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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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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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Fruit Tree Propagation

Fruit Tree Propagation

There’s an old saying that goes something like “The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago, the second best time in today!”  Productive, healthy fruit and nut trees are a must for the modern homesteader.  The next question is how to afford all of those trees.  Well the good folks over at Deep Green Permaculture put together a nice article on the ins and outs of fruit tree propagation I thought you all might enjoy!  Ever wonder…

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DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

We’re experimenting with sprouted barley fodder as a feed supliment for our grassfed cattle and pastured dairy production on the homestead this winter.  We’re calling this fodder system 0.7, and there’s already improvements in the works for the upgrade!  Any how enjoy the tour of our current fodder  setup, and let me know in the comments section or email me ( dave@traditionalcatholichomestead.com ) if you would like a more in depth post on the specifics of how to build this…

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Milking Parlor Tour….

Milking Parlor Tour….

January 2017 milking parlor tour!  Our pastured dairy journey continues…. and a rundown of our milking procedure…. This is just a temporary structure to get us through until we design a permanent facility. Enjoy, share with your friends and have a joyous New Year!

Preserving the Harvest: Fermented Garlic

Preserving the Harvest: Fermented Garlic

Garlic is one of those homestead staples that goes in just about everything around our place so we grow quite a bit.  With this season’s garlic harvested, cured, and next season’s planted it seemed like it was time to do something with last season’s leftovers.  We had a pretty good crop last year so when harvest time came around this year we still had a bunch of garlic left over.  We took out all of the bulbs that were still…

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Pasture Based Dairy….

Pasture Based Dairy….

So we’re trying to figure out if pastured dairy is not only doable, but economically viable on our homestead.  Like so many of the other experiments on our place our primary goal is to provide for our family the absolute best tasting, most nutritionally dense, and uterly healthy food posible.  Secondary to that goal is minimizing inputs (financial, labor, etc.) while maximizing outputs….basic frugality and convenience.  Enter our pasture based livestock production! Grass grows pretty good here, heck you can’t…

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American Milking Devon Cattle…Profile of A Traditional Homestead Cow

American Milking Devon Cattle…Profile of A Traditional Homestead Cow

  I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on this yet or not, but I am a big believer that everything on the homestead should be performing more than one function.  From plants, to people, to livestock if you’re only providing for one function on the farm, well then you’re just slacking.   Everyone must pull their weight!  This brings to mind the traditional role of cattle on the farm.   A family cow is just one of those iconic images that spring immediately…

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