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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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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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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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Soil Carbon Cowboys (Video): Rotational Grazing With Cover Crops

Soil Carbon Cowboys (Video): Rotational Grazing With Cover Crops

I found this awesome video on rotational grazing and cover crop systems and I thought I would share. I believe systems like this are the future of animal production that is regenerative and has an end product of healthy food that will heal the land.  This is what we are moving towards on the Traditional Catholic Homestead, I just hope we can stay ahead of the curve on this!   Good pasture management is part science and part art, experience cannot…

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Regenerating Soil Using Cover Crops & No-Till w/ Gabe Brown (Mercola Interview)

Regenerating Soil Using Cover Crops & No-Till w/ Gabe Brown (Mercola Interview)

Our soil health is the key to creating the best, most nutritious food possible.  Conventional farming methods have decimated our soils in this country, and the nutrient content of our foods has plummeted.  Gabe Brown is a conventional farming convert from North Dakota, regenerating his soils using cover crops and no-till methods.  He runs cattle and conventional crops on his ranch.  He’s seen fantastic result on his ranch and is spreading the word on how he’s been able to do…

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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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Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Seaberry

Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Seaberry

Seaberry Seaberry or seabuckthorn is another of the lesser known (in the United States) plants that every homestead in a temperate climate should have growing.  Often times seaberry is referred to as the citrus of the north.  Owing to it high vitamin C content (up to 15x greater than that of oranges) and other healthful benefits seaberry has gained fame as a super fruit!  Unique in the world of berries seabuckthorn has been shown to be a good source of…

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