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... Sharing my late Yule purchase for the arrival of Spring or Imbolg in 2018...
... Updating and servicing any garden tools at least once a year is a good habit to make. For me late winter or late Yuletide is the best time for me to do such things. That said, throughout the year I do keep a constant eye out for things I can upcycle, reclaim or score free, instead of buying new stuff all the time. I got this box of goodies on the cheap online from Big W of all places in Australia. From chapter 'Vegan permaculture'
What’s in the Boax Haul;
Heavy duty spray bottle with carry strap and adjustable hose/ends
This Spring I finally got around to buying a constant pressured spraying bottle with carry strap and adjustable hose/nozzle. All though I don’t use commercial pesticides I do use the natural pesticide equivalents, often DIY formulas, having a sprayer like this makes light work of the task. Pumpkin patches get pretty big and if you don’t have natural pest control with natural predators set up yet then spraying the underside and top of a pumpkin patch can be a major chore with a small spray bottle. That’s where something like this saves a heck of alot of time and in spraying even the smallest of patches, without kinking your neck looking down for long periods of time.
Stainless steel weeding stick
This 1 foot weeding stick helps to pull unwanted weeds straight from their root even from the most hardened or clay soils such as mine. It’s important to be vigilant about manually removing unwanted weeds on the daily early on. Many weeds bring with them opportunistic pests including Aphids that are farmed by ants as an example and strangle out the ability of plant diversity from establishing. Just make sure that you’re fixing and feeding the soil in lieu of removing the weeds which in a way are trying to fix the soil. Personally some weeds like Dandelion I allow to sprout up everywhere for their soil benefits and do use the plant itself in my wicthcrafting practice, occasionally.
These things are handy for scooping out soil from deep bags and are sturdy. What I like about the narrowness of this scoop is that it makes pouring soil into narrow spaces and even small pots easy. Being long, it also holds quite a bit at any given time when the soil is scooped up.
Garden kneeling pad with steel arms
Kneeling on concrete driveways, bricked paves and rough mulch can play havoc on your knees, especially in cold temperatures and kneeling pads are good for this reason. However they are not always big enough or waterproof. Then after kneeling for a period of time, the circulation to one’s legs can die off some. For me I struggle without something to hold onto to get back up with the pins I have in my hip joint holding things together after surviving that road attack in 2012. So this kneeling pad is perfect for me with its tall steel handles.
I’m able to grip both handles and to press myself up with my upper arm strength opposed to stressing my hip and the knee on the same side which was also damaged from the same incident. With permanent injuries like this one finds that entering and leaving certain posture exasperates any ailment due to the collapsing of one side or compensation which then causing more injury or disorder later on. Modalities such as this kneeling pad gives one the opportunity to get up evenly without compensating both balance including in physical unilateral compensation.
Stainless steel Nozzle and hose gun
Basically whenever and wherever you can buy stainless steel hose fittings for longer wear which means less plastic in land fill. They cost more and one may be strapped for cash as I was at the time but are worthwhile investments for when you can get around to getting them. I have had my eye on getting a stainless steel hose itself at some point in order to stop going through the normal hoses and will share it when I get around to purchasing one. On this topic, it’s essential to have a hose wheel to help the hose last longer itself. Hose wheels also mean less clutter and tripping over hose lengths especially in the dark.
Permaculture Principles Used here;
About European Imbolg and Spring
Imbolg or Spring is ethnically European and also referred to as in the belly (Imbolg means in the belly in Gaelic) representing the beginning gifts spring being birthed beneath the grounds and so forth. The Gaelic festival of bringing in the spring is also referred to as Imbolc, marking springs arrival and the star of the snows’ melt. The date of Imbolc has been significant from at least what is referred to as the Neolithic period in Ireland.
Imbolg or Imbolc has nothing’ to do with candle-mas. Candle-mas is an appropriation from more modern eras introduction and takeover of the Abrahamic religion of Christianity into Europe which also appropriates the Goddess symbols of the season both Germanic and Ghaul/Gaels. Americans brought the traditions with them in the new land of North America with an Imbolg tradition called Groundhog day in weather divination.
By Druid & Witch of the old ways,
And Priestess of the Morrigan, Ravenmor Fox
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August 27th 2018-08-27
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