Manifesting Plants for Your Garden or Food Forest

I write a lot about gardening and a lot about manifestation, but not too often do I combine both topics into one post. Today, my back, David, and my friends have all banded together to tell me to take a BREAK from the yard work! Reluctantly, I’m listening. I’ve spent much of this morning daydreaming on the BioMat, have a light load of sessions this afternoon, and then I get to harvest some of the fruits of my daydreaming.

Yep! Daydreaming brings results. 🙂

In light of our overabundance of dandelions — the harvesting of which is one of the reasons for my lower back needing a break — I decided to “call in” some other aggressive plants. Mints, wildflowers, nettles, chamomile … I’ll let them all duke it out with the current weedy residents for more biodiversity. I have several successful ways of calling in plants, so I thought I’d share some of the easiest methods here.

1) Talk about your garden and enthusiasm for growing food. To strangers, to friends, to relatives. One person’s weed is another’s harvest, and I’ve had friends offer me raspberry and blackberry canes, elder trees, thyme and lemon balm, just because I happened to mention these in conversation.

2) Post on Freecycle.org. I put a list of “troublesome” plants I’m courting, such as echinacea, yarrow and various mints. I specifically asked if anyone needed to thin theirs, since medicinal herbs can outgrow their welcome. Sure enough, I’ve had people respond with offers of chocolate mint, spearmint, yarrow, hyssop, echinacea and more, all free for the taking. I’m cheating on my gardening break today to walk five blocks to pick up a whole bunch of starts from our neighborhood plant lady. This turns out to be the same wonderful woman who gifted me indoor houseplants last winter, including ivy, African violet, and jade, to go along with some other donations of spider plants. All free. All helpful to the ones giving, since they needed to prune or otherwise thin their growth.

3) Tune in to the plant spirits and ask them to join you. I actually do this prior to taking any other tangible action. Sometimes you don’t even need to involve other people. Recently, I tuned in to chickweed, because I love it. Even though it had come out over a month ago at the Farmer’s Market, it suddenly appeared yesterday on the shady side of our yard. I’ve had similar luck with other plants like purslane, tulips, daffodils and ferns either spontaneously growing on our property or bringing some person to me as their intermediary.

4) These same methods work for other garden supplies and bugs, too. I’ll be picking up two giant tomato cages later this week, because they’re just taking up room in someone’s basement. Last year, I manifested three tomato cages in Madison, releasing them from another person tired of tripping over them in her garage. I’ve already seen numerous ladybugs here for aphid patrol, and last year, I made friends with some wasps who carefully protected my plants from harmful bugs as well as a careless neighbor who had previously mowed over my elder tree. Those wasps sent him on his way, pronto, and he gave my garden a wide berth! They never stung me, though.

5) Replant your groceries. I’ve done this with celery, green onions and garlic, but, apparently, people have had success with all sorts of things, including parsnips for growing parsley (and parsnips), potatoes, Romaine lettuce and more.

6) Save seeds from organic produce you consume. This one’s less reliable because if your food comes from a hybrid plant (still grown organically), then you might wind up with something very different than you expect. Still, surprises can delight and inspire.

7) Keep your eyes and ears peeled for plant swaps. We had one here in Goshen on May 4, but I didn’t have anything to offer besides dandelions and wild violets, which most people already have. One peramculture farm in Australia recently hosted a plant swap and had over 300 attendees! You never know what you’ll score when you encounter a creative group of plant lovers.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Hi. I have manifested trees, shrubs, and plants numerous times. I started doing this about 5 years ago.

    The first thing I manifested was Coltsfoot. I saw a beautiful array of it on a hill side and stopped my vehicle and said to myself, “What is that?” Then out loud I said,”Wow, it would be awesome if I had that in my garden; you’re beautiful!”

    About one month later a single Coltsfoot appeared near my horse pasture. I promptly transplanted it in one of my shade gardens and now have 100’s of them.

    I have also done this with a mulberry tree, black walnut trees, elderberry bushes, parslane, and pokeberry bushes.

    I love to garden. This year was very wet, so I invited parslane into my vegetable garden. It’s a succulent and helps absorb excess water; plus it’s quite tasty. I had a bumper crop of it and it did it’s job; it save my garden from the excess water we received from the rains this year. Other people totally lost their gardens due to the heavy rains, but mine was bountiful. Thank you my beloved friends. 🙂

    Each plant has a soul, just as we do. When love is expressed they are more than willing to join a “like” energy.

    Your “Elemental” friend, Diane

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  2. I love these stories! Thanks so much for sharing them here. Many blessings, Laura

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