Dad's two-cents on what we do, why we do it, and what we may do in the future
By Dad Let me begin with some background on how we got started at producing our own food. Initially, we bought a country property so our children could grow-up in a wholesome… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/dads-gateway-drug-er-animal/
We can't seem to get enough of chickens. The more the merrier! Oh, and have them lay colourful eggs too, please.
We’ve gone chicken crazy! After seeing some beautiful images of baskets filled with every shade of brown egg from beige to deep, chocolate brown, with sprinkles of pale blue,… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/weve-gone-chicken-crazy/
Happy hens are able to act as chickens, and as a result, produce eggs that are healthier for our consumption.
This past November we picked up eight hens and a rooster commonly referred to as Easter Eggers because they lay pale blue or green eggs. Given the traumatic move to a new home… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/happy-hens-lay-healthy-eggs/
We made a first attempt at tapping, collecting, and boiling sap from our sugar maple trees. The end results were a delicious treat and a memorable experience for the whole family.
We’ve been talking about trying to make our own maple syrup for years. This year, we finally gave it a go and embraced an element of quintessential Canadiana. This adventure in… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/maple-syrup-harrold-style/
Conventionally grown, organic, greenhouse, field, heirloom... does it really make a difference how that tomato on your plate grew?
Among our most favourite things to grow are tomatoes. A tomato plucked fresh off the plant, warm and perfectly ripe, will beat a grocery store tomato every time, hands down! There… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/best-tomatoes-your-health/
Homegrown herbal teas are more than a pleasant alternative for tea time.
A few year back I had a lightbulb moment when I realized that I could grow and use my own plants for herbal remedies. We began to plant flowers and herbs specifically for drying… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/embracing-tea-part-2/
Green and black teas offer many beneficial compounds that boost one's physical health. If you don't have a tea habit yet, you should think of starting one.
I like tea. It’s a simple, soothing drink and it can offer powerful benefits to your physical and emotional health.
The more I learn about herbal medicines, the more I value my… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/embracing-tea-part-1/
Our reasons for converting from a free ranging flock to a pastured flock.
We are converts from free-ranging chickens to pastured chickens.
When we started keeping laying hens two years ago, we had at most 16 birds at a time and they wandered about our… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/free-range-pasture/
The girls try to treat our flock of hens as cuddly pets; but neither the hens nor the rooster are appreciative of the attention.
Children need something to love. Something that they can give special attention to. Something that thrives under the care they shower upon it. Pets and young siblings are wonderful… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/chickens-and-children/
We expand our county home to include an orchard.
This past autumn and winter saw Dad and I researching, planning and dreaming about increasing our self-sufficiency. Our ultimate goal is to decrease our consumerism and increase… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/orchard-born/
After a brief hiatus, we once again have chickens. This time we welcomed not a dozen, but 30 laying hens.
We have ourselves a new group of chickens. After selling our old flock to new homes, cleaning and renovating the coop and enduring over a month of buying eggs, we brought home 31… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/welcome-chickens/
Rotate the crops growing in your garden to reduce soil-borne pests, optimize nutrient recycling, and take advantage of companion planting.
Crop rotation is an essential strategy for organic gardeners. By alternating the crops planted at a particular site, a gardener can avoid soil-borne pathogens and pests, replenish… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/growing-organically-crop-rotation/
Organic gardening starts with the seeds you plant - where do they came from?
If you want to be a purist when it comes to organic gardening, it will take more than following a few principles surrounding composting and mulching; you need to consider the… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/our-seed-story/
We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The book inspires children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and usefulness of gardening. We're inspired to get our hands dirty.
We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The author is a gardener with a passion: inspiring children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/inspiring-child-friendly-gardens/
If you want to be a purist when it comes to organic gardening, it will take more than following a few principles. You need to consider the plants themselves and the seeds from which they came.
If you want to be a purist when it comes to organic gardening, it will take more than following a few principles surrounding composting and mulching; you need to consider the… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/growing-organically-seeds/
Find our how we grow our vegetables in raised beds and an old hay field.
Here at our country home we have two garden areas where we grow our organic vegetables; one is a group of four raised beds and the other is a pair of ground plots.
I grew up with… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/where-we-grow-our-veggies/
An old, forgotten apple tree offers plenty of apples for us to transform into preserves.
We have an ancient apple tree growing next to our house that provides us with apples. The view from our dining room window is of this apple tree. In spring, when blossoms cover… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/apple-tree-harvest/
No Little Red Hen at the Harrold Country Home! Everyone pitches in during the growing season and later enjoys the flavour and healthy benefits of our organic harvest.
While some people’s wintery visions may include sugarplums dancing through their head or palm trees swaying in the breeze, come January, and the arrival of the seed catalogues,… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/how-does-your-garden-grow-organically/