Hearth. Home. Harvest. Not only does it make for great alliteration, it’s also the way in which I choose to live my life, as you all well know. For several years I have missed going out to my half-acre garden and assuring the harvest is tended, gathered, and stored appropriately. It was a grand ritual that took several months each year, as every trip to the garden was a sacred event for me.
Two events that were a cause for great reverence were the times of planting and the times of harvest. Although I began my seeds in February, my Northern New York garden was not put into the ground until the end of May due to frost concerns. The weekend of planting was always a great undertaking and we had tilled the soil the month before (and then the day before) after composting material on it all late fall and winter. When planting (and then again at the last harvest of the winter squashes) I also wore a special oil blend to honor Demeter (the Greek Goddess of the Harvest). If you choose, you can also wear it while tending your plants and herbs in order to ensure a fruitful harvest.
- 3/4 teaspoon Myrrh Essential Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of Vetivert Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Oakmoss Essential Oil
Put this in a small dark bottle. When you go to tend your plants, plant or harvest, add 6 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil (I love jojoba, but oilive oil works great in this case) and anoint yourself. This will help you get in tune with the energies of the Earth and assure success in tending your garden.
Blessings from the Hearth,