New Spring Gardening Classes

Just in time for spring, we have an exciting new lineup of Gardening classes:

tulip-690320_640Introduction to Magickal Gardening
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong” [ Contact this Instructor ]
Class Description: There are magickal lessons that can only be learned through the experience of planting, nurturing, and harvesting food and herbs for the sustenance of your body and spirit. If you have any space at all in your back yard that can be turned into a garden, this class is for you! Successful completion of this class is contingent upon three exercises (graded by essay tests) and a multiple choice final exam. An optional extra credit assignment is also offered.
Required Materials: Shovel & Spading Fork; Steel Rake, Hoe, Trowel, Garden Hose, Gloves, and (optional) Pickax – more details in Introduction.
Estimated Completion Time: About 3 months
Prerequisites: Introduction to Gardening: Land and Spirit.
Safety Precautions: None.

Gardening 201: Miniature Magical Gardens
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong”
Class Description: You do not need an enormous yard, a perfect body, or abundant funds in order to enjoy gardening. Instead, you will create a miniature magical garden suited to your needs and resources. Learn about raised beds, windowboxes, hydroponics, and other garden types; and explore related magical techniques. This class is suitable for Wizards with limited space, mobility, and/or budget.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard A digital camera (or film camera and scanner) is strongly recommended so you can submit photos of your garden.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: Introduction to Magickal Gardening
Safety Precautions: None.

Kitchen Witchery 301: Magick with Herbs
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong”
Class Description: This class is designed to acquaint you with the magickal properties of some easily obtainable herbs. We will explore the folklore and traditional magickal uses for a number of kitchen herbs, and you will be given examples of traditional folk spells which feature these herbs. Your main work will be to try out six of the many sample spells listed in the class materials and send me a written report of what you tried and how it worked.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month.
Prerequisites: Safety & Herb Use required
Kitchen Wizardry: Not required but highly recommended.
Safety Precautions: None

Tree Medicine, Magick and Lore
Level: 3
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong”
Class Description: In this class we embark together upon a journey into the kingdom of the trees. You will learn more about the trees in your backyard, and about trees that dwell deep in the forest. You will learn how the ancient Celts and Druids used trees for herbal healing and magic. It is my goal that you never again take the trees for granted. They are a reservoir of health, holiness, healing, and happiness for everyone on our planet.
Required Materials:
Hopman, Ellen Evert, A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine, Destiny Books, Rochester, VT 2008
Estimated Completion Time: none noted
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None

Magickal Master Gardener
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong”
Class Description:
You may have seen Master Gardeners at your local hardware store or nursery. They are knowledgeable people who are there to help people who aren’t as knowledgeable with their gardening needs. So what is a Magickal Master Gardener and how do you become one? This class leads you through creating a magickal garden and, on the way, learn what it is like to be a Magickal Master Gardener
Due to the nature of this class, you may only sign up for this class just before or during the growing season in your area. (March to September in northern latitudes; September to March in southern latitudes; any time in equatorial latitudes)
Required Materials:
Wand, a place for the garden (either a plot of land or containers), plants, tools, camera (and ability to submit the photos)
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 months
Prerequisites:
Introduction to Gardening: Land and Spirit; Green Magick 101 recommended
Safety Precautions: Be careful.

Gardening 601: Thematic Gardens
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong”
Class Description:
**One key to effective garden design is the concept of themes. This class explains how to design a garden based on a central idea. The two examples included are a Moon Garden and a Healing Garden.
Required Materials: Companion for the Apprentice Wizard You need a bit of space to grow one modest-sized garden, preferably outdoors but you can grow a container garden indoors if necessary. Expect this to take 2-3 months. You may choose either theme or design your own. You’ll need suitable gardening tools and a camera (digital, or film with a scanner) to take snapshots. You will also be keeping a Garden Journal, and a paper one will be more convenient than electronic for this Class; plus pencils or pens in assorted colors.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 months.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Magickal Gardening
Safety Precautions: None noted

Gardening 602: Compost
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Department: Wortcunning
Instructor: “KatyRavensong” [ Contact this Instructor ]
Class Description: Compost harnesses the power of beneficial decay to turn botanical waste into new, rich soil. Learn how the cycle works, what materials to use, and some composting methods. Finished compost can be used to feed plants, improve garden soil, or combine with other ingredients for potting mix. This Class covers compost materials and methods suited for all ranges of budget, physical fitness, and urban/rural spaces. So come dig in!
Required Materials:
Students will need access to some botanical waste for composting (kitchen scraps, grass clippings, leaves, etc.) plus suitable tools, container(s), and space for their chosen method of composing. Gloves are recommended for all activities involving compost materials. A camera and a means of transmitting pictures are also required.
Estimated Completion Time: 1-3 months
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions:
Some compost methods require a substantial amount of physical activity and/or the use of large garden tools. Use common sense and take care of yourself. Youth students will benefit from parental supervision for some compost methods. Anyone with an allergy to mold or pollen might not be comfortable working with compost. A filter mask or a filtered bucket may help protect against allergens. When working with decomposing materials, it’s a good idea to wear gloves and/or to wash your hands after working with compost.