Litha is the perfect time of year to start a garden. Whether you live on a sprawling property or in a small apartment with window sills, adding plants is a wonderful way to connect with Mother Nature. Here are my 5 must have plants for your Litha garden.
Nothing compares to growing food for your family. I started my garden with one tomato plant in a pot. I was fresh out of college. My only gardening knowledge was what I had learned from my Grandmother. Even so, that little plant produced delicious tomatoes. To me, it was magic.
Tomatoes are associated with the element water. Since tomato plants require six to eight hours of sunlight every day, they require quite a bit of water. For best results, water the base of the plants instead of the leaves.
There are a seemingly endless variety of tomato plants available. My favorite is Roma because it makes the best sauce.
Summer squash are my favorite vegetable. They are so versatile as well as easy to grow. I always plant zucchini and straight neck yellow squash. Squash are associated with the element fire. They resonate with spiritual energy.
Summer squash are delicious sauteed, fried or baked. Zucchini bread is particularly tasty. Spiralized zucchini noodles are a low carb alternative to regular pasta.
But always be on the lookout for squash bugs. They always find my garden at some point. However, I use diatomaceous earth and complimentary plants to deter them.
Marigolds are associated with protection and dreams. They are bright and cheerful flowers. There are several varieties of marigolds. Be sure to check the plant height listed on the seed packets. A few years ago, I found a really good end of season sale on marigold seeds. Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying enough attention at the time. Imagine my surprise when what I thought were dwarf marigolds grew over four feet tall!
Marigolds have a distinct and pungent smell. I have grown to like it, but I am the only one here who does. That strong smell works to keep pests away from your other plants. I always plant marigolds between my tomato plants.
Marigolds are associated with the element fire. Certain varieties are edible, but honestly I have never eaten them. However, I have used dried marigolds in my scrapbooks and soaps.
My favorite herb is basil. It loves the heat of summer. I don’t remember ever having a basil plant that failed to thrive. Basil is associated with the element fire. It promotes love, wealth and protection. I don’t know about your household, but we can use as much of those as we can get.
In my opinion, basil has the most delicious smell. Fresh basil also makes delicious pesto sauce. For maximum flavor, harvest the leaves before the plants flower.
I only began growing sunflowers a few years ago. However, they quickly won my heart. They are a bright and happy flower. Sunflowers promote success, health and protection. They also repel tomato worms and aphids. The only downside that I have found is that the giant varieties do require additional support when fully grown.
Sunflowers are associated with the element fire. In the past, women ate sunflower seeds when trying to conceive. Harvesting and roasting your own sunflower seeds is both fun and rewarding.
What are your top 5 must have plants for your Litha garden? I would love to know. Leave your list in the comments below.
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