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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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10 Foods No One Should Eat-Mercola Infographic

10 Foods No One Should Eat-Mercola Infographic

Food is medicine, it can also be poison! Be mindful of what you put into your body…..from Mercola.com Are you eating food that’s already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website. <img src=”http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/banned-foods-infographic.jpg” alt=”10 Banned Foods to Avoid” border=”0″ style=”max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;”><p style=”max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;”>Are you eating…

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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….

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…

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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Raw Milk Safety & Production (Mercola Video)

Raw Milk Safety & Production (Mercola Video)

Here’s a nice interview by Dr. Mercola with Holistic Vet. Will Winter.  There’s a lot of good info here everything from raw milk to herd and flock management using herbals….and more!  Really good stuff so I thought I’d share it with you.  (Thanks to Steve at Triangle C Beef for sending this out)  Enjoy!!!

Dynamic Accumulators: The What, Why, & Who

Dynamic Accumulators: The What, Why, & Who

Last time I posted about homestead weeds, I made mention of dynamic accumulators.  Today I thought I might go into a little more about what they are, why you would want to plant them, and which dynamic accumulators we are using here on the Traditional Catholic Homestead (the who). What:  Simply put dynamic accumulators are plants that concentrate minerals and nutrients from deep in the soil horizon and bring them to the surface in their leaves, fruits, and plant bodies….

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Weeds: What They Tell Us and Why You Should Care!

Weeds: What They Tell Us and Why You Should Care!

For many a homesteader or gardener weeds can be a major topic of conversation.  They should be, but maybe not for the reasons you think!  I’m not talking about eradication or even control of noxious or unwanted plant life.  What I’m referring to is listening to what the weeds are telling us…. now that is a conversation that can really go places!  No I don’t mean the looney bin (the weeds aren’t actually talking to you, even though you may…

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Comfrey Salve: Homestead First Aid Essential

Comfrey Salve: Homestead First Aid Essential

Here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead we absolutely love comfrey!  One of the byproducts of comfrey propagation is lots of leaves.  Making a comfrey salve is a traditional use for all of those leaves.  This healing comfrey salve is just another reason every homesteader should be growing this garden standout.  There are many herbs that might be more effective for some of the things we use comfrey for, but none of them are more versatile, perennial and hardy.  Add to…

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