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2017 Huglekulture Greenhouse Update….Year in Review!

2017 Huglekulture Greenhouse Update….Year in Review!

It’s been a while since I talked much about our hugelkulture fortified greenhouse experiment.  This last season has seen some significant changes in the old greenhouse so I thought I would share a little about what we’ve done and what our experiments have taught us, so here goes…. We’ve reskinned the hoophouse with a product called Solawrap….it’s basically bubble wrap on steroids and it has been a significant improvement over the single layer of greenhouse poly! The solawrap creates dual…

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Monastic Herbalism: Part One — Traditium

Monastic Herbalism: Part One — Traditium

The treatment and curing of the ill and infirm is a long standing tradition within the Catholic faith.  The ability to propagate and properly administer herbal remedies is a homesteading stalwart.  I recently stumbled onto a series of articles documenting the Monastic tradition of herbalism from medieval times that continues to this day.  I thought it was interesting so I figured I’d share….hope you find it as informative as I have

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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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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Sheet Mulching Our Front Yard!

Sheet Mulching Our Front Yard!

I wrote a while back about our battle with thistles on the homestead.  One of my strategies for dealing with them on a small scale had been sheet mulch.  We started the first section of the transformation of the front “lawn” last fall, so I thought I would share with you guys what we’ve learned and what we were able to accomplish….   We made some adjustments for phase two based on some observations and we’re hoping to optimize the…

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Greenhouse & Hugelkulture Video Update (Aug 2016)

Greenhouse & Hugelkulture Video Update (Aug 2016)

Here is the promised video update of our greenhouse and a couple of the hugelkulture berms.  We had some setbacks in the greenhouse that delayed planting quite a bit, but those problems are solved now, so better late than never!  You’ll be able to really see the difference a year of establishment makes with the hugel berms.  We haven’t planted anything in the hugels this season and the production of the older berm is just phenominal!  Enjoy….

Homestead Update Aug 2016

Homestead Update Aug 2016

I know it’s been a while since we’ve put out some content, so I thought it would be appropriate to start things off again with a little homestead update: We’ve had a pretty busy spring, spent a lot of time working on our cattle systems, building fence, shifting paddocks, and trying to get the coriography of rotational grazing down.  We’ll be splitting the heard and putting the bulls out to breed the cows here shortly, and weening a heifer or…

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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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