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instead of jars to bury your spells in, my i suggest the idea of peat pots planters?

not only are they biodegradable, they are useful for many different things. you can grow herbs and starter plants or use them to bury a home protection without the fear of broken glass rising to the surface, or your jar staying in the ground for a 100 years. they also come in many different sizes as well. from large to very tiny

and you can even make your own from left over toilet paper rolls for a byproduct option that lessens garbage going into landfills.

there are plenty of cheaper, earth friendlier options available to us, as witches, at our disposal. it is up to us as a whole to start making better earth friendly choices, to modernize the practice. we are not from the middle ages and tradition has nothing to do with glass jars - we have the knowledge in modern days to realize how harmful the practice of burying jars actually is, we have resources to change that as well.

Spoonie Witch Tips: Cleansing

Cleansing is important. Whether it be after a spell or ritual or just maintenance, a good cleansing can keep icky vibes out of your space while also lifting and promoting good vibes. (I’ve also noticed that cleansing works especially well for keeping the spookies that are attracted by my depression away. More on that later.)

I don’t know about everyone else, but sometimes I just don’t have the spoons to get out of bed, let alone cleanse my house on the regular. Over the course of my practice, I’ve compiled a few low maintenance ways to cleanse my space and I wanted to share them with my fellow spoonie witches.

Low Energy Cleansing Methods

1) Open the windows. Let the air come in and sweep away all of the stagnant and gross energy that’s lurking in your space. A bonus to this is that fresh air will get into all of the cracks and crevices, so it’s really thorough.

2) If you have an oil burner or diffuser, pop in some rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender oil (if you have a burner, you can find these oils for under $5 at Walmart. If you have a diffuser, check Amazon for the most efficient option for you). These oils have seriously cleansing and protection properties, especially when paired together. If you’re using a diffuser, you can also use some charged water (sun, moon, etc) to help boost the energy.

3) Don’t want to make a cleansing spray or whatever? I feel you, friend. Take yourself to Walmart or your local dollar store and buy some air freshener. If possible, try to choose a scent you associate with cleansing. I like Air Glade Lavender and Chamomile. I pretty much just spray it while telling it to cleanse the space. It also smells nice, so bonus. This is a good one for the closet witches out there!

4) Himalayan salt lamps. Seriously, just turning them on and asking the element of Earth to cleanse the space works for me.

5) A salt water spray for those who are not open about their work. You can also add a little bit of vinegar or lemon to boost the cleaning properties of the spray. I like to add lemon juice, some rosemary, and holy water to mine.

6) Literally, just small bowls of salt around your space. In my own practice, I’ve found this also helps ward and fight off the spookies that are attracted to my depression and anxiety. It doubles as a cleanser and ward, so I make use of this often.

7) Music is a powerful tool. There are whole YouTube channels dedicated to this purpose, so finding a tune you like may take a little time, but at least you’ll have options. I like to use the wind chime sounds.

8) Light a candle. Sometimes I choose a scent associated with cleansing (lilac is good for cleansing and exorcisms, lavender is cleansing and protection, and any scent named after sunshine makes me think of cleansing and healing), other times I just light a white candle and visualize its light consuming all of the darkness in the room, clearing out all of the crap.

9) Get some plants. I don’t know what it is about having plant babies, but they cleanse and raise a space’s vibes like no one’s business. Look into cactuses, succulents, and other starter plants!

10) My personal favorite? Opening the windows and doors to my space and telling the bad vibes that they don’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here, aka the GTFO method. This is probably best paired with another method, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t use this one frequently.

I hope this helps some people out there! Again, I just wanted to share some things I’ve learned work for me and my situation. You might find that you prefer some methods to others or that you need to tweak them- and that’s okay! Do what works for you, your spoons, and your practice. 💖🌌

Tips for a low-maintenance garden

Good for beginner gardeners or those who don’t have much time!

