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August in the garden

At the time of writing this article, I thought how quickly we have entered another of the Earths cycle of celebration. This day August 1st is known as Lammas in both pre and post Christian times.

Lammas is the Summers height and the celebration of the grain harvest, the first grain harvest of the year and grain from this was baked into loaves and then the loaves split into four pieces and a piece put in each of the four corners of the barn to protect the rest of the harvested grain.

In pre-supermarket days this harvest hopefully provided food that would sustain families throughout the winter but also the seed,which will grow again in the spring to bring the following years harvest.

What is also happening at Lammas that concerns us modern day gardeners, foragers and like-minded people is if you hadn’t already worked it out, is that the sun’s energy begins to wane and with this we will have learnt what has grown and what not grown successfully in our gardens and from experience there are always more delights than disappointments.

At this time of year you can start making Smudge Sticks. Smudging is a traditional way of cleansing and clearing energy. A bundle of dried herbs are lit and blown out and the glowing embers are blown on so that it smoulders and smokes. The smoke is then wafted around a space to clear away any negative energy.

They can be made of mixed bundles of herbs or a single herb. The herbs most commonly used are as follows Mugwort and Wormwood these bring clarity and insight, Coltsfoot and Mullein which give off a smoke that is beneficial to the lungs, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme aromatic herbs that have a lot of oil in their leaves, burn well and smell good.

To make these smudge sticks cut the herbs the day before you need them, they wilt overnight and are easier to bind the next day. Tie the stems together using natural material such as hemp string, cotton or raffia. Leave so long lengths of thread. Using one the threads wrap the bundle of herbs as tightly as you can as you wind down to the bottom of the bundle and back up again. Tie it off at the top and then do the same with the other length and tie it off again making a hanging loop.

Finally hang in a warm dry place to completely dry out before use.
 

Until next time Good Gardening

 

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