Hügelkultur, meaning “hill culture” in German, is a method of raised bed gardening that uses decaying wood as a basis for building up a berm. Berms are useful in directing the flow of water, and protecting more delicate plants from prevailing wind damage.

For this simple hugelkultur garden, Ihave piled sticks and wood, covered them in compost, planted my shrubs, and mulched the resulting berm first with a layer of newspapers, and second with a layer of wood chips. 

As the wood breaks down, it will create a rich soil with plenty of air pockets, allowing for excellent drainage and root penetration for the plants planted in the mound.

Hugelkultur raised beds are a form of “no-dig” garden (like the straw bale gardens) making them a good choice for those with impaired mobility or strength. They also sequester carbon, and provide a handy use for all of the trimmings from pruning and hedge maintenance.

My yard has poor drainage, so building up the soil is the only sustainable way to utilise the space without creating a pond. Hugelkultur beds provide exceptional drainage for plants that don’t like “wet feet” (ie. waterlogged root systems).

Diagram: Permaculture UK - The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur

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*✧・゚:*🌸 SPRING 🌸:*・°☆.。 Witchy things to do!

oh my god SPRING 🌸 🌸 is here it is one of my FAVORITE seasons! Here is a list of magical witchy things to do!

1- Make floral water!
Violets! Rose! Sakura and Plum Blossoms! Lavender! Elderflower! Lilac! Dandelions! Pansies! So many wonderful and edible flowers! You can make fragrant water with them that could be used for spells, cooking, drinking (dandelion can be sometimes spicy or bitter but pairs well with ginger!) and syrups! 

2- Make floral Extracts!
For all the flowers mentioned above and other edible kinds you can also buy some vodka and make extracts from them too! It makes it easier to preserve the flavor to cook with or use in perfume fragrances! But another great way to preserve the fragrances are:

3- Make fragrance oils!
I read that sweet almond oil can be the nicest for infusing flowers to make fragrance oil. There’s a great site here that you can buy different carrier oils and really nice tinted bottles at a great price! Fragrance oils are great for body products like bath spells, gels, soaps, salts, glamour magic, body butters, lotions, candles the possibilities go on and on. Here is a nice post about the benefit of different carrier oils for the skin. I would research which flowers you wish to put in an oil and see if they are friendly for the skin but things like rose, jasmine and lavender are great. 

4- Dry flower petals!
Here’s a nice tutorial and tips on how to dry flowers. Dried flower petals are great to add to bath spells (sorry I love bath witchcraft so that’s why I keep going back to that), bath salts, but either whole or crushed into powder its amazing for baking (if you ever have a real French macaron that is floral flavored they use powdered petals to mix with the almond flour to get the real flavor), in powdered form could be used in incense, in petal form could be used in teas and if you like to smoke, you can roll it in a blunt or a bowl! If you like hookah you can mix it with tobacco or smokable teas and it tastes great. The first time I ever had hookah I was just smoking jasmine with no tobacco and it was interesting. Also a kitchen witch thing, you can add dried or powdered petals to sugar and make floral sugar or add it in honey and make floral honey! Delicious addition to teas, baking or spells! 

- Also with all these flower magic things going on, it will give you an excuse to take beautiful nature walks! Which is always great for a witch to do!

I do this around Beltane as a tradition but your house plants are going to die if you don’t give them fresh nutritious soil at least every two years (cause I stretch it and they still survive lol.) But its good since Spring is a time where gardening stores get all excited on you to also remember to take care of your plants inside! 

6- Plant things
Or maybe plan your garden! Even if you don’t have a garden maybe get some herbs or pretty wildflower seeds and sprinkle them in the woods or any naturey place you like to seclude yourself in for rituals. Just don’t throw it on neighbor’s yards or be a nuisance lol. ALSO! Watch out for which plants are invasive weeds like Mint is a menace (though it’s a tasty menace but it spreads like fire). I guess maybe suggesting spreading random seeds in nature might not be a good idea since there are a few plants that can cause trouble. I mostly was referring to cute wild flowers or chives maybe. If you want to do that just be careful I guess. 

I’ll probably add on more to this later but this is the few things I could think of. I hope everyone enjoys spring! I’m already readying my arsenal of jars to collect blossoms in lol. 

Man, witches are just so good

☆ Kitchen witches who have herbs drying all over and always have flour on their clothes from baking pies with sigils in the crust.

☆ Garden witches who have permanently dirt-stains on their knees from taking care of their succulents and watering them with all the moon water they can provide.

☆ Crystal witches who are constantly buying more shelves to store all their new babies and having their windowsill overflowing every full moon to get all of its energy.

☆ Sigil witches who always have a paper and pen on them and sketch out positive sigils and leave them around for passerby’s to be affected by them.

☆ Divination witches who wake up an extra hour or so before starting the day to see what their cards, runes, or pendulums have in store.

☆ Tech witches who have a notebook on them at all times to write down new additions to their online altar code or grimoire and are always sending emoji spells to their friends.

☆ Elemental witches who have candles all over the floor, random bowls of water precariously perched in odd places, incense always in stock, and piles of salt around doors and windows.

☆ Familiar witches who cater to their animals every day and often spend more on the animals than they do on themselves.

Just. All witches are so good. If you’re a witch, you’re lovely and valid and amazing. ❤