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Building Soil With the Help of Weeds

Building Soil With the Help of Weeds

There comes a time for anyone who manages any sort of land resource when the decision of what to do about unwanted or undesired plant growth (aka “weeds”) needs to be made.  There are a couple different schools of thought on the subject.  They essentially boil down to to camps…..you either address the symptoms  (i.e. spray, pull, or poison the weeds) or you address the problems (i.e. determine what is causing the weed infestation and rectifying that situation).  I personally tend…

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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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Fruit Tree Propagation

Fruit Tree Propagation

There’s an old saying that goes something like “The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago, the second best time in today!”  Productive, healthy fruit and nut trees are a must for the modern homesteader.  The next question is how to afford all of those trees.  Well the good folks over at Deep Green Permaculture put together a nice article on the ins and outs of fruit tree propagation I thought you all might enjoy!  Ever wonder…

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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 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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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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