sunlight (this is important… you don’t want to cook your plants) throughout the day. Condensation on the inside is normal and even encouraged, as that is how the plants will receive the water all over again. As the plants grow and shed old foliage, the foliage will degrade and fertilize the soil, further feeding the plants.

How Can I Witch This?

As mentioned above, the selection of a container, plants, and decorations are all aspects to making this a witchy garden. Select stones and crystals and plants that resonate with you. But we can take it a little further by decorating the jar with sigils and runes for growth and prosperity.

Place faerie offerings on or near the jar, so that they can enjoy the garden you’ve created for them as they partake. This kind of garden also makes an ideal living altar or living altarpiece! It can easily represent earth on an altar, and with the energy put into it, it becomes a great addition to your workings.

This can also be used as an alternative to the traditional witch bottle or jar spells. Burn petitions and mix them into the soil to give it the energy of your intents while also fertilizing the soil with the nutrient-rich ashes. Use decorations that will contribute to the spell. This is a great idea for sweetening, cleansing, and calming spells that you wish to keep discreet!

May your harvests always be fruitful!
Blessed Be! )O(

Soda Magic

Now, I’m not a kitchen witch. Really if I had to describe my practice I’d settle on something like ‘lazycraft.’ I rarely go out of my way to do spells or rituals or anything that requires a lot of effort. Instead, I try to make things I already do every day magical on their own! 

What do I do every day? Eat possibly lethal amounts of junk food. I could go on for weeks if I wanted to talk about candy or little debbie snacks or gas station hot dogs, but today I want to talk about sodas. 

Potions, at least by popular definition, are any drinks made with two or more ingredients, and created with a magical intent. 

If you ask your barista at starbucks to make your order with the intense hatred they feel towards all old people that ask to speak to their manager, your frappe is now a hate potion. I don’t know why you’d want that, but, hey man it’s your order.

Milkshakes, coffee, lemonades, sweet tea, soda- if you add the magical intent, these are all potions. And you don’t have to make them, just buy a cup and walk up to the fountain! Order one, stir in the magic, and drink to cast!

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How To Adult on a Budget: Kitchen Edition

I wish someone would have told me these things when I was younger to save me a lot of time, money, and frustrating mistakes so here you go kids:

- when you’re putting together your first kitchen on a tight budget, certain quality items are way more important. good basics will get you through most day-to-day cooking and last basically forever, whereas nice matching plates are cute but no less functional than mismatched stuff from goodwill. (also, overstock stores are a GREAT way to get good basics cheap because who gives a shit about damaged packaging or out of season colors when it comes to stuff like this? rich people maybe idk)

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TF29 Headcanons Pt. 2

Part 1 is here.

-On April Fool’s Day Mac discovers that the good liquor he keeps in his office has been glued to the shelf.

-After only one week of working in TF29 Adam is informed that if he wants milk in his cereal he has to bring his own. The kitchen budget can’t accommodate both the amount of cereal he eats and all of the coffee everyone drinks.

-MacReady is inexplicably upset he isn’t allowed in the box fort.

-Aria, sick of watching Adam subsist entirely on cereal and alcohol, invites him over for a home cooked meal. This becomes a reoccurring event once a week. They watch local dramas with the subtitles off and try to figure out what’s going on.

-After the James Bond marathon Adam makes MacReady a watch with little gadgets in it for his birthday. Mac would never admit how much he loves it.

-The watch actually comes in handy on a mission. To the surprise of everybody.

-Video games are the easiest way for Miller to interact with his kids while he’s in Prague. God help anyone who gives him more work to do that eats into his game time.

-If Adam is logged into the office, but isn’t at his desk people know to yell into a vent for him. 

-Aria becomes the one agent MacReady trusts to do her job and do it well.

-One day Adam arrives at the office and is informed his dad called. Miller is understandably pissed that he gave away their super secret office phone number to his parents. This greatly confuses Adam because he hadn’t done such a thing. And then he realizes they’re talking about Sarif.

-Everyone is genuinely shocked to find out Sarif isn’t actually Adam’s father.

anonymous asked:

You've inspired me to actually learn how to cook—and at a younger age too—instead of in a few years going into college having no idea what the hell I'm doing, so far I've only gotten the hang of a few things but nonetheless thank you for indirectly helping me to not have to live off of take out.

Do return with questions if you need anything. I can provide simple recipes, ideas for maintaining a small and budget friendly kitchen.