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   Jun 30

Your Questions About Gardening

Lizzie asks…

Have you donated your unmentionables to this year’s summer Grow Your Own campaign at Hampton Court Palace?

Visitors at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show were asked by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to donate their unwanted underwear for its summer Grow Your Own campaign at Hampton Court Palace.
The clean unwanted bras, briefs and boxer shorts donated would be used in display of how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in unwanted underwear.
The donated underwear will now be used, alongside stock contributed by Marks and Spencer, in a ‘good life’ display at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, from 7-12 July.
Georgie Webb, of the RHS, said that old undies could be used like hanging baskets where people have little space.
“Due to their conical shape, bras are ideal containers for turning into hanging baskets, and if you sew two together, you have what is best described as a ‘hanging bra-sket’,” the Telegraph quoted Webb as saying.
“Once filled with compost you can grow salad leaves, herbs, alpine strawberries and even tumbling cherry tomatoes in them; the bigger the bra the more you can grow.
“But the serious message behind the ‘bra-skets’ is that you do not need a lot of space or even a lot of money to start growing your own food – just a bit of imagination,” Webb added.
The ‘good life’ display is part of a wider campaign by the RHS to encourage more people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and civic organisation, including the National Trust, have also called for more people to grow their own food in order to improve healthy eating and tackle climate change by reducing food miles

GardenersCardiff answers:

Just how big is Georgie Webb’s bra? Hanging basket size? Good Lord, whatever next!

James asks…

Witches or pagans who use herbs in their spell work?

Do you grow your own or do you buy already prepared or dryed herbs for your spells and rituals? I grow some like sage and then buy some as well. If you buy them how do you make sure they are as pure as possible? There is a health food store near by that has bulk dried herbs that I use but sometimes I wonder about quality.

This year I am going to try to grow as much of what I use as possible.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Ms Crone, not only do you have to worry about the purity but also the manner in which the herbs were “harvested”, planted, and grown. I prefer to use only herbs which I can locate, and harvest myself. That way I know that the plants were well cared for and that they were harvested with respect and in a manner that ensures their sustained continuance in the spot where they were growing. I can also leave a small gift to that which remains behind as appreciation for the plant’s sacrifice of itself for my purposes.

Add to this the added energies of the practitioner by doing all of this work yourself and it only adds to the likelihood of success in your endeavors. For those herbs which one can ONLY get through commercial sources, I have found it beneficial to use them but actually grow them in ones “Spirit Garden” using techniques of visualization to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, care for the plant to maturity and properly harvest it in accordance with how you would do so if you could grow the plant yourself. One should even offer a gift to the Earth upon acquiring the herb, just as though you had gone out and harvested it yourself. Additionally, with commercially obtained materials, I have found it necessary to purify them with symbols of the Elementals and consecrate them to the Gods. This removes any unwanted energies that may cling to the materials from those who have handled the stuff before it finally got into your hands.

I hope this gives you a bit more insight into this aspect of things.

Brightest Blessings,
Raji the Green Witch

Richard asks…

do you grow vegies and or herbs? do you make your own pickles, relish, etc?

don’t they taste so much better store bought ones? we grow all sorts of herbs, tomatos, chillies. pumpkin, shallots, pawpaw, lettuce, tried cauli, cabbage, and a few others but weren’t to successful. still we enjoy what we do grow, and swap and share with friends and family. we don’t do to bad for a small suburbian garden.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Mmmm can i have some please

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