  • Plant wildflowers/plants native to your area (easy to keep alive and attracts pollinators!)
  • Weeding is easiest when the ground is damp
  • If you boil veggies, use the leftover (cooled) water to water your potted plants
  • Grow herbs and/or fast-growing plants in pots 
  • Grow delicate plants/plants that won’t do well in your climate indoors
  • Research! Some plants are much easier to take care of than others 
  • (For the love of everything good in this world, be careful with roses) 
  • Focus on one project/plant/bed/etc at a time 
  • Find a friend/neighbor/roommate/etc to share the garden with and lighten the load
  • Buy starter plants/flowers instead of seeds
  • OR, if you use seeds, start indoors
  • Eggshells make great food for plants! 
  • Plant natural pest repellents (marigolds, garlic and chives, etc)
  • Mulch can be really helpful if you have the time/resources to put it down 
  • Record what you do- it’ll save you headaches in the future when you forget what you did that worked (or didn’t work) 

Feel free to add on if I missed anything! 

The Domestic Garden Witch: Bonsai!

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!

Mini Trees, Patience and Meditation

When it comes to container gardening, we often jump straight to pots with flowers, herbs, maybe even little shrubs. Or even to terrariums and the like. But rarely do we consider incorporating bonsai into our lives. This could be because these miniature trees, as beautiful as they are, seem fairly daunting to cultivate, or possibly because many view them as expensive ornamental plants.

The truth is, however, that the art of bonsai is one which is not only very DIY but also a very helpful exercise in patience and meditation. And it is currently undergoing a bit of a revolution. Traditionally, bonsai has a lot of fairly strict rules regarding the shape and type of pot used, what plants can be used, and the proper ways to shape and trim the plant. However, in more recent movements, various pot shapes and types are being used, as well as varying plants (especially native species) so as to embrace a more personalized view.

You could either acquire traditional materials, or you can create your own container using a ceramic bowl or other type of dish. Select plants that suit your view and personality. And be aware that bonsai is still an art that requires some effort in order to grow a successful plant.

You’ll need a container with a drainage hole, gravel or volcanic rocks for drainage, plants, metal wire, and bonsai soil (either premixed or you can make your own by mixing peat clay, potting soil, and fine volcanic gravel). Place a gravel layer in the bottom of your container, and fill the rest with your potting mix.

Remove the starter plant from its container and gently remove the soil from its roots, and rinse them so that most of the soil is removed. Trim the roots, leaving the larger roots. Starting from the top of the plant and traveling down to the roots, wrap the wire around the stems of the plant. Run the remaining wire down through the mix and gravel and out of the drainage hole. This will anchor the plant and provide a training frame - alter the shape of the wire to shape and train the plant’s growth. Plant it in your container and provide ground cover on the soil either in the form of moss or gravel. Water and mist daily.

Training your plant is part of what makes this a meditative experience. Avoid over-trimming, but remember to prune large leaves and extraneous branches. As the plant gets a bit stronger and naturally grows to the shape you’ve established, you can carefully remove the wire. Keep in mind that it can take decades to get a bonsai to look like the stereotypical gnarled trees that we typically see in the media.

How Can I Witch This?

The possibilities for incorporating bonsai into your practice are nearly endless, both from the standpoint of container material and decoration and from the standpoint of tree choice. But the kind of magick I want to focus on here is “slow burn” spells.

Slow burn magic centers around working a spell that is low-energy, but takes effect over a long period of time and in much more subtle ways. Great examples of this are spells that are geared toward helping keep a house cleansed and protected over extended periods of time, nurturing a spell for health or self-confidence, et cetera.

So in addition to adding decorations or crystals, and choosing plants which correspond to your intent, shape your tree with intent, love, and compassion. These trees invite care and nurturing, while adding an appealing and cleansing atmosphere to any room. When grooming and shaping the tree, hold your intent in your mind, and also request help for realizing that intent from the plant as you care for it.

In addition, bonsai can be a great way of inviting faeries or other nature spirits into the home, much like a faerie garden. This is a form of aesthetic spellwork that can help encourage long lasting and positive effects in your home!

May all your harvests be bountiful! )O(

The witch's garden

Starting a witch garden can be intimidating. Many friends tell me, I have a black thumb, I can’t even keep basil alive. Mistake one, basil doesn’t stay alive! There are some saints who can keep a basil plant going forever, but for most people its an annual that grows for a month or two, flowers, seeds, and dies to come up again next year if the conditions are right.

