More Garden Time

The corner tomato jungle.
The corner tomato jungle. This picture is from later in the year, but you can see the trellis structure.

I spent yesterday and today working in the garden. And I think only about an hour of the total ten was spent digging in the dirt. My main pursuit was trellising. I managed to build teepees out of various materials from our yard and garden. I built a rather large ponderous one about 8 to 9 feet tall I am guessing for the summer squash plant. This was made out of sheet rock corners Superman found in the garage. Then I built some smaller ones only about 7 foot high for the tomatoes out of some re-bar, old pipes, and branches I found in the yard. I created some cross pieces from carpet wool to hold the plants in. And I hope to get the squash in place tomorrow. I also dug out the carrot patch again and put in another path. Lots and lots of wild morning glory up the fence there.

I did come across some bags of grass clippings today in running my errands, and brought a couple home for mulching. But just didn’t get to them this evening. After 10 pm tonight, me and the boys went out and harvested two huge bundles of yarrow by moonlight. I didn’t even make a dent in what was there. The bundles were too big to hang on the rafters in the kitchen, so at the moment they are in my entry way. I need to find somewhere else I can hang bunches to dry.

I have a lot more trellises to put in tomorrow. As I would like to get the other tomato plants and the beans all done before they get too big. And then Thursday we are going to plant a sunflower house. It is a bit late, but I think we can still enjoy it.

Herb Spirals

With my growing interest in gardening, recycling and permaculture I’m exploring ways to make my life easier and my soil better.

One thing I found today is an herb spiral. This looks like something I would find entertaining, and the benefits to the plants sound great! By creating many little micro climates in one place I will be able to grow a wide variety of herbs without running all over the yard.

I am not sure where to put it, but I am sure that will come to us as we work on planning things out.

Elsewise around here I am working on crocheting a hassock, all made with recycled stuffing and structure. The cover is from several scraps of acrylic yarn I have in my stash and I am working several tapestry crochet designs into it as I go. So far I have started and then ripped out six different tops. I gave up on the top for now, and decided to work on the sides. Since I seem to be coming up with all the ideas for what I want on the sides while I struggle with the top. I am on the bottom area right now, and this is the chart I am adapting for the tapestry crochet pattern:

I have nine repeats of it going around. So far I am using a gold colored yarn and one called ‘Claret’ it is sort of a dark Burgundy color. Looks very much like the Griffindor colors from Harry Potter. I am not sure where else I am going with it.

Inside I still have about 20 tomato plants in small pots. Two days ago (on Wednesday) I did manage to plant the 4 pumpkin vines over on the north side of the back yard near the grapevine trellis. I had to dig out a big chunk of bricks to get them in. Almost all of our pathways in our garden are filled with bricks, but I still have tons more. I did line the front beds of iris with them. The whole family spent an hour and a half Wednesday night putting in the beds and planting the iris bulbs. Our neighbors came by and chatted while we were working, and Superman took them back and showed off our veggie garden. I also planted some peppermint under where the hose drips on the north side of the house in the front, and some chocolate mint in the south bed with the roses. My mom gave me all the mints and the iris. Hopefully this coming Monday I will get some papyrus. A good friend of mine has a big plant, and we are going to cut it down and make some papyrus paper and she is going to give me a small chunk to start in my house. Right now I have a pot for it in the living room in our southern bay window, but I am not 100% sure that is where it will stay.

I have also started working on another book. Right now it contains all of the almanac info for my area for 2009 and the first two months of 2010. I am going to see where it goes. I know many friends in other areas who want some of my books calculated for them, but it is a lot of work to calculate all of that out. So far I have included about 800 or so holidays and their history, along with how they are calculated, all of the retrograde charts for the first 19 planets, the moon phases and signs, moon void of course data, planetary hours of the day for sun and moon, and various notable astrological configurations, along with lots of astronomical data that is visible from our earth spot. I would like to work it into a daily planner format. But the problem becomes that there is six or seven pages of data for each day. Which seems a bit cumbersome. Even adding the days planetary hours onto a day chart breaks it over into a two page spread per day, if there is room to write in appointments.

