Quick and Easy No Dig Veggie Garden

At the moment it seems a lot of people are looking for ways to start a veggie garden quickly. I now have in ground and above ground constructed garden beds and this is one way I have tried very successfully in the past. It is quick, easy and will ensure your veggies thrive!

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Where have I been!!

Aug 16
I think this is the longest I have been away from my blog. Things have been incredibly busy for me as I have been asked to step up and help out more with various community projects I am involved in...
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Flora Grows Apples

WEB Flora Grows Apples Cheralyn Darcey
THE MAGICK & POWER OF APPLES (Malus domestica). This fruit can help you connect with energies to assure a brighter future. Apple helps build and hold hope stronger in your heart. If you are working on your future, on goals and re-evaluating past decisions, this powerful fruit will be a strong ally. Those wanting to align with the energy of love and especially on bringing romantic bonds closer together can use apple via essences, cooking, imagery and magic to assist. Apple also beckons us tp look at the individual elements of situations a little more closely and be sure that you do not lose your unique qualities.

GARDENING NOTES
Plant apple trees from early winter to mid-spring in tropical zones (suitable cultivars) and late autumn through to late spring in all other areas. Grow in a sheltered, full sun position with a free-draining and fertile soil. Ensure that the young tree is very well watered in the first few weeks. Apples benefit from a nitrogen-based fertiliser each year before fruiting. Harvest apples when they smell and taste ripe.

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: immortality, prosperity, love, spirit realm, blockages
Deities: Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Pomona, Gaia, Morgan le Fay, Idunn, Olwen
Celestial: Venus
Astrological Sign: Capricorn

AN APPLE SPELL
Apples hide a pentagram within, so use this natural magick in a dried fruit display.
Gather 3 apples, ½ cup lemon juice, 1.5 tablespoons salt. Core apples, slice 5mm (.20 inch) thick. Soak for 15 minutes in a mix of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Pat dry then dry on a baking sheet for about 6 hours at in an oven at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.

I know a lot of you love Flora as much as I do so here is a full sized print to keep. 
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It is still copyright protected and may not be sold. 
Flora Grows Apples Cheralyn Darcey

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

Rosemary Powers and Creating Cuttings

This is my beloved Rosemary plant below that I've had for about 8 years now. In flower on this rainy morning and here are a few cuttings I took a couple of weeks back and a bit of advice on how you can do that and I've shared how Rosemary can enhance and support you!

Rosemary 1CREATING CUTTINGS
ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis)
You need the nodes! One of these cuttings have been removed correctly, one has not. Spot the difference? It will help you create the best cuttings.
I created these cuttings of my Rosemary by taking semi-ripe cuttings about two weeks ago. To do this, you ensure that you select non-flowering tips from your plant that are beginning to harden and turn brown (you should be able to see what that looks like in my photo). I snipped my cuttings just below a nod (a bumpy bit) on the stem and then striped off all the lower leaves as you can see.

I dipped my cuttings in honey and set in small glass vases to shoot and had about a 70% success rate

Rosemary 2Potting up today into compost in small pots and because it has turned chilly here, I will cover with my mini greenhouses so that the roots can establish.

Rosemary is a perennial shrub that can be planted from late autumn to late winter in the tropics, from early spring through to late autumn in temperate zones and mid-spring to early autumn in colder places. Plant in garden beds or containers in most free-draining soils and although rosemary will grow in semi-shade, it usually does better in full sun. Harvest leaves as required.

THE POWER OF ROSEMARY
Rosemary helps develop deeper levels of connection with people, concepts and plans. It enables you to keep in touch with your inner wisdom, paying heed to the past and to clear what needs to be released. Rosemary also warns of gossip and those who are false in their appearance or word.

HEALTH & WELLBEING
Rosemary can be used to improve memory and provides mental clarity, so helpful when studying. Best used as an essential oil for this or even (as I do), work inside a locket or as a small spring. It does taste so zingy and yummy on food but it also improves digestion so is perfect added to meals latter in the day or perhaps those larger festive dishes.  Rosemary contains anti-flammatory elements and antioxidants and can be used to assist health issues that could benefit from these qualities. 