Begin, by managing your expectations. First, is it a plant that is known to be easy to grow from seed like mint, or difficult like lavender? Is it a variety that needs shade or sun, moist soil or dry soil, a heavy feeder (needs fertilized often) or likes waste spaces (don’t fertilize it).

Does it come up right away like, or take weeks? Does it need frost to come up? or will frost kill it? How many seeds can you expect to come up? Does it need thinned? Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t! Pick one or two easy to grow herbs and just learn what those ones like. Then after you have those two down, add a couple more next year.

If you are going to grow a garden from seed, begin the seeds several months before your area’s last frost. And don’t put the baby plants out too early, no matter how nice it is outside. I always think, oh its been sunny for two weeks, and I am just itchy to put my plants out. But wiser friends tell me to wait til Mother’s day. They are right, for my area, you just have to wait past Beltane to put the plants out. Find out from experienced gardeners in your area when its danger of frost is past.

But you can start your plants inside very early. Anytime after Yule is okay for me to start seeds. But I usually don’t get round to it till March. But the earlier the better and the healthier the plants I put out will be. But even now isn’t too late to start some seeds.

So along with picking out your Yule presents, check out your favorite seed catalog, and plan what you will buy. Go in with friends, because you rarely need all the seeds in a pack just for yourself and to save on shipping.

Get some peat moss or some planting soil and put them in whatever small containers you have around. Yogurt cups, toilet paper rolls, anything. You can poke a small hole in the bottom of the container and set it in a bigger container or on a plate and then keep them moist until the plants are standing well on their own. Don’t pour water over the top of very thin baby plants, pour water into the plate or container under your little pots so they can soak the water up.

If a bunch of little plants come up right next to each other, thin them out by carefully pulling some of them apart. You can replant them if you have more pots, or just put them in compost. Do this very carefully as to not damage the plants you are keeping.

When the stems are nice and strong and the plant looks happy and stable, you can carefully pull the dirt out of the pot, including the plant. And put it in a bigger pot or in the ground.

A few good starter from seed plants for new gardeners:

Mint, oregano, thyme, lemon balm, clary sage, mullien, valerian, and mugwort.

A few good ones to buy starts of:

Lavender and rosemary

Get Gardening!

anonymous asked:

Hey I love your blog and I'm a new witch so i don't have a lot of things to use around my home and my mom doesn't really know or approve of witchcraft so i'm just wondering if you know normal things around homes i can use? Like for herbs and stuff like that? Thank you!!

Hello and thanks so much for visiting my blog! 

You’re in luck; a lot of everyday items can be incorporated into our practice and you’ve come to the right person. I am a very cheap witch and don’t buy a whole lot unless it is absolutely necessary for my work. :)

                  SO, TIPS FOR THE FRUGAL WITCH: 

  • Kitchen knives or letter openers can be used as ceremonial blades!
  • Wine glasses can be used as chalices and ceremonial goblets.
  • Altars don’t need to be huge and elaborate; decorate an old shoe box up and keep your tools of the craft shielded from negativity in there!
  • Any type of candle can work for a candle spell, you don’t need to buy huge expensive ones! Dollar stores will become your best friend.
  • Incense can be expensive, especially buying the herbs to make your own cones; you can get stick ones for cheaper in all various scents and cheap wooden holders to hold ‘em in.
  • Not all wands are the beautifully crafted ones we see on Etsy, you can go out into your own backyard and pick up a stick that just catches your interest. Carve sigils in it or decorate it with what you like and ta-da! 
  • Rocks and gemstones are important (to me, anyways) but, if you don’t have specifics on you, you can pick up any old stone and infuse energy and intention into it. Heck, you can even pull up photos of the rocks on your phone/tablet/computer and leave it up while you do your work. This works for herbs, and invoking god(s) and goddess(es) as well. :)
  • Into working with bones? Don’t worry about scavenging the side of the road or paying a buttload in shipping fees for a tiny package, just wait until the next time someone cooks meat and respect the animal enough to use all of it, the bones included. Clean, sterilize and keep safe.
  • Into green witchery and can’t have a full garden? Go out and get starter pots and plant your own seeds of the herbs and flowers you like for a little windowsill garden. 
  • When it comes to herbs/products that can be useful, they are ALL over the place! Everything from your table salt to a spice you’ve never even heard of before all have correspondences. The trick here is just to look through what you already have in your home and then google something like “Magickal correspondence of <item here>” Everything you need to know will pop up for you! This site may help ya out too. :) 
  • The best thing about being a frugal witch is realizing that money doesn’t make for a better or more respected practitioner. When we can draw from our surroundings and what little there may be to use, that’s when we can see just how powerful, flexible and capable we really are. So, look into DIY projects, have fun and don’t let anyone tell you that you need something to be successful. It’s all in what you feel works best for you.

