Garden Updates

For those of you wondering how our lawn transformation (lol) is going, I wanted to give you all an update. We’re making good progress, so much so that if we get even a third of the produce we’re planting (and I manage to effectively can all of it) we will be set for the winter. Another cool thing that we’re noticing is that almost all of the houses on our street, at least in our block, have started their own gardens, either larger vegetable gardens like ours, or smaller but thoroughly respectable little plots, or just porch boxes. It’s really cool to watch and to be part of this progress. Self-sufficiency comes in many forms, after all.

While we still have a lot more to do, including making the Acerbot to Erda, making offerings to Nerthus and Frey, and carrying phalloi for Dionysos around the perimeter to banish evil, we’re making steady progress, and already having the joy of seeing our vegetables and herbs grow. This is our primary in-ground bed so far:

best view main bed april 2020

We’ve got lettuce and dill and three rows of strawberries (eventually it’ll be three rows. Right now, there’s a little room to expand but strawberries are seriously hardy little plants. I was stunned to see how well they’ve handled the shitty weather). They’re for Freya and Hermes and Sigyn will have Her offerings too (Especially from some of the flowers we’ve planted). I was worried about the lettuce and dill at first. When I initially planted it, it was looking a bit peaked but now, I’m happy to report they’re both doing better and over the weekend we’re going to get our brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower in, following with other veggies later in the week as weather permits.

We have a nice herb garden here (and of course there are a bunch more in boxes on the porch, and in a smaller back-yard garden not pictured here):

april 2020 herb garden

We planted a ton of nettle by the porch (While I cannot take nettle internally due to certain health issues, it is an excellent herb medicinally and I like its warrior energy, hence, it’s placement by the front door):

porch nettles april 2020

I have two standing porch boxes. One for tomatoes and peppers:

first standing box april 2020

One for onions and spinach (though I’ll be planting more spinach elsewhere):

second standing box april 2020

And just for the beauty, we planted some flowers (marigolds, poppies, lobelia, vervain, pinks, with room for more – I plan to drop by the garden center and get more this weekend plus we have several rose bushes on their way), though lobelia makes a good tincture, especially when combined with a bit of cayenne for chest issues, and marigolds are edible. We also planted foxglove and hollyhock for the fae:

flower line april 2020

My favorite flowers are poppies, roses, and sunflowers. We are planting two of the three and my next-door neighbor grows the hugest sunflowers I have ever seen, and we share. Our next steps will involve planting the large bed fully and then we’re waiting on two 4×8 foot above ground beds to arrive. They’ll be going on the other side of the house. Plus, we have a beautiful elderberry tree to plant. We’ll also be honoring the Minoan Poppy Goddess when the flowers begin to bloom, since the poppies specifically are Hers. We pour offerings to Sunna, our Sun Goddess when the sunflowers bloom, and we’ll be putting in night-blooming jasmine and other flowers for Mani. Elderberry and rose themselves are elders amongst plant spirits so they too will have their offerings. I’ve also planted two Jupiter’s Beard plants, in honor of Him, by our front door. They’re next to the nettle.

While we’re waiting for our veggies to grow, our household has joined a local CSA. Starting at the end of May, we’ll be receiving weekly buckets of produce. I’m excited about that. It lets us support a local farm, we get the benefit of locally grown vegetables, and my ancestors have been pushing us to make friends with local farmers, start developing a network, etc. and so, this is a good place to begin. That’s where we’re at.

Most importantly, this has opened the door to a devotional relationship with Ceres, Who became very, very present during our preparations. We intend to set up a shrine to Her at the head of the garden bed, where we will be making regular offerings.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on April 29, 2020, in Lived Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Wow, you are NOT messing around! This is really encouraging and inspiring, as I get ready to head out to the garden center momentarily. Thank you!

    And of course, thanks for the reminder to process with phalloi. 😉 Do you and your household have any suggestions for specific hymns and prayers to accompany that?

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  2. I’m really enjoying seeing your posts about this. My grandma started her victory garden early in her marriage during WWII and kept it up for most of her life. Some of my best memories are helping out in that garden, or watching her can.

    I started tomatoes and peppers at the end of March and hope to do a garden box when our stay at home order lifts (can’t get lumber right now). Unfortunately, no garden in the ground for us in base housing- they treated everything with arsenic for termites many years ago and soil isn’t safe. Which is a bummer because there are a lot of berries, coconuts, and banana trees around me. :/

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    • ganglerisgrove

      that really is a bummer with the soil/arsenic. that kind of horrifies me. bc it can’t be good for wildlife and bees either. 😦 BUT I love that your grandma had a victory garden (and I think having a little one in a garden box is awesome too). I don’t know why we as a nation ever stopped with the victory gardens. It’s such a brilliant idea.

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      • Yeah, sadly, a lot of dogs die on base because they dig and then lick their paws. You’re right, it has to be impacting other wild life. 😦
        I’m hoping as I practice gardening in pots and boxes, I’ll be prepared for when we’re done moving around!

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  3. are you using the cloth that helps prevent weeds from taking root?

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  4. You are very fortunate you are able to set up this garden at this time. Some State Governments have banned the sale of anything garden related (including seeds for Gods sakes!) as “Non-Essential”! I guess they don’t want anyone to get any sun (essential for good health) and be self-seficiant.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I know, Xenophon. That’s what kicked my Lithuanian ancestors into high gear and the whole reason we’re pushing this so much so fast.

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  5. ganglerisgrove

    Casey, I think starting with a pot or a box is a perfect way to learn. 🙂

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  6. This is amazing work and beautiful too. We’re getting ready to amp up our own garden. We just burnt a ton of wood and we’ll be mixing the ashes into the soil, along with our compost, and then we’ll be planting soon. Hopefully around May 1st. Appropriate, I think.

    I cannot wait to do all of this on our own land. Breathtaking.

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  7. ganglerisgrove

    Wyrd Designs, the orange rows are sawdust walkways. it’ll allow us to weed without stepping on and possibly damaging our plants.

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