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Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

I couldn’t decide whether to go with a Homestead Health segment on this one or Preserving the Harvest….elderberry syrup can literally go into either category!  I extolled the virtues of the humble elderberry in my last post, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear how beneficial it can be for your health.  Elderberry syrup is a traditional preventative and cure for both colds and flu.   The juice is naturally high in vitamins A, B, and C to stimulate…

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Homestead Heros Plants of Promise: Elderberry

Homestead Heros Plants of Promise: Elderberry

The common elderberry is oftentimes overlooked in its value on the homestead.  While it is native in many areas it has also naturalized in so many places that most folks take it for granted.  Elderberries can easily be wild harvested in many parts of the country.  Until fairly recently, improved cultivars have been rare and relatively expensive here in the States. The elderberry forms an attractive shrub or can be trained into a small tree reching 10 to 15 feet…

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Homestead First Aid: 10 Essentials for Every Home

Homestead First Aid: 10 Essentials for Every Home

I am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet, this is just a list of what we keep on hand for first aid here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead, because accidents happen every day when you’re living that rough and tumble homestead lifestyle!  Anything from having your leg run over by the ATV (“I’m OK, I’m Ok…. Grandma I got ran over!”), being stepped on by a cow, having chicken poo flung in your eye, the common…

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Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Currants

Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Currants

Currants & Gooseberries Ribes species (currants and gooseberries) are one of the forgotten gems in the homesteader’s arsenal of plant species.  Currants are an extremely hardy (to -30F.), highly productive, and long lived perennial berry.  They are tolerant of most soils, and produce well from full to partial shade.   Currants prefer well drained soil, as water logged roots severely hamper growth and vigor.  Like many berries ribes have a relatively shallow root system so they can be prone to drying…

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Wild Crafting Your Homestead Harvest

Wild Crafting Your Homestead Harvest

The ability to identify and utilize food that is growing wild on your property and in your community (or wherever you happen to find yourself) is on of those more advanced homesteading skills that should rank pretty high in the to-do list.  Wild crafting is another one of those Catholic prepping tools that need to honed and kept sharp in case of emergency as well.  In life, and especially in the homestead life, a penny saved is a penny earned….

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