I hope this could help you out!

**I feel I need to post this very important disclaimer too: If you are under the age of 18, please be careful in your studies and who you seek help from. To be honest, some countries have incredibly strict laws against teaching minors wicca/paganism and other forms of the craft without parental consent. So, PLEASE, if anyone is a minor and reading this who hides the craft from their parent(s)/guardian(s), try to find a way to be open and incorporate it into your life so they see there is no harm. You don’t want yourself, or anyone else to get into trouble just for you seeking knowledge. As stupid as silly as it is, it’s true. Be careful, be smart and be honest, always. I will only ever give advice to those who seek it from me but, I can never encourage more secrets. Lots of love and blessed be. x

anonymous asked:

What kind of pitchers or sundews could I grow at room temperature in a terrarium?

hm…well, if you’re looking for just something easy, the rule of thumb thing to get is a nepenthes ventrata (N. alata and N. ventricosa cross). it’s the easiest hybrid, and you dont even need a terrarium! just treat it like a regular houseplant, but give it distilled or rain water only and put it in a place with bright light. the pitchers aren’t that fancy, but it’s widely available in local hardware stores and greenhouses at a cheap price and is overall valued for its easy care! i have one that was my starter plant. he/she (they havent flowered yet so idk if its a boy or a girl yet- nepenthes are diacous, and each plant is either male or female, although this can change spontaneously but thats a topic for another post) has been though a lot. ive made a lot of newbie mistakes on it, but they’re growing a ton of new baby vines right now! 

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I loved making this one soo much! It’s a combination of my two favourite pokemon. 💛 Hope you guys like it as much as I do!

By the way, for those of you who don’t know I made a nice little suggestion box which you can find here —-> Pokefuseme.tumblr.com/suggestionboxs So if there’s something you’d really like to see just drop it there or shoot me a message.

Thanks!
~Joce

anonymous asked:

I really want a Small Tree now. Help? What's a good starter indoor plant? What do I Need to Know

You want your own bonsai?? Well first of all- bonsai trees go outside. They are trees. They are not indoor plants. If you want an indoor plant with bonsai traits you can probably swing a jade, and chinese elms are really flexible, but ultimately they need to be outside, especially because they go into winter dormancy when it’s cold, and if they don’t get that dormant period, they’ll die. Some trees can survive a few years without it, some die straightaway. If you want an indoor plant like I said jade is nice and can kick it indoors and I think a lot of people have success with succulents?

But if you want an actual bonsai, you’ll have to have a space outdoors.

Misc tips

  • do NOT buy ‘bonsai trees’ or ‘bonsai material’ from garden centers. They will charge you a shitton of money for a tiny sapling that will honestly take decades to become a proper bonsai, it’s total bullshit
  • TRUNK WIDTH is the big thing when it comes to bonsai, even if you’re working with shohin (the teeny teeny bonsai trees). What I’ve done in the past and what a lot of bonsai enthusiasts recommend is going to a tree and bush nursery and picking out a landscaping type tree or bush, which you can get 10x cheaper, and there will be a lot more material to choose from, which means you can get the thickest and most interesting trunk possible
  • so basically: buy some cheapo trees or bushes with interesting trunks from your local garden center, learn to care for them, and then start studying tf up on how to turn them into bonsai
  • probably your first year you will just get your Material (pre-bonsai) and put it in a training pot, which allows it to thicken up its trunk and branches, and start trimming and wiring from there. once you’ve survived a year or two with that tree (or shrub - there’s overlap), and you’ve learned how to shape it, you can go about the business of shaping it and transferring it to a bonsai pot
  • once a tree/bush is in a bonsai pot, because the area and the soil is so limited, growth slows way down. so you want it in the shape you want before you stick it in the Official Pot
  • THE THICKER THE TRUNK & LOWER BRANCHES THE SOONER YOU CAN START SHAPING THEM INTO AN ACTUAL BONSAI

honestly if you’re talking about getting into bonsai, what I would do is go out either right now (spring is the best time to repot plants and to trim them back before they start Growing, also garden centers are disposing of the material that didn’t sell last year, which is where I got my viburnum) or in the fall (lots of discount trees and shrubs!!), collect a bunch of cheap crap, start studying, and see what’s alive next year.