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: the mind, cleansing, consecration, psychic development, lust
Deities: Elves, Virgin Mary, Hecate, Helios, Sea Spirits
Celestial: Sun
Astrological Sign: Leo

A ROSEMARY SPELL
This herb can easily be used as a smudge stick to cleanse the mind and areas.
Gather a bunch of rosemary and natural string or yarn. Trim as many sprigs as you please to an even length that you feel will create a smudge stick of the size and appearance you want.With the string, wrap the cut end of the stems a few times and tie to secure and then tightly in a crisscross fashion to the end and the tie off. Hang to in a cool dry place until dry.

 

 

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

Flora Grows Cos Lettuce

I've been asked for prints of this artwork and I thought I'd gift them to those who are interested.Flora Grows Cos Lettuce  Cheralyn Darcey

"Flora Grows Cos Lettuce" Cheralyn Darcey 2020 
watercolour, pen, white ink, pencil on paper 
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COS LETTUCE
(Lactuca sativa)
This vegetable will help you find fulfilment in many areas of your life. It will help you overcome challenges and find new ways to obtain financial gain or recovery. Cos Lettuce helps us get better physically and emotionally and so asks that we watch the way we are caring for ourselves and to be careful about what it is we are focused on.
Flora Cos Lettuce
GARDENING NOTES
Usually planted in spring or autumn in most areas or late winter through to mid spring in cold zones. Before sowing, lay on wet paper towels and refrigerate for two days before sowing. Keep well-watered once sown or seedlings are planted out. Lettuce grow best in full sun with an open soil that is rich and kept moist. Although all are annuals, many types are ‘cut and come again’ so can be harvested as they grow until the end of their season. 

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: 
lust, renewal, recovery, love, fertility, desire
Deities: 
Venus, Min
Celestial: 
The Moon
Astrological Sign: 
Cancer


SPELL 
Renew your skin and boost your desirability while bring what you desire closer.
Gather 2 tablespoons finely shredded lettuce, 1 teaspoon of corn flour, 1 tablespoon of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of dried milk, 1 tablespoon fine powered clay and 1 drop of rose oil.

Place in a red bowl and mix together while visualising what it is you desire. Pat onto a clean face, leave for 30 mins then rinse off. 

 

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

The Silver Ball Cactus (Notocactus scopa) for you to colour and create with

The Silver Ball Cactus (Notocactus scopa) helps those with deep seated regrets move past them.
This plant offers hope when it seems impossible and given to another says, "I'll still be with you no matter what".
Silver Ball Cactus Cheralyn Darcey
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#plantadayprint for you to get creative with. I've now left my signature off these to expand your creating potentials. They are still protected under copyright but you are free to download, share and create with others and give as gifts. They are not for commercial use.

This print is one of my hand carved block prints. 

bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻
bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

CoastFM The Gardening Gang 28th March

This week Pete Little and Cheralyn Darcey chat all things raised garden beds, starting your first veggie garden, gardening indoors and Cheralyn helps some listeners with tips on removing mushroom fairy rings in your lawn (if you want to) and how to stop your celery going yellow in the garden. 

Listen to The Gardening Gang every Saturday morning from 8am to 9am on CoastFM 963 if you are in the range of the NSW Central Coast or stream online from anywhere join the world at 8am AEST at:  COASTFM

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

A Plant Print a Day ~ Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsoma formosa) to paint, colour or create with

A little isolation helping hand ~
Day Three of printing up my old blocks and putting their images up for you to paint or colour with pencils and other mediums. Love to see what you create, tag me on social media with hashtags: #aplantprintaday or #cheralyn and I'll find you!
Sturt's Desert Pea Cheralyn Darcey
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Will assist you in ~
Overcoming situations in which you feel momentarily powerless by enabling you to accept and move on. Support for those who are taking things too personally. Sturt's Desert Pea gives great perspective in all things and offers emotional healing.

