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An Animistic Garden, Part I: Garden Philosophy and Bridging between Domestication and Wildness

Shanti garden at Sirius Ecovillage

“That’s a pretty wild and unkempt garden you have there.  Did you lose control?” a visitor to my land once said. “Yes, I responded, it is wonderful.”  When you look at pictures of gardens online, in gardening magazines, etc. things …

Putting the Garden to Sleep: End of Season Activities and Rituals

The day before the first hard frost. Our garden is still bountiful as the Butzemann watches over all….As the darkness continues to grow deeper on the landscape, it is high time to consider how to put the garden to rest …

The herbal hugels (below ground) in the meditation garden

Beltane Gardening Rituals: Garden Blessings, Standing Stones, and Energy Workings

Here in the Laurel Highlands of Western PA, Beltane marks the start of “planting” season, where we move our indoor seeds out into the greenhouse to harden off, where many seeds like carrots and beans start to go into the …

A Walk Through a Sacred Garden

Today, we are taking a walk through the sacred gardens at the Druid’s Garden Homestead.  There are so many lessons to learn with a simple walk in a beautiful garden.  Today’s Lughnasadh garden walk reminds us of the power of …

The Druid’s Garden: Principles of Sacred Gardening

One of the greatest blessings of gardening and growing things is the deep energetic connections that you can develop with plants. When I grow a pepper in my garden, I have developed a relationship with that plant from the time …

So much wonderful food in the greenhouse!

The Samhain of our Lives

Just last week, we had our first hard frost. After homesteading for a number of years, you grow to be vigilant for the signs of the first frost. The air smells different somehow in the two or so weeks leading …

Sowing the Seeds of the Future: Spiritual Insights on Seed Starting and Growth

There is so much magic in a tiny seed. Dormant, still, silent, the seed speaks of unimaginable potential. The seed is the first—and last—step in the cycle of most plant life; they complete the circle of life. Seeds can lay …

Embracing the Sacred and Understanding the Druidic Garden: Growing and Preserving Your Own Food

When I was a child, I used to read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  In her books, Laura spends a lot of time talking about food preservation–slaughtering the pig, making maple sugar, making “head cheese”, sowing crops, cutting hay for …