bonsai is a SUPER slow hobby, so. Most of the time you will repot or wire a tree in the spring and leave it alone for a whole growing season. If you get a small tree you want to grow, you can stick it in a growing pots and wait several severals before you even start to shape it. Even if you want to get bonsai trees you should prob also get some other more entertaining plants to fuck with in the meantime lol. Jade! jade is fun. If you kill it you can get more clippings easy peasy lol

The bonsai subreddit is an excellent starting place. If you can also locate a bonsai society/club near you, that’s awesome. I found a Bonsai Guy a five minute walk from my house and I got my little elm from him for twelve bucks and some advice, so I lucked out. It can be tricky. But yeah pretty much never buy advertised bonsai material unless it is from an actual bonsai grower and enthusiast.

tl;dr depending on your climate (do sum research, the subreddit will help) the ficus is a hardy plant to start with (even tho I hate it), fukien tea is also a go-to, jade is arguably a bonsai or nonbonsai but whatever they’re easy to care for, and chinese elms are also a good option, that’s the guy I’m working with right now. Here’s a list of easy beginner trees!

I can hit you up with other fun links but I’ll also be posting a ton about it probably, I finally have a backyard and am going to be indulging in this hobby hardcore now. IM me if you want to talk Smol Trees.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any kitchen-witchy recommendations relating to spring's arrival?

Ohhhhhh my goddddd so manyy
But this ask is a bit vague? I am guessing you are referring to the equinox and not actually when we are in spring. I have so much food related everything to every notch and angle of the years season so I will just go with spring equinox since it was my first assumption. 

So first I will talk about flavors and foods that are in season. For spring I heavily associate green tea and matcha with it because of it’s earthy flavor, green color (as greenery is starting to pop up out of the thawing dead earth) and it’s abilities to awaken, as spring is a time of reawakening and rebirth. Spring is when I consume the most matcha-everything. Teas, cakes, cookies, smoothies, noodle bowls, creams; you can buy it at most asian/specifically Japanese marts (it’s gotten popular you can find it in most east asian markets), or sometimes herb shops sell it, or you can just find it online. A tiny bit goes a long way and it’s very energizing when taken by itself in a tea. Other things I like to encorporate as flavors are almonds, pralines and pistachios since they have seed-like qualities and are sweet and have a light floral taste. They are great additions to desserts for the equinox or to add in smoothie bowls.

For foods that are in season there are so many fantastic things in the farmers market now! Asparagus is the very first thing that comes to mind. We are in asparagus season and where I am located they also have snap peas and butter lettuce (Also speaking of lettuce I love steamed bok choy too its so bright green and like a little lettuce ball). Peas and green beans are also a very spring thing for me too along with spring onions and chives. Split Pea soup is a super spring themed dish. (Most things that are very earthy but with a lighter flavor and green seems to be a theme here haha but it is also all in season.) There are some wintery foods that spill into spring like carrots, leaks and celery. I also love microgreens but they tend to be difficult to get a hold of unless you go someplace fancy like Eataly which I am greatful to be close to in NYC. I love sorrel microgreens cause they look like little clovers and are super pretty to top dishes with.
Early spring is of course the arrival of budding trees and sowing seeds and a lot of the food I eat reflects that. I love to eat sprouts and add it to toast with cream cheese and salmon or any salad. (Any type of sprouts are great too I REALLY love mung beans sprouts for Ostara and early spring too, they are so refreshing and a pretty sunny yellow color.) I also love pepitas that are little green seeds. They are addictive to eat and I love to sprinkle them on top of smoothie bowls. I use them in rituals for growth as well.
Around the equinox and early spring, eggs get included in a lot of dishes. For the equinox I like to make quiche and load it with spring vegitables such as asparagus and beans. Tea eggs are super pretty and are great for an equinox dinner. Colored deviled eggs are fun too.
Also following the theme of green and earthy, though I doubt basil is in season since it’s more summery, I still love pesto. If you are a fan of spreads you can make a green hummus spread, or a pesto spread or a cheesy artichoke spread but I associate artichokes with later spring and Beltane. Cucumbers are also summery too but cucumbers are also light, green and refreshing and a lot of people use them in spring recipes and I adore them so I usually add them in my spring dishes too! 


