La’au Lapa’au | Southwest Herb Gardening: What To Plant In June, and Watering In June

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

We recommend most plants be planted in the fall or spring. However, if you must plant during the summer months watering may need to be more frequent and you must be diligent about observing your newly planted plants for signs of water stress. Follow the guidelines in the Watering section.

Many cacti and warm-season succulents can still be planted in the summer. When transplanting cacti and succulents, mark either the south or west side and plant facing the orientation you marked to avoid the burning of tender tissues. Most nurseries will mark the side of the container to help you determine proper planting orientation. However, if the original orientation is not known, newly planted cacti and succulents need to be covered with shade cloth if the plant surface appears to yellow or pale suddenly. Use a shade cloth rated between 30-60% as anything higher will block most of the sunlight and…

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La’au Lapa’au | Southwest Herb Gardening: June In The Low Desert

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

June in the low desert is generally the driest and hottest month. Desert gardeners often must begin their garden activities in the early morning or at sunset to avoid the intense sunlight. Plants must endure the intense heat throughout the day. Many native and desert-adapted plants have numerous adaptations that enable them to live successfully in the desert, such as succulence, drought-deciduousness, and small leaves, to name a few examples. Even with these numerous adaptations, desert plants sometimes need a little help to keep them healthy and thriving in your garden. Native and desert-adapted plants that were newly planted and those that are not established in the landscape need to be watered until they become established in the landscape and can then survive with natural rainfall. Even established plantings will need an occasional supplemental watering during long periods of drought to keep them healthy and stress-free.

Summer is the prime…

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Astrology | Mercury in Leo Retrograde alert

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

MERCURY enters LEO June 28-29 until September 5/6  Mercury spends 10 weeks bringing out heads and our hearts together. 


If you are traveling this summer planning weddings and parties or anything be aware of this and plan accordingly.

Mercury Turns Retrograde July 25/26 @ 23+ degrees LEO 

stations DIRECT August 18/19 @ 11+ degrees LEO

This means that all communications get snafu’d and travel plans go awry. Anything to do with computers cell phone etc. tends to screw up. Mercury Retrogrades are not all bad they just require reflection or time out to reconsider reëxamine relax all the Re- prefix things.

Don’t panic during any Retrograde planet time. It’s simply a rest period. 

” We are the champions.”

While Mercury is in Leo SAY IT LOUD SAY IT PROUD. MERCURY, God of messages, Magic, merchandise, tricksters, and thieves encourages our passions for communicating from our hearts. The…

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Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – The Sun – Friday, June 29, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Here comes the Sun! After all of the weighty energy of the Full Moon in Capricorn conjunct Saturn in Capricorn, it is time to lighten up and go have some good, old-fashioned fun! When the Sun returns, it is indicative of good favor from the Universe. The Moon will be void-of-course ALL day before its entrance into the sign of Aquarius tomorrow, so less serious times are begging to be had. Unless it is a project already begun, today is a day best left for relaxing and enjoying life.

In the Northern Hemisphere, for many, today kicks off a very lengthy 4th of July holiday, as many will take advantage and celbrate through the 8th if they can. The weather promises to be hot with the Sun blazing, and Summer in full swing. Should you be elsewhere, and experiencing Winter, I do hope the Sun is shining its life-giving…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 29, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 29, 2018 — anuggaha — “taking up”, compassion, love for, kindness, assistance, help, favor, benefit

Tasseva tena pāpiyo,
yo kuddhaṃ paṭikujjhati.
Kuddhaṃ appaṭikujjhanto,
saṅgāmaṃ jeti dujjayaṃ.

The worse of the two is one,
who, when abused, retaliates.
One who does not retaliate,
wins a battle hard to win.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.188
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika


“To the Mystic, prayer is a meeting of the minds. It is not an occasion for personal petitioning, but for spiritual communion. It is a time when the soul within us and the deepest and most inner parts of our being sacredly, sincerely, and quietly speak to God and express the deepest wishes of our hearts and minds.” — H. Spencer Lewis

La’au Lapa’au | Rosemary

The Wonky Pot Apothecary



Botanical Name:Rosmarinus officinalis.

