Urban Witch's Garden

I love spring. Every year my heart fills with bliss just thinking of its arrival. But this year I was sad. The closer it got the more depressed I became. And worse, I had no idea why. One night I was on the phone with my boyfriend, and all of the sudden, I started crying for no obvious reason.

“Babe, why don’t you plant your garden?” he said.

“What…?” His suggestion caught me by surprise. “You know I can’t plant a garden this year hun. Who’s going to take care of it when I go to see you?” I asked him, thinking about my frequent trips to Canada.

“But dear, you are so sad about it.” He pointed out. “It kills me. And… and I feel so damn guilty.”

I almost said you are guilty of nothing… then I stopped when I realized that he was right: I was miserable without my garden. But he was only half right, for it was not his fault. I was the only one to blame. I am an Eclectic Witch, so I should have known that my life without a garden would be like the world without spring.


Later that night I apologized to my boyfriend for my blindness. The next morning, I told one of my coworkers not to expect me back for lunch after my last appointment, because I was going to get some seeds.

“About time,” she shouted. “Maybe that will make you shut up about the freaking garden you don’t have.”

I just stared in shock, thinking did the entire world know?

A couple of hours later, I called a friend from my Drumming Circle to share the recent events. And his reaction gave my previous question an affirmative answer. Yes, the entire world knew. My friend and his wife had started a few extra tomato plants for me. They were just waiting for me “to snap out of it.”

I went to my friend’s house after work and then the real challenge began…

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I live in the city, but believe it or not, I have a yard. Nevertheless, I can’t plant anything in it because kids in my neighborhood are a bunch of little… creative minds, willing to destroy anything they see flourishing in the name of sick fun. But Nature will not be denied, especially if I give it a hand. So I decided to plant an Urban Witch’s Garden—right in my living room.

Today, my garden is thriving and I don’t even have to go outside to enjoy it. I love the fact that every morning I sit by the window, sipping my French vanilla coffee, in the middle of my garden.








I’m only growing a few plants, but that is more than enough for now. I love watching my tomato plant grow in front of my eyes—almost literally. I also have a few ornamental plants, plus a couple of herbs that complement my cooking and my spells. Last week, the rosemary complemented my chicken to perfection!

My Urban Witch’s Garden made me love spring all over again. Do you get any joy from growing things? Are you growing anything in your backyard? What about your porch? Or may be in your farm? Is there anyone else going wild in their living room?

The King of the Garden!


22 comments:

  1. I am growing tomato plants too, but there are no tomatos yet. And I placed gras seeds and a mix of flower seeds into an old huge pot and it grows. But it is all temporary as everything in life... it grows and then it dies.

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I love that your garden is in your living room. I wish more people would realize you don't have to have a lot of space to grow fresh, healthy food at home.

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  3. By the way I gave you an award on my blog. Pass it on if you want too but please don't feel obligated. Have a great day!

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  4. Noor-

    That is so cool that you are growing tomatoes too! Mmmm, grass and flowers in an old pot? I would lie to see a pic of that. I love to see things go wild in old raggedy planters with enough character to leave someone staring for hours.

    And you are right when you say that "all temporary as everything in life... it grows and then it dies", which is why we must enjoy life to the fullest and do all those great things that makes us grow. That way, when death comes to claim us it will be received as one more step in the circle of life.

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  5. Jennifer-

    You sure don't need a bunch of space, just a bit of determination and love for the process. Space has never been a problem for me when it comes to planting. Last year I lived in an apartment with a huge south window; I grew tomato, spinach, lettuce, beets... and a sweet arrangement of herbs.

    I love indoor container garden! I was really excited about planting outside this year, but you know what happened (those created young neighbors of mine changed my plans). But that is okay, I love watching TV next to my tomato ;)


    P.S. Thanks so much for my first award!

