Category: The Idun Project
By Jennifer H AOR
Self Reliance is one of our NNV. We can be self reliant in any number of areas. However, I would like to take a moment to speak with you about the importance of self reliance in one of the most basic areas of humans existence. Food.
by Hengest OR
I have not posted about my allotment since Jim C wrote a report about it way back in August 2010 so I thought I would share some of what I have learned in that time.
Our ancestors were not just warriors – in fact many people mistakenly believe Odinism to be purely a warrior religion. Although there is a strong warrior aspect to Odinism, one of the key areas in which our ancestors thrived was in agriculture.
Members of the OR met up on Sunday 22nd August to help Hengest clear his new allotment and ready the plot for propagation. If you’ve never rented an allotment before, then you have no idea how much blood sweat and tears it takes to knock an overgrown and neglected plot into shape. My blistered hands and aching body are witness to how much work we did.
Kris AOR brings us the third report on his allotment venture, and discusses some of the problems he has had with potato blight, a rather stubborn weed called ‘Horse Tail’, and of course the age-old foe of the gardener – the slug. He also talks of the successes of his broad beans, and describes efforts to increase and support biodiversity on his plot.
Hail the Growers!
This first report by Jim charts his initial progress and thoughts about his newly acquired allotment, and shows that extensive gardening experience is not a prerequisite for such a venture – all you need is enthusiasm, respect for the soil and faith in Nature.
In this article I want to take a look at what sort of crops can be sown towards the back end of a year and into the early months. It’s also a good idea to take a look at what can go straight into the ground from the bag and what benefits from a head start by being propagated in a green house. Note that I am only looking at crops that can be started in a green house and then transplanted outside. I will address crops that can be grown in a green house all year round later on (if I have any actual experience of doing this).
In this article I want to look at winter preparation for the coming year. It might seem plausible that nothing much needs to be done in winter months and whilst the time needed to work on the land is considerably less there are still tasks that need addressing.
To start with I want to look at the art or science of compost making. A decent compost heap is really an essential item to have on any allotment, it provides a cheap and ready way to work fertiliser into the soil and is wholly organic. It also requires little effort on your part, the natural process of decomposition, not to mention the variety of creatures from microbes to worms that live within a compost heap, do most of the work for you.