OK SOO kitchen witchy recommendations that are activity centered!!

When you use eggs starting from now SAVE THE SHELLS!! If you have your own little garden or want to make a window-sill herb garden, it’s easy to use the egg shells as a starter to plant seeds in before putting them into the earth. If you don’t have a garden you can save eggshells for offerings to plant spirits since they love that- a case to put a spell in (as opposed to a spell jar you would bury since the jar would not decompose), or use the egg shell as a tea light holder which is what I am doing. I collect egg shells around this time of year to make pretty candles for Ostara.

Learn to sprout your sprouts! You can buy a pack and write a sigil or charge them with intent then let them sprout over time and add it to your dishes to make food that will be boosted with your magic! It would be great in this pisces season to focus on luck or power coming your way to help you advance in creative endeavors or just something for prosperity.

Use edible seeds like pepitas in growth spells and recipes.

Using whole collard green leaves in wraps or to wrap up spells to bury or offerings. Collard green leaves are beautiful as wraps and look like elven food. My dad once got me a ‘burger’ in one and I was like wtf kind of whole foods healthy shit is this, but it was surprisingly good. They are huge and leafy so its very convenient to use if you need to wrap up something. Same goes for butter lettuce or any lettuce/spring cabbage leaf!! 


I have a lot more food magic pertaining to mid-late spring with flowers and sprouted veggies but you said spring’s arrival so I wanted to keep the post short haha.

Also my Ostara tag has way more stuff for recipes and correspondences if you are interested in early spring things. 

Planting grass starters on the last day (the 28th) of spring or summer causes the grass to spread much faster! This method can give you a lot more grass for your money. However, remember that all your grass will die on the first day of winter, so avoid planting in late fall!

A Cat, a Fox, and a Bee walk into a Bakery 15

“Just you today?” Marinette looked up as Queen Bee landed on her balcony, currently wrist deep in potting soil.

“Vixen texted, she has to watch her sisters, and Chat apparently has work.  Both said they’ll be by later tonight.” Queen Bee tilted her head curiously.  “What are you doing?”

“Well, spring is starting, so I’m getting my planting done.” Marinette tilted her head to indicate the pallet of assorted flowers and packets of seeds, as well as the mis-matched collection of pots.  “Want to help?”

Queen Bee sniffed and turned her nose up.  “And get dirty?

Marinette smirked slightly. “Just admit that you don’t know how.”

The heroine gasped in outrage, then pouted and sat down beside Marinette.  “Fine, pass me that tiny shovel-thing.”

Marinette giggled.  “It’s called a spade, and you don’t need one right now.  Get a pot and put some potting soil in it first.”

“Um…” Queen Bee looked between her suited up hands and the large bag of potting soil, prompting Marinette to sigh and pull her gloves off before passing them over.  Sheepishly, Queen Bee pulled them on, then started to reach into the bag.

“Queenie, just use the old pot in there to scoop some in.” Marinette chuckled, showing her the small, battered plastic pot, then handing Queen Bee a long rectangular pot.  “Scoop enough in to almost fill it, then tamp it down a bit with your hands.”  Not minding the dirt, Marinette demonstrated with her own pot.

Trying to act like she knew exactly what she was doing, Queen Bee copied what her girlfriend did, sitting a little straighter once she had her pot filled.  “Now what?”