Plant & Flower Meanings ~ 
You need to let something go. You may not be able to sustain long term improvement or change so it may be better to count your loses and move on. Be very careful of giving too much of yourself at the moment as you could open yourself up to emotional hurt. You do not know all the facts to a situation.

To give to another ~
"I am sorry for your loss"
"Wishing you well again" (emotional or mental healing)
"I support you"

Gardening Notes ~
You are in for a challenge. I have heard you ""treat them mean to keep them keen" is in order but I like to love my plants so I rather look at this as providing the thought environment which they are used to!
Do not fertile or water too much. Soil should be sandy, open and, well, like the desert! I've grown them once in a pot successfully on a hot window sill. They like it hot and they like it dry. On my list for this Spring in our new home!
Plant in Spring from seeds.

bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 🌻


bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

A Plant Print a Day ~ Pyramidal Orchid Block Print to Colour


Pyramidal Orchid
(Anacamptis pyramidalis
)

A little isolation helping hand ~
Day Two of printing up my old blocks and putting their images up for you to paint or colour with pencils and other mediums. Love to see what you create, tag me on social media with hashtags: #aplantprintaday or #cheralyn and I'll find you!

Pyramidal orchid insta

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The Language of Plants & Flowers Meanings

The coming together of forces and people to take on challenges, build legacies and work together for the greater good. Warrior spirit energy especially connected with leading groups for a higher purpose. You may find an important choice is coming so fight for what you want and believe in and if you are seeking affirmation at present then be assured, you now have it.
Sacrifice of smaller things needs to be undertaken in order to attain larger goals.
The challenges of Pyramidal Orchid are failure to do your part and not working well with others in your current situation. Timidness and fear which polarises and prevents action and failing to work through issues due to avoidance of confrontation. Be careful of any conspiracy, especially one you are drawn into.  



Botanical Profile
The hermaphrodic flowers which vary from pink to purple and very occasionally white are arranged on the unbranched stem in a pyramidal shape which gives this plant it’s name. Reaching a height of between 10 and 25cm, it’s basal are a fresh spring green and grow up to 25cm long. This orchid is native to southwestern Eurasia and is very common on the Isle of Wight and throughout South England.

Gardening Tips
skill level:moderate
Plant out tubers in either chalk, loam or sand based fertile soil and in a semi-shade position. This perennial flowers in mid-summer and although you can let the solid dry out a little it does prefer to be kept moist.


Place
Stonehenge, England
Located in Wiltshire, near the towns of Amesbury and Salisbury, this most well-known of all standing stone circles, is thought to have been constructed from anywhere between 3,000 and 2,000 BC. It sits within earthworks, known as barrows in England, which are artificial changes created by humans to land levels. This is achieved usually by the placement of soil and sculpted rocks. Stonehenge has undergone many construction phases in it’s ancient past and has evolved in appearance and possibly meaning and usage throughout time.

bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 🌻

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

A Plant Print a Day ~ Gardenia Block Print to Colour

A little isolation helping hand ~

I'm hand printing up my old blocks and putting their images up for you to paint or colour with pencils and other mediums. Love to see what you create, tag me on social media with hashtags: #aplantprintaday or #cheralyn and I'll find you!

Gardenia Print Cheralyn Darcey
Gardenia plant and its flowers will heighten awareness; bring messages to you; assist and support spiritual growth; will help if you are setting boundaries and wanting to disconnect from certain energies and if you are feeling they are calling to you will be sending you affirmation. 

bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 🌻

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Learn Green Witch Gardening Online with Cheralyn Darcey

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Learn Green Witch Gardening and how to Create a Home Apothecary​ Online 
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Garden Design with Magick
​You will learn how to plan and design a beautiful garden space (indoors or out) while learning magical correspondences that will empower, protect and boost the energies you will be working with.
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​Plant, Grow, Nurture
Lessons to help you start, renovate and get your garden growing with plants you can use for healing, magick and culinary purposes, all grown naturally by you. 
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Create A Home Apothecary
Learn how to best gather and preserve your harvest and where to obtain additional items to create your personal at home Magickal Apothecary.
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