The current popularity of mysticism, tarot, crystals, and other witchy things got me thinking about the witchy-ness of my ancestors and how they had totally witchy gardens. As someone with Scottish heritage (which is steeped in witchy magic) it’s fun to learn about the witches and herbalists who grew and used herbs in centuries gone by. Every day that I lived in Scotland I would pass by places where witchy things had happened. It was absolutely fascinating 🙂
Why Gardening is Super Witchy
Growing, observing, and working with plants is a generally a pretty witchy thing to do. There is something magical about communing with nature. Connecting with plants and learning to understand them underlies many historical remedies and concoctions. There is incredible value in connecting with nature.
If you’re feeling a bit woo-woo or witchy these days, you may want to consider learning a bit more about how plants grow. You don’t have to stick to a conventional vegetable garden either. How about planning and planting your own witchy garden…full of the herbs and flowers that interest you!?
10 Ways to Create a Witchy Garden
Here are ten simple ways to connect with nature and create a witchy garden in your yard, on your patio, or even on the windowsill.
1. Observe Nature
Before starting your witchy garden, it’s time to learn from nature. Observing and learning from nature is incredibly powerful and incredibly calming at the same time. There are few ways to spend your time that combine those two feelings in quite the same way. There is something about the way that people connect with plant culture that makes the experience magical.
Find an undisturbed area of nature where you can observe the natural goings-on of the environment. If you’re in the woods, make note of the way the air feels under the foliage canopy. The whole place will seem alive and vibrant, even in near-silence. Meditating in nature or simply pausing to enjoy it will help you connect and commune with the incredible energy that it exudes.
2. Forage and Wildcraft
Another way to connect with nature in preparation for your witchy garden is to see what’s already available out in the wilderness where you live. Think about the things that you already use in your day to day life and research what is available in your area to forage/wildcraft. If you’re not already experienced with foraging edibles, stick to non-edibles until you can take a course from a local forager or wildcrafter.
Another wonderful source of information for wild plants in your area are local indigenous groups. Check the library to see if there are any local plant books available, or see if the local band hosts traditional food or medicine workshops. This info will be specifically tailored to your local area and will be full of helpful gems of information.
In our area, I love to forage for moss for my floral arrangements and terrariums. I also like to collect little bits like flower seeds to bring back home and observe and grow. If you’re foraging off your property, be sure to get permission from the landowner or public authority prior to going foraging.
3. Plant Edible Herbs and Flowers
Once you’ve taken some time to observe nature, it’s time to plan out some plants to grow in your witchy garden. Edible herbs and flowers are a great way to start your garden because they’re generally easy to find and grow. It’s also safer to grow culinary herbs and edible flowers before you delve into some of the witchier plants in the next section. You’re also likely to use them in daily cooking and DIY recipes because they are edible.
Here are a few great edible herbs to try out. Make sure you do your research when buying your seeds or plants to ensure the plant/variety you’re getting is indeed edible.
Common Culinary Herbs
A great post about edible flowers to grow in your garden can be found here.
4. Grow Witchy Plants
Before I start this section, I should note that I’m not a trained herbalist. Don’t try and eat or use any plants without researching the exact variety and checking with a trained professional. Some of the plants that are considered “witchy plants” are most certainly poisonous!
Research the toxicity of each plant you consider for your garden prior to planting. If planting poisonous plants, take appropriate measures to protect kids, pets, and onlookers from your witchy garden. Additionally, if planting both edible herbs and poisonous plants, ensure the edibles are clearly separated from the toxic plants and are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion.
The plants listed below can be considered to be witchy for one reason or another. Growing a plant simply because it’s “witchy” isn’t the greatest reason to add it to your garden. Choose the plants that you naturally connect with, use regularly, or are interested in. If you need a little inspiration when choosing your witchy plants, check out these witchy plants on Pinterest.
A Few Witchy Plants
- Monkshood (Wolf’s Bane)
When planning your witchy garden, research bloom and harvest times for various plants. Some gardeners try to pick a variety of plants that will be interesting at different times throughout the year. Planning your plants so that something is always blooming is a great way to keep visual interest while also supporting pollinator species. Other gardeners try to plan it out so everything can be harvested at once. Consider your lifestyle and preferences when planning out plants for your witchy garden.
5. Garden By The Moon Cycle
Once you’ve selected some herbs or other witchy plants to grow in your witchy garden, it’s time to make a garden calendar. Many witchy gardeners choose to plant by the moon’s cycles. This involves planting seeds of different types during different phases (and even different Zodiac signs if you’re into that).
I wrote a detailed post about how to garden by the moon a few weeks ago. Check it out for instructions about how to schedule your plants in alignment with the moon’s phases.
6. Harvest in the Moonlight
Speaking of the moon, another witchy practice to bring into your garden is to harvest herbs by moonlight. In general, herbs are collected in the morning before the heat of the day but after the morning dew has dried. If, however, you’re looking to add in some extra witchy-ness, try harvesting (and preparing) your herbs by moonlight.
Find a pretty harvest basket or bowl and head outside on a dry evening or early morning. Bring some sort of illumination with you so you can safely see what you’re doing. Enjoy the silence of the evening and the moonlight on the plants. It will likely feel much more magical than picking herbs mid-day!
If harvesting in the moonlight doesn’t feel like your jam (or isn’t safe for one reason or another), another thing you can do is to leave your watering can out overnight. Folklore indicates that the moonlight charges the water (especially on the full moon). I always leave my watering can full of water at the end of the day anyways because the chlorine in the tap water will off-gas and the water will come to air temperature by the time it’s used the next day (which plants prefer to icy tap water).
7. Talk to Your Plants
Talking to your plants is actually a pretty common practice among gardeners. Plants are living things, and although they don’t talk back to us in words, they are wise in their own way. If you want to talk to your plants, there is certainly nothing stopping you! Anything that helps you connect positively with nature is worth a shot. Try talking to your plants, or even just visiting and checking in with them. Pausing to look at an individual plant will help you observe how it grows and changes, if nothing more.
8. Create an Altar and/or Meditative Area
An extra witchy feature to add to your garden is to create an altar or meditative area. Creating your own wellness spot in your garden will make you feel incredibly blessed and possibly very witchy. Find a pretty stone to sit on while you mediate or create a carpet of soft moss. Use tall screening plants around the area to form an outdoor “nest” of sorts. The little bit of landscaping work required to create your garden nest will be completely worth it. You’ll feel like you have your own nature spa!
9. Give Back to the Land
Once your witchy garden is established, give back to the land by replenishing it with nutrients, organic matter, water, and new plants. Add worm castings to your garden, make comfrey tea for your plants, and mulch with homemade compost. Your garden will thrive with proper care and attention and will continue to provide you with a healthy dose of plant energy.
10. Establish a Daily Garden Ritual
Witchy gardening doesn’t stop after your garden is planted. Visit your garden every day to observe and commune with your plants. Make it a special part of your daily ritual in which you can set aside day-to-day thoughts and focus on what matters to you most. It just might become your favourite part of your day 🙂
Will you be starting your own witchy garden? Are you already growing a few witchy plants among your existing gardens? Share your stories, experiences, and questions in the comments section below!
For more witchy garden ides, follow my witchy gardening board on Pinterest. I’d love to see you there (I am a Pinterest addict…)!
PS: Here is a pin-able image for this post 🙂
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