Hello friends. It's been a while since I've written, but I thought I'd stop by for a spell and update the blog on what's going on at Witchy Woods and in my life. First off, what an amazing summer we had. September marks our second year at Witchy Woods. The summer was amazing and the gardening and wildflower meadows thrived. Taking daily walks around the property, picking vegetables and flowers, became my favorite thing to do. The colors, textures and smells were absolutely intoxicating to my soul. I never dreamed it could be so pretty!
So I guess you could say my first year as a gardener and wildflower farmer was a success. As for beekeeping... well they sure helped the garden, but I can't say I enjoyed the experience of caring for them. Maybe it was first year aggravations, or maybe it's the aggressive tone of the hives. They are mitebiters and quite mean. I don't know, but I am hopeful it will get better.
One of the things I loved the most about the summer gardens, was being able to pick flowers daily if I wanted. I made floral arrangements for my home, to sell and as gifts. There is an art to floral arranging and I am learning. I absolutely love having fresh flowers in my home and being able to share the cheerful energy with others. This has become one of my favorite things.
The big wildflower patch that we cultivated provided us with many annuals, mainly of orange and yellow. Hopefully we ended the season right with it, and will see the perennials bloom next year. Our new puppy Oliver Murphy certainly enjoyed our walks to the meadow!
The garden produced a lot of great tomatoes and peppers. I canned salsa for the first time, and froze some tomatoes as well. It was nice to be able to gift the salsa and zucchini bread to friends and family. It was also a blessing to be able to eat farm-to-table most of the summer.
I planted nearly 50 pumpkins seeds, in about 22 mounds. One thing I learned this year, is to give my pumpkins more space in between, more space in general and to plant a little later in the season. My pumpkins were ready in August, and while many of the bigger ones have rotted, most of the minis are still okay for fall decorating. It was a real joy watching them grow and collecting them every day. I will definitely grow again, but with lessons learned.
My herb garden was spectacular. I was able to harvest, dry, jar and use several of the herbs I grew. I enjoyed the sage, spearmint, peppermint and lavender very much, but there were others I grew that I just didn't know enough about to appreciate or use. Next year, I will cut back and just grow what I will use. I definitely want to add chamomile to the mix.
Learning to craft candles and lip balms was another thing I enjoyed doing over the summer. I'll be offering my goodies up at the Salem Applefest this Saturday. It was also nice to be able to gift these items to friends and family. I seem to have been in learning and giving mode all summer long, and actually I'm still there, taking all the courses, reading and soaking up knowledge when inspiration strikes. I go through these phases, and it's a whole lot of fun!
Right now, as summer is fading into the Liminal Space of September, I am focusing on the Camp Wildflower courses I am facilitating online, and teaching yoga classes at the community center and the community college. I am also zeroing in on my Tarot techniques, with the hopes of offering readings this fall. Life feels like it is moving at a comfortable pace for me right now. Hunting season will be here soon, and I plan to enjoy the fall as much as possible. And of course I will be photographing my experience. Join me on Instagram for daily posts... or stay turned for more blog posts. I might be back sooner than this time around!
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