I would like to add our local planting and harvesting data for our county. But getting it down that small seems like it would really limit its usefulness. I just have much more testing and puzzling to do on the whole matter.

Books and Lilies

I just picked up Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on the recommendation of one of my current teachers. So far it is great fun! I crocheted a new bookmark for it of course.

Another of my favorite Filigree Bookmarks. Mr. Norrell is a practicing magician, which none of the other magicians in Yorkshire are. They only study about magic. Mr. Norrell has a vast library which is of course the envy of the Society of Magicians in York. But, he is very polite as he looks down his nose at them, and tricks them into giving up magic (what else would a magician do?) so he can acquire their books and they will quite hounding him.

Being a bibliophile and a pursuer of the occult myself, the descriptions of Mr. Norrell’s library were great fun. Having moved into this new house, it is taking some time for the books to settle into their homes. I have the hardest time with single category classification. And, I am glad I did not take the books downstairs to my ritual room and potion storage areas, as since the April and May rains have come we have discovered that our basement leaks! Joy of Joys. It is the East wall and the mortar needs to be repaired we have discovered.

This morning, while tending to the gardens, I found our first blooming lily from the couple that lived here before us. It is a tiger lily and absolutely gorgeous. I need to trim the roses again, and will do that this evening when it has cooled off a bit. It is late morning, and already the not-mercury-any-more has climbed above 90 F.

In the mean time I am working on some crochet of course. And I have also picked up the knitting again. Been doing much better on this swatch and just need more practice. Someday I will be knitting lace shawls, and that is all there is to it.

To the right is the beginning of my new sun hat. So far I have an ivy lace pattern in the crown, but that is all. I had wanted to do some sort of relief of a charted grape leaf shortly after the lace area. But I tried it out with some fp and bp sc, and it just didn’t work out. So, that has been taken out and I am trying something different. I don’t know what that will be!

In the mean time I joined a CAL (crochet-a-long) for a mystery shawl. So far it has turned out to be great fun! I usually tend to crochet rather tightly, and this is a good challenge, using a very thin thread and a large hook.

June

June is the sixth month of the current Gregorian calendar, and the first month of Summer. June’s original name was Junonius, from the Roman Goddess Juno, whose Greek counterpart was Hera. Juno is a patron of the female sex, and so this month was considered excellent for marriages. As Juno Moneta, whose temple was located on the Capitoline hill in Rome, she was guardian of money and wealth. June is sacred to Juno and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty. It was also a time for the Vestal Virgins to cleanse the penus (sic) – a sacred vessel – in the Temple of Vesta.

It is the “door of the year,” the gateway to the inner realms. The Irish call June Meitheamh or an t-Ogmios, the young month. The Anglo-Saxon name was Aerra Litha, “before Litha.” The Franks called it Brachmanoth, “break month.” June is called Fallow by the Asatru.

The first Full Moon of June is called the Hot or Strawberry Moon in parts of America. It is also referred to as the Strong Sun Moon, Lover’s Moon, and Rose Moon, and it has been called the Moon of Making Fat and the Moon of Horses, and name similar to one of the names for May’s Moon. It shares the names Mead Moon and Honey Moon with July.

At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, June begins with the sun in the astrological sign of Gemini, ends with the sun in the astrological sign of Cancer. No other month begins on the same day of the week as June.

June birthstones

  • geminiModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Pearl, Moonstone
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Alexandrite
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Moonstone
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Pearl
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Opal, Agate

Magickal Correspondences for June

  • cancerAstrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer
  • Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs
  • Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, Vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses
  • Colors: Orange, golden-green
  • Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow, rose, honeysuckle
  • Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender
  • Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite, moonstone, pearl
  • Trees: Oak
  • Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad
  • Birds: Wren, peacock
  • Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man,