“Now, pick out some flowers.”  Marinette nudged the pallet closer to her, and Queen Bee picked out the brightest, yellowest flowers on it.  “Then, use the spade to dig a little hole, tip the flower out of its pot, rough up the roots a little bit to encourage them to grow, and plant.” The young woman suited action to words, letting the heroine see as she carefully planted the flower she had chosen.  “Then make sure the dirt is nice and secure around it.  Once your pot is full, you can water it.”

Queen Bee beamed once she had finished copying Marinette.  “I did it!”  Realizing, she huffed and turned her nose up.  “Told you I could.”

“Uh-huh.” Marinette tried and failed to hide her grin.  “Want to finish up that long pot?  For something like that, you’ll want to space the flowers here, here, and here.” She said, using the spade to make marks in the dirt.  “Then you can hang it on the railing.  Once we’re done with everything we’ll go around and water it all.”

They spent the rest of the cool spring afternoon filling up Marinette’s pots.  When they were done, Marinette showed Queen Bee how to start the vegetable seeds she had bought in a seed starter tray.

Finally, the plants were all settled and watered, and Marinette looked up from where she was packing away her few gardening tools to see Queen Bee let out a long sigh and brush the back of one hand over her forehead, leaving behind a streak of dirt. She bit her lower lip to keep from laughing so as not to tip her off.  “Thanks for helping with my gardening today.”

“… It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” Queen Bee admitted, which from her meant that she had really enjoyed it.  “I wouldn’t mind learning more.”

“I’d be happy to show you more, though I’m not really great at gardening myself.  I’m good enough to keep my plants from dying, anyways.” Marinette smiled and leaned over to kiss Queen Bee’s cheek.  “I had fun doing this with you.”

As she went to pull back, Queen Bee quickly tugged off the borrowed gardening gloves and reached up to cup Marinette’s cheek with one hand, turning to press her lips to the other girl’s in a proper kiss.  Marinette gasped softly, but didn’t pull away.  Queen Bee was just wondering if she had moved too quickly and whether she should back off when Marinette’s lips slanted over hers, prompting a soft sigh as she closed her eyes and allowed herself to enjoy the kiss.

“Nice, Queenie.”  The two girls broke the kiss with a start, blushing slightly as they registered Vixen and Chat standing on the roof and grinning widely.  “Oh, don’t stop on our account,” Vixen chuckled, flicking her tail as she lightly hopped down onto the balcony.  “I’m tempted to steal a kiss myself.”

“From which one?” Marinette countered, doing her best to recover after having been caught off guard.

“Either.  Both.  Both sounds good,” Vixen mused as she moved over to make room for Chat.  With all of the gardening supplies that still needed to be put away, plus all of the new pots, it was getting a little cramped on the balcony.

Chat tilted his head. “Hey, Queenie, did you know you have dirt on your face?”

“What?!” Queen Bee screeched.  “Marinette, I need your bathroom now!”

Marinette pouted at Chat as Queen Bee rushed past her and inside.  “Dangit Chat, I wanted to see how long it would take for her to notice.”

Witchy Tip

You know what is absolutely bangin’ for budget witchcraft?

Those little Ziploc containers.

Seriously. I got a bunch of the 8-oz ones on a whim (because they were cheap) and they’ve turned out to be a godsend. They’re easy to open, close, fill, empty, label, clean, reuse, you name it. They’re obviously food-safe, top-rack dishwasher safe for sterilization (if that’s ever a concern), and microwave safe, so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into your materials if you use them for herb storage.

That and they come in a bunch of sizes, from tiny to quite large, take a fair amount of wear and tear, and have a thousand-and-one uses.

Fill them with your herbs and powders. Use them to store and organize small components. Plop in a little potting soil and seeds, put them in the sun, and use them as indoor plant starters (the lid helps it function as a miniature greenhouse).

And did I mention they’re CHEAP?

Ziploc containers may not have the same ambiance as a shelf full of glass jars, but damned if they aren’t some of the handiest things I’ve come across in a long time.

matthiashelvar  asked:

hello yes hi what plants do you think should I get

um yes this is a question i can answer with absolute certainty! 

  • basil plants is great because it’s yummy, hard to kill and protect your home from bad energy. also great to cook with
  • aloe vera plant because they’re squishy and helpful
  • peace lilys!! i mean just the name is adorable af, but they’re great indoor plants who can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air!!

those are like great starter plants steph

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