Gardening with Crystals is nothing new with Native American shamans and others from around the world using gemstones for gardening for thousands of years. Different crystals represent the four elements of earth, air, fire and water which is believed to add balance and harmony to the garden. Representing the four elements is important when designing a Zen or meditation garden. Crystals come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures. You might use a small crystal in a birdbath, succulent container gardens, fountain or fairy gardens. Large crystals can be placed throughout the garden or used to mark out garden beds or trails. You might even find a butterfly using the shiny reflective surface of a crystal to help warm themselves and dry the dew off their wings just as they do with gazing balls.
Another way to use crystals is to add an antique crystal chandelier, or lamp shade hung from overhangs, tree limbs, or pergolas, when the sun hits them, you'll get colorful rays of light throughout. When gardening with crystals the stones can be planted in the soil next to or underneath the plant roots, or they can also be displayed on the soil surface next to the plant. The following are just some of the crystals you might use in your garden.
Citrine. This crystal can be found in shades of gold, orange and yellow; this stone symbolizes the energy of the sun. Citrine is available in clusters, small or large singular pieces or chips; it helps to add a happy accent to beds or containers. It promotes happiness and dispels toxins and negativity.
Clear Quartz. This quartz crystal is one of the most common gemstones available. Clear Quartz crystals are available in small or larger pieces and can be singular or clustered, rough or polished. They can be either clear or cloudy glassy surface which easily reflects sunlight, sometimes casting rainbow reflections. Clear Quartz may help tomato plants resist pests and disease, to include blight.
Green Adventurine. This crystal ranges in color from light green to dark green. All variations of the green color are vibrant. Use smaller Green Adventure stones as fill for bird or butterfly baths, fountains and container gardens. It also provides a less expensive alternative to jade for bonsai or Zen gardens. Green aventurine helps to calm stress and absorb negativity. It can also aid new plantings and help to reduce transplant shock.
Malachite. This green crystal represents abundance and fertility. It promotes new growth and transformation when added to a garden. It has veins of different deep, shades of green. Large raw pieces of Malachite make great garden accents.
Moonstone. This clear to cloudy white crystal is associated with the moon. It makes an excellent addition to moon gardens, especially when they are accentuated with landscape lighting. Moonstone crystals promote health and fertility. It adds the energy of peace and relaxation.
Moss Agate. This crystal is known as the gardener’s stone. It is a light green colored stone that is beautiful whether it's polished or not. It promotes a connection to the earth and also has grounding energies. Moss Agate adds balance, promotes health and vitality in the garden. It can be found in small to large pieces, and usually comes in a rock shape. Use small polished pieces or chips as accents in cacti, succulent or fairy gardens.
Rhyolite. This colorful crystal has blotches and streaks of brown, gold, green, orange, gray, and more. You'll find different variations of the crystal found in different regions around the world. In the garden, it adds energies of balances, fortitude, and perseverance.
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