Family: Lamiaceae

Common Names: Compass plant, compass weed, incensier, dew of the sea, polar plant, romero (Spanish), mi-tieh-hsiang (Chinese), rosmarin (Swedish).

Habitat: Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean countries, but is now grown worldwide as a spice and medicinal herb. The plant thrives best in a warm sunny climate.

Description: Rosemary is an evergreen shrub like plant that belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae). It can grow up to 2 meters (6 feet) high and the flowers are petite and pale blue that appear in slight clusters up the stems. The leaves are slender and look a lot like curved pine needles. They are green on top and gray beneath. The dried herb is brownish green in color.

Plant Parts Used: Leaves, flowers, stems, branches. Commercially, the entire plant is used. An essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers by steam distillation.

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 28, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 28, 2018 — pharati — to pervade, permeate, fill, suffuse, (with mettā); to spread, make expand

Dunniggahassa lahuno,
Cittassa damatho sādhu,
cittaṃ dantaṃ sukhāvahaṃ.

Wonderful it is to train the mind,
so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants.
Good is it to have a well-trained mind,
for a well-trained mind brings happiness.

Dhammapada 3.35
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Card of the Day – Queen of Cups – Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Full Moon blessings to all! Today is our annual Full Moon in Capricorn, and we are officially in Eclipse season #2 of 2018. Who here is breathing a sigh of relief that today’s card is NOT the Queen of Swords? She always seems to be a regular player around both New and Full Moons. Note that the astrology of this Full Moon has the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Saturn in Capricorn (Saturn rules Capricorn); this can be a weighty energy, and with Mars newly retrograde you could be feeling all types of emotions.

Enter our Queen of Cups; generally, she is the calm, cool, and collected Queen. Her kindness and compassion is admired by all, and she is a beacon of light for many amidst stormy surroundings. Know that this energy surrounding the Full Moon will indeed pass, but that the next eight to ten weeks will probably leave…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 27, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 27, 2018 — appamāṇo — without measure, immeasurable, endless, boundless, limitless

Atītaṃ nānvāgameyya,
nappaṭikaṅkhe anāgataṃ;
yadatītaṃ pahīnaṃ taṃ,
appattañca anāgataṃ

The past should not be followed after,
and the future not desired;
what is past is dead and gone,
and the future is yet to come.

Majjhima Nikāya 3.272
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – 7 of Cups – Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Today we have the privilege of seeing another card from the upcoming deck, Whispering Spirits, from Joanna Nelson Studio. This 7 of Cups reminds me of tomorrow’s Full Moon in Capricorn and the Moon card itself. In some ways, this card is somewhat a lower octave of the Moon card, whereas it represents confusion and fears, the 7 of Cups can represent confusion, disillusionment and choices.

Things right now may not appear as they truly are. There may be smokescreens everywhere designed to prevent you from getting to the truth. I want to say proceed with caution, as there may be those who are trying to pull the wool over your eyes. The 7 of Cups is a good indicator that there are phonies, those who wear masks, and do not reveal their true selves. This can apply on so many levels. Since we are entering a time which places…

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Astrology | Full Capricorn Honey Rose Moon June 27/28

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

The CAPRICORN Full Moon is hard as a rock covered in Honey. The natives named this the Honey Moon Rose Moon, Flower Moon or Strawberry Moon, and the Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night’s Moon from the Southern Hemisphere – and look in the moon’s glare for a starlike point. That point is a planet, Saturn. MARS is also at its brightest having just turned Retrograde. 

Capricorn Astrology Tara Greene

As seen from the entire Earth, the terrible duo-the two most malefic planets traditionally will climb highest up for the night around midnight and will sit low in the west at dawn on June 28 and 29.

Saturn is opposed to Sun and conjunct the Moon. Full Moon is exact at 6 degrees CAPRICORN June 27 @ 9:52 pm PDT/ June 28 @ 4:52 am GMT 

Mars has just turned Retrograde at 9 Aquarius for the next two months.

Saturn the Moon and…

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Astrology | Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century is just a month away. The total phase of the “blood moon” eclipse of July 27 will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, during which Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color.  […]

Source: Blood Moon 2018: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Occurs July 27