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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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Traditional Catholic Beef… Grass Finished How-To

Traditional Catholic Beef… Grass Finished How-To

Well now that we have officially finished, butchered, cooked and eaten our grass fed/finished beeves, I feel like I can share how I did it.  First I will say that the results were pretty much everything we  were hoping for.  The meat is tender, and absolutely screams with beef flavor.  Not really any hint of “gaminess” that you sometimes will come across with grass finished animals.  The only negative was the meat is very lean (could be a positive, if that’s what you’re in…

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Top 5 Things to Plant Now for Fall/Winter Harvest

Top 5 Things to Plant Now for Fall/Winter Harvest

I know that in the heat of the summer a lot of people have other things on their minds than the cold,wet, and dreary days of fall/winter.  Now is the time to be thinking of those days though!  This is the time to start your Fall/Winter garden.  In most places of the country there is still plenty of time left to get those seeds in the ground to have a bountiful Fall garden.  Here are my top five plants that…

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Grass Beef Progress July 2015

Grass Beef Progress July 2015

I made a quick video of the Devon cattle (I don’t think they appreciated the publicity, you’ll see what I mean!): And I went a picked up the cut and wrapped beef from the butcher today.  This is two of the grass fed/finished bald faced steers that I finished off this spring.  The butcher said the meat was pretty lean, but he still gave me a 20 gallon garbage sack full of extra fat that we are going to render…

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Greenhouse Video Tour July 2015

Greenhouse Video Tour July 2015

I tried to get a full tour of the garden and greenhouse, but the phone overheated so it kind of trailed off as I was going into the greenhouse.  Enter part 2, the greenhouse tour.  This thing’s been working out pretty well for us so far in three seasons.  I can finally grow my own tomatoes!  A 90 day growing season and cool nights don’t really lend themselves to good tomato production, but with this thing I’ve finally done it!…

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Out With the Old, In With the New… Cows!!!

Out With the Old, In With the New… Cows!!!

We like to eat plenty of beef here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead!  We also like to eat as healthy as possible, so we go in for grass fed/finished if we can.  Last year we made the leap into raising our own, and this year we’re taking it a step further! So after all my big talk of keeping up with the site and posting regularly, I went and dropped the laptop and broke the charger!  Well I’ve got a…

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Creating Ruth Stout style garden bed

Creating Ruth Stout style garden bed

Fast, Easy, Low Labor Garden Bed, Inspired by Ruth Stout I wrote previously in my post on deep mulch about Ruth Stout, and her gardening methods.  This time I’ll give a step by step how-to on creating a Ruth Stout style bed.  In her  “No-Work Garden Book” she makes mention several times of establishing new beds with potatoes.  Well it just so happens that today I received my order of spuds, sourced locally, well somewhat locally.  Who knew that importing…

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Organic Control for Canadian Thistle

Organic Control for Canadian Thistle

How I’m winning the battle against Canadian Thistle invasion! Since we moved onto the new place to create our Traditional Catholic Homestead we’ve been engaged in an epic battle of good vs. evil!  I’m not referring to some esoteric battle of angels against demons, I’m talking about something far more mundane.  Our struggle against the scourge of northern rangeland… the Canadian Thistle!  We’ve engaged the fight on multiple fronts from invading patches in the pasture, to full scale occupation of the…

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