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Building a Hügelkultur: A First Attempt Guide

Spring is coming, I can feel it in my bones, which means it’s a good time to prepare my raised beds! Hence my impulse driven project of chopping up my Christmas tree and building a hügelkultur as dusk started to fall.

For those who don’t know, a hügelkultur is a German permaculture-esque practice of burying logs and branches with compost to create a raised bed. As the wood decomposes, it releases water and nutrients that the plants can easily access, meaning you don’t have to fertilize or water as often. Sustainability rocks!


Step 1: Dig a big hole. I’m doing this in raised bed boxes, but you can do it anywhere.

Step 2: Lay a bed of logs and branches, logs on the bottom, branches on top. Make sure you have a decent layer, branches like to spring but the woody material is what holds all the good stuff. I’m only using the branches, since the trunk of the tree is going to be firewood, but this has been done with full trees. Like, full maples. Big ass trees.


Step 3: Organic material! Kitchen scraps, partially decomposed compost, garden cuttings. I have a camellia that drops it’s flowers all over my pathway, so I was able to use those and do a bit of witchcraft while building this thing.


Step 4: Brown material! All those dried leaves, the soggy mess from your gutters, all of it. Plop on top.


Step 5: Cover it all up with a layer of fully composted material and the soil you dug out when you made that big hole.

This raised bed will be decomposing for several years, and as it decomposes, the soil will get richer and richer. As it is, it’s a really soft and springy bed, great for root systems.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this guide!

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Kitchen Witch Tip🥄🍳

Keep your cooking in oil(i.e. olive, canola, vegetable, etc.) a squirt bottle. That way when you’re prepping your pans for sautéing or cooking you can draw out sigils or bindrunes before hand to infuse your cooking with your desired intention. You can even use specific oils to further your intention.💫

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I'm glad to see you're learning about witchcraft! Good luck on your journey!

Thank you! I’m just kinda dabbling, I guess. Though it’s something I’ve read about and dabbled in off-and-on for years now. But I’ve been much more “into” my paganism and such lately. :) 

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How does one become a village hearth witch? I would love to begin on that journey! It seems like it would be my cup of tea! Any starters or pointers? Thank you! 😃😃

Ah. 😅 They’re two separate things, I just like to condince it down. I call myself a hearth witch because a lot of my life revolves around a hearth/fen deity plus I spend about six hours a day minimum doing magic that could typically done over an open fire like making candles, cooking, baking, and then weaving and such. I’m a village witch because I actively stay involved with my community? I put a lot of my time and resources into volunteering and donating to good after school programs for the youth, etc. I stay up to date on local folklore and town history. The majority of my practice and life is from locally grown and harvested produce. I hand make just about everything I can. I stay educated on local politicians, political issues, definitely be active in voting. I do a lot of research on my cultural as well and bring it into the community and use it to help others(when applicable).

I think the biggest thing is being active and helpful in your community, using what you know as a hearth witch and about the area to help others. So be up to date on local shelters, free food, food pantry’s, community events, etc. I don’t know it’s something I’ve recently coined myself as. Good luck.

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Do you cast spells for money? I need help finding a new job.

I do, in my local area. If someone around here needs work done, house cleansing, protective talismans, ect. I’ll gladly work with them. Sometimes I accept money, sometimes I accept payment in food or trade. I don’t offer online services other than the occasional talisman for sale but it is very rare for me to do that. This kind of goes back to my localized focus, but also I’m not much of a business person. 
If you need help finding a job make sure you are applying to as many jobs as possible, brushing up on your resume, and going into each interview confidently. Magically, appeal to your ancestors to help you gain the attention of employers and ace interviews. Ancestors are actively invested in your success in a way that other spirits simply are not. Lighting a candle and giving some simple offerings while placing your resume under the candle. 

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