Friday, 22 September 2017

A happy Eventide to you all!

The Jera rune - This is such an appropriate rune to symbolise the Eventide (equinox). The rune of the harvest and the cycle of the year, for now we reap what we sow. All the effort we made in the spring is rewarded.

The Eventide in named because it is just that - even! Equal day for night. Now, and for the rest of the year, we see the return of darkness - time to enjoy the fruits of our labours!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Today I had the unpleasant task today of dispatching one of my chickens. My children called her 'henny' and I've had her (an orange Mille Fleur d'Uccle Bantam) for well over nine years - a very long time for a small bantam breed. I keep a small flock of about 5-7 birds for eggs. I have bred Wyandotte's in the past, and if anyone was thinking about getting chicks for their small holdings or even gardens, Wyandotte's are an excellent choice. Breeding chicks means my children have seen them from the very moment they hatch to the moment they die - the complete life cycle - which reinforces the understanding of what 'life' is. 

Killing is never a pleasant experience. I shoot rats around my neighbouring farm - and I hunt and fish for wild meat. But one thing I oppose is hunting for sport, the so called 'blood sports'.  And I absolutely oppose animal cruelty. It is absolute alien to both the National Socialist and Aryan worldview. I respect the fact that nature is structured within a food change. In fact the top five most intelligent species on Earth ALL EAT MEAT. It is also true at ALL LIFE IS MAINTAINED BY DEPRIVING OVERS FROM THEIRS. After all - fruit and veg are living things. But there is a huge difference between killing for food and killing for fun. It has also been proved beyond doubt that people who hurt and attack animals when young grow into adults who attack and abuse children in later life.

We eat to survive. Without hunting our ancestors would not have survived and our great race would not exist.

I have a sister who is vegetarian. I also have good friends who are too. Their reasons however are worlds apart. Whilst my sisters view came around as nothing more than a fashionable statement (after all she'd happily wear makeup tested on animals or eat Mcshit donalds, my friends object to modern day farming practises, to the mass production of animals, to the chemical additives put in our meat etc.   The latter ideas are something I can totally relate too. With all the additives in meat and milk it is not a bad idea to be a vegetarian in this 'chemical age'. 

One of the problems we face today is if we want to eat healthy we need to import expensive foods like avocados and the likes. The problem is these are not native and we create air pollution importing them. All this points to more reasons we need to take control of our own food production.

Eat what is in season.
Eat what is locally produced.
Eat organic food when you can.
Grow it yourself!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ethel Project

natural pest control

It really is not a good idea to use chemicals to control pests and weeds in the garden or veg plots. This causes a long term imbalance, starting with the soil - and eventually the chemicals will reach you via the food you eat.

The best and most natural way to control pests is to encourage predators into your garden. Last year I noticed I lost very few seedlings to slugs and snails. I use to have a length of wood across one patch which I use to walk across - and found that toads would hide beneath it. The toads would come out at night and eat the slugs. This year I'll provide as many mini habitats as possible for toads to hide under. 

 Even in the smallest of gardens or allotments, and a small pond - or even a bucket of water - will attract wildlife. Another idea would be to leave a square meter (or yard) of grass uncut allowing the grass to grow wild. These small acts help kick start a process of encouraging wildlife into the garden which will eventually encourage predators. Ideally toads, hedgehogs and slow worms are the critters you want to welcome. 

two broken 'rhino tubs' which filled with rain water - this is now full of life

in my polytunnel there are many toads hiding under pots and beneath grow bags

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hopefully you've all been busy outside, planting your seeds, feeding the soil, cutting firewood and foraging free and wild food!

Not everyone has green fingers, but I think everyone - especially those of us with children- who have space to grow should give it a go. 

Ideally you should be looking for heritage seeds - our North American friends call them Heirloom seeds so look out for these too. Heritage seed varieties have a long history and plants are often much closer related to their wild ancestors than the F1 hybrids.You can save the seed from a heirloom variety and they will regrow year after year.  And here is an important lesson - If you crossbreed them the strain is lost and the line destroyed. Many folk rightly seed save and seed share, thus the strain is protected. It is such a shame that the same principles are not applied to people! Why are people so ignorant to assume these simple laws of nature don't apply to us? Preserve your heritage!

Anyway, back to the seeds! I was in my local garden centre and I was very pleased to see them selling heritage plants, which makes planting even easier as they've already done the germination for you. So now there can be no excuses :)

Here are some tips for newbies.

If you are not sure how deep to plant a seed - plant the seed as deep into the soil as the size of the seed you have. So beans can be planted an inch or so under the soil. Fine seeds can be simply cast over the soil.

Water seeds planted in pots from above - but once they have germinated, place the pot into a tray and pour water into the tray so it soaks up from the bottom. Some plants stems rot easy when young.

Always say no to GMO.

Local and native varieties will always grow better in your patch.

You need bees and insects to pollinate your plants. No pollination - no food. Encourage bees so also plant bee friendly flowers. Save the bees not refugees.

Weeds can be a problem - however if your weed is edible or has health boosting properties, it isn't a weed - use it!    

Plant a fruit tree. Okay, it might take five years or more before you get fruit, but once you do, you'll get the best fruit every year for a very long time. A tree you plant will be a sacred thing. Use the wood to carve runes. Hang bird feeders from it and give a little back. 

top - this is whats left of my winter crops 
above - some of the heritage plants form a garden centre.