Homesteading Must Have?—Scythes!!!

Homesteading Must Have?—Scythes!!!

The more I use the scythe the greater the appreciation I have for the versatility and tranquility of using this age old homestead standby.  I’m not talking that $5.00 yard sale find that looks like something from a grim reaper cartoon.  If you’re going to experiment with a scythe do yourself a favor and get one of the European or Austrian style scythes.  They’ll take a razor edge relatively easily and are feather weights compared to the more common American…

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Real Chocolate Pudding — Spirited Rose Homestead Dairy Farm

Real Chocolate Pudding — Spirited Rose Homestead Dairy Farm

Here’s a bit of homestead dairy goodness sourced from a farm here in the Inland Pacific Northwest that I thought I would share with you all!!!  Nothing satisfies that glut of milk that you get from a newly freshened Jersey quite like a delicious desert…. Did you grow up thinking pudding was something made from a box of powder found next to Jell-O in the grocery store, or maybe a single serving container from Kraft? I did too, but recently…

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Building Soil With the Help of Weeds

Building Soil With the Help of Weeds

There comes a time for anyone who manages any sort of land resource when the decision of what to do about unwanted or undesired plant growth (aka “weeds”) needs to be made.  There are a couple different schools of thought on the subject.  They essentially boil down to to camps…..you either address the symptoms  (i.e. spray, pull, or poison the weeds) or you address the problems (i.e. determine what is causing the weed infestation and rectifying that situation).  I personally tend…

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Why and When to Thin Your Apples….

Why and When to Thin Your Apples….

Well now that Spring has finally arrived up here on the homestead in North-Central Idaho the grass is growing and the apples are finally starting to bloom.  I don’t know about you but I’ve always kind of wondered how you can have so many apple blossoms and only have a few take hold and produce and actual apple!  Well here you go…..a beautiful explanation of the why, when, and how of thinning your apples………………….   I noticed one of the…

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TCP Repost-Music For the Month of May…

TCP Repost-Music For the Month of May…

Since May is the month that is devoted to the Mother of God, I thought it a great idea to provide another review on an album I have been listening to as of late. The album is entitled Sacred Songs Of Mary and was put out by Valley Entertainment. This is the same company that… via Music For The Month Of May – Sacred Songs Of Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

Comfrey Propagation Video (by Spirko)

Comfrey Propagation Video (by Spirko)

It’s getting to be that time of the year when things are really starting to thaw out up north here and getting out to work the land and gardens is beginning to become a very real possibility on the old homestead!  We are still a couple month shy of our last frost though so I really have to be careful not to get too ambitious.  That’s where planting and propagating some of the more hardy perennials can hold a guy…

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Homestead Homeschool

Homestead Homeschool

For a long time I’ve been trying to put together a solid post on what it’s like to be a homesteading homeschool family.  Well low and behold someone beat me to the punch and really kinda’ hit the nail on the head with some of the issues and drama that inevitably surround two highly time intensive lifestyles combined into one.  Any way while I continue to ponder how to most effectively portray our Homestead Homeschool I thought I would share…

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Forest Gardens

Forest Gardens

I stumbled on this fine example of what a forest type garden can look like.  With a little planning and properly timed disturbance this style of garden can be incredibly productive and requires little inputs.  This example is from across the “pond” in England… From the outset a forest garden is designed as a natural system. We provide the physical structure – various edible trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and some annuals – to make the best use of the…

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New Resource for Learning the Catholic Faith-Traditional Catholic Priest

New Resource for Learning the Catholic Faith-Traditional Catholic Priest

While many of the readers will already know about this, there are many people who read this blog that are not as steeped in tradition and they need a good starting point to learning the faith. There is an absolute trove of solid Catholic teaching on this website: https://sentrad.org. The talks/conferences are given by Fr. Chad… via Great Aid For Learning The Faith — Traditional Catholic Priest

Nourishing Traditional Diets-Weston A Price Foundation (Video)

Nourishing Traditional Diets-Weston A Price Foundation (Video)

Healthy, nutrient dense food is the cornerstone of good health. Our ancestors knew this and there is a lot that can be learned from the nutritional heritage of our ancestors. No one is a bigger advocate for educating and promoting these traditional diets than Sally Fallon-Morel of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Enjoy the full DVD presentation here…

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