retrieving seeds

A little something for my witchlings who have trouble acquiring their herbs.

Pictured here from the left are spread-out bunches of Thyme, Rosemary, Dill, and Cilantro, with a couple of Catnip clippings.

With the exception of the Catnip, which came from my window garden, ALL of these herbs came from my local supermarket. And what did I pay for all of this? Less than $10. They also had Green Sage, but I have plenty of that at the moment.

If you’re hard-up for herbs for your witchery, check your local grocery store. SO much can be accomplished with just the things in the produce section, and big bunches of fresh herbs can be cheaper than the dried stuff in the spice aisle.

Some common fresh herbs you may find include:

  • Green Sage
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass
  • Ginger Root
  • Oregano
  • Chives

(Availability and selection will vary by store and location. Higher-end markets may carry additional items not listed here.)

And that’s not even counting the common witchy produce that I recommend in most of my spells, such as Apples, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Strawberries, Cherries, Potatoes, Carrots, Walnuts, and Onions. (These I usually recommend using fresh, rather than drying, or eating the fruit and retrieving the seeds / rinds / shells.)

Drying the herbs, which the exception of Lemongrass and Ginger Root, is easy enough. Untie the bunches and spread them out loosely on a cardboard tray. In the photo above, I have used a produce tray from berry-picking, the tray from a six-pack of mason jars, and a repurposed shoebox lid.

Leave the drying trays somewhere reasonably temperate and out of direct sunlight. If the trays have reasonably sturdy sides, you can even stack them to save space, as long as air circulates between the layers.

Good-sized supermarket bundles can yield up to an ounce of dried herb material, depending on the herb and the size of the bundle.

Different herbs and materials may be available at different times of the year, as well. wind-voice recently discovered bags of various kinds of wood chips for summer smoking and barbecuing at her local store, and was kind enough to bring me a portion, so it’s possible to get things like Apple, Oak, or Hickory wood as well, if you’re lucky.

So what’s the point of all this? The point, my lovelies, is that with the herbs and produce I listed, you can do just about ANY sort of witchery you might care to try. It is entirely possible to acquire materials for spellwork without spending a whole lot of money and without having to track down a metaphysical store. With a little ingenuity and a decent produce section, you can work wonders.

Happy Witching! :)

With a Kiss (Hogwarts Boys x Reader)

         "Come on Draco. It’s been three days. How long are you going to give me the silent treatment?“ (Y/N) pleaded as she sat next to him.

           Three days ago (Y/N) got them in trouble during class with Professor Sprout.

           "All right students finish putting the soil into the planter boxes and then we’ll add the seeds,” she said as she looked around for the seeds. “Well can’t seem to find my seed packets,” she said as she patted her pockets.

           Professor Sprout exited the greenhouse to retrieve the seeds. Some students continued working while others began talking to one another. (Y/N) looked across the table and saw her friend Ron making faces at her. She smiled at him and stuck her tongue out at him. She noticed Harry looking at her. She winked at him and he grinned. Ron flicked some soil at Harry and laughed. Harry grabbed a clump of soil trying to hit him with it but Ron grabbed his arm stopping him. (Y/N) laughed and flung a handful of soil at Ron’s chest. Both of them looked at her shocked. With a mischievous smile Ron gathered soil into his hand.

           "Don’t you dare,“ she said pointing at him.

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