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Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Here in the remote reaches of North-Central Idaho raising livestock, like chickens, pigs, sheep or even cattle can be quite the ordeal!  It is part of our moral responsibility to give our animals the best possible life until it comes time to harvest.  Each species requires different elements for them to express their unique God given pigness or cowness or chickness… or whatever, but one thing they all have in common is not being eaten or harassed by predators before…

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A Call to Catholic Rural Life

A Call to Catholic Rural Life

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, as good people were abandoning their rural roots for the city life, church leaders have been warning against the troubles of urban living and the problems that can come with disconnecting from the land.  One of our readers here at TraditionalCatholicHomestead.com  sent me a link to a beautiful Papal Encyclical from Pope Pius XII .  I like it so much that I thought I would share it with the rest of you (thanks PB), it…

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Catholic Prayer for Planting Crops

Catholic Prayer for Planting Crops

With Spring in full swing and the Easter season upon us the minds of many country folk are inevitably drawn to the seasonal rebirth of the land as it awakens from its winter dormancy.  I know some of you will already have your gardens and crops in full production mode, but we’re not so lucky up north here!  We’re still a month or so out from planting time (for the most cold tolerant and hardy crops), but the mind does…

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Sprouted Grain Chicken Ration (Video)

Sprouted Grain Chicken Ration (Video)

We’ve stopped feeding the ground, pelitized rations and switched to a predominantly sprouted feed protocol for all of our chickens (meat and layers) this winter.  I was tired of the prices for the industrial rations along with mysteries of what those mixes contain.  I shot a couple quick videos showing our fodder sprouting system along with a description of our total feed regimine.  Enjoy…

Perennial Homestead Gardens

Perennial Homestead Gardens

Perennial Crops for the Homestead & Beyond Here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead we have a bit of an affinity for perennials.  Wherther it be tasty vegies or the ever popular berries we go in big for perennial crops!  A big draw for me, as the main garden guy, is the reduction of care and maintenance that most perrenial crops require.  Over time your perennial garden beds will build their own little micro-ecosystems and will tollerate considerable neglect, which around…

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Dynamic Accumulators: Add These Versatile Plants to your Spring Seed Wish List

Dynamic Accumulators: Add These Versatile Plants to your Spring Seed Wish List

Spring Garden Seed Wish List…Dynamic Accumulators! I’ve made mention in previous posts about utilizing dynamic accumulators as a method to heal your soil and combat unwanted plants (AKA weeds) in your homestead garden and pastures.  You can check out my musings on Soil Health and Combating Canadian Thistle without chemicals by following the links.  Today I thought I would retouch on the theory behind dynamic accumulators, and provide you with a nice list of plants along with the nutrients/minerals they…

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Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

I had to work today ( unfortunately off the homestead! )  so the girls got out and played cowboy!  They got the halter the rest of the way on Beatrice our American Milking Devon heifer and future milk cow.  They got it done way faster than I could have, and really did a heck of a job!…. Before: After: Looks like I might have a cowgirl on my hands….or at least a milkmaid!

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

Well its the middle of winter, and since I can’t get a whole heck of a lot done on the land, I decided it might be a good time to start the process of halter breaking our Milking Devon heifer Beatrice.  The wife and I went out and slapped the halter on her, and we’ll you’ll see…  

Homestead Soil Health: Dr. Elaine Ingham (video)

Homestead Soil Health: Dr. Elaine Ingham (video)

The soil is the foundation of hemegrown, homestead nutrition.  For us to thrive we need to have healthy nutrient dense food, and the same is true of our livestock and gardens.  Our food and its nutrition is hands down the best medicine we can get.  All of this starts with having in place a properly functioning soil web, that will nourish our soil microbes (beneficial bacteria and fungi, etc.).  Dr Elaine Ingham is recognized as the foremost authority in this…

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Homestead Happenings: December 2015

Homestead Happenings: December 2015

Homestead Update Dec 2015 Well here we go… knee deep in the hustle and bustle of the Season! Not much time for games, unless you make the time….   We’ve been plugging along on a project to renovate the front yard thistle patch into a usable growing area.  We’re doing a sheet mulch rahab on the area.  First we set down a nice thick layer of cardboard, then put down a 2 inch layer of compost, then about an inch…

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