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  6. I have 3 small trees - apple, pear and plum its the 3rd year I will get fruit from the apple tree but the first for my pear tree and yet another fruitless year for the plum tree but I love it!
    Last year I grew some veg in pots, cucumber, caugettes, peas and they were all really lovely.
    This year though I'm just having the fruit from the fruit trees as me and my little boys are getting a section of the garden ready to use as a veg patch - nothing big as our back garden is tiny so we are using the side garden as we live in a house on the corner of the street so our side gaden is long and narrow - pretty perfect for a veg patch in it - hopefully we will get pumpkins, carrots, salad etc I'm excited just thinking about it! Ive never actually grown tomatoes but as a child I grew strawberries and they were very easy to grow!

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  7. Hi Pixie-

    I am so jealous! I remember when I live in the Dominican Republic and my house was surrounded by fruit trees: mangoes, coconut, oranges... and things that I don't even know how to say (or spell) in English lol. It was fun and tasty!

    It must be fun to grow things with your boys :) I expect to see some pictures soon ;)

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  8. Glad you got your garden, or sorts! Definitely sounds like gardening is very therapeutic for you.

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  9. Yaya-

    You have no idea! I love my plants and plants in general. They are just so easy to enjoy. They are always quite, but convey so much emotion. There is nothing like running for a few miles and laying on the grass at the end, under the shade of a tree that has seen years and years.

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  10. Your garden is beautiful! I love it! I especially love the tomato. I have had a deep love of tomato plants, especially the smell of tomato plants, since I was a kid and I used to help my dad grow them. Hubby buys me a tomato plant every spring.

    I'm so glad you have your garden now and are feeling better!

    As a sidenote: I've been commenting on your posts a lot since we started following, and I just now figured out why they haven't posted. I wish I could remember what all I had to say before . . . lol. Thanks for stopping by Cheap Wine and Cookies!!!

    I am gong to need to get more Marine details from you sometime soon . . . :-)

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  11. Amanda-

    Thanks so much! I'm quite partial to it too ;)

    That's so funny that you like how the tomato pant smells. I'm always sniffing the leafs too lol

    Sorry that your comment have posted :( Just keep on coming back and make it up to me *grin*

    And do let me know when you are ready to go to TBS. After spending a few years teaching in SOI, I might have a few tips ;)

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  12. The pictures are beautiful!
    I wish I had your green thumb ;-)

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  13. Coffee-addict,

    I like the pictures too. I swear that I've been asking people "You wanna see my tomato? It is so cute!" I do get funny looks when I ask the question, but I'm always so proud of the things I plant. It is so great to be able to assist Nature's work, even if it is just one tomato at a time ;)

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  14. Ahhh...Gardens!! Such special places...Watching the beginnings of the plants as they break through the surface of the ground...we have a 12' square plot with potatos, corn, beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, melons, and brussel spouts...love to watch them grow

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  15. Hi Magaly, I've really enjoyed your blog and will be back. I have a few vegetables in my garden but herbs must be my true love because they are taking over the space.

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  16. Judy, I'm so jealous! Your garden sounds like a dream, have fun watching it grow.

    Alchemiss, thanks for stopping by. I love herbs too, but for some reason it really hurts me to have to move and leave them behind ;( I don't feel the same about veggies. You just wait, as soon as I move to permanent place I'm going to plant the herb garden of my dreams!

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  20. Noor-

    That is so cool that you are growing tomatoes too! Mmmm, grass and flowers in an old pot? I would lie to see a pic of that. I love to see things go wild in old raggedy planters with enough character to leave someone staring for hours.

    And you are right when you say that "all temporary as everything in life... it grows and then it dies", which is why we must enjoy life to the fullest and do all those great things that makes us grow. That way, when death comes to claim us it will be received as one more step in the circle of life.

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  21. Coffee-addict,

    I like the pictures too. I swear that I've been asking people "You wanna see my tomato? It is so cute!" I do get funny looks when I ask the question, but I'm always so proud of the things I plant. It is so great to be able to assist Nature's work, even if it is just one tomato at a time ;)

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  22. Glad you got your garden, or sorts! Definitely sounds like gardening is very therapeutic for you.

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