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Embracing Tea - Part 2

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/

Embracing Tea - Part 1

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/

Insects in the Orchard - Friend or Foe?

We have a lot to learn about the insects that live in our orchard!
After beginning our orchard, we’ve become more aware of the insects that co-exist with us at Harrold Country Home. In terms of our trees’ health and resilience, the insects can be… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/insects-orchard-friend-or-foe/

From Free Range to Pasture

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/

Of Chickens and Children

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/

An Orchard is Born

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/

Welcome Chickens!

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/

Growing Organically - Crop Rotation

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/

Our Seed Story

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/

Inspiring Child-Friendly Gardens

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/

Growing Organically - The Seeds

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/

Mites, Weevils and Flies, Oh My!

You can’t live in the country without getting acquainted with bugs.
You can’t live in the country without getting acquainted with bugs. They really do pop up everywhere. And unless you have a sense of humour about it, these invasions can be quite… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/mites-weevils-and-flies-oh-my/

Where We Grow Our Veggies

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/

Preserving Backyard Apples

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/

Growing Organically Family Style

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/

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Embracing Tea - Part 2

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/

Embracing Tea - Part 1

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/

Insects in the Orchard - Friend or Foe?

We have a lot to learn about the insects that live in our orchard!
After beginning our orchard, we’ve become more aware of the insects that co-exist with us at Harrold Country Home. In terms of our trees’ health and resilience, the insects can be… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/insects-orchard-friend-or-foe/

From Free Range to Pasture

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/

Of Chickens and Children

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/

An Orchard is Born

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/

Welcome Chickens!

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/

Growing Organically - Crop Rotation

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/

Our Seed Story

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/

Inspiring Child-Friendly Gardens

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/

Growing Organically - The Seeds

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/

Mites, Weevils and Flies, Oh My!

You can’t live in the country without getting acquainted with bugs.
You can’t live in the country without getting acquainted with bugs. They really do pop up everywhere. And unless you have a sense of humour about it, these invasions can be quite… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/mites-weevils-and-flies-oh-my/

Where We Grow Our Veggies

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/

Preserving Backyard Apples

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/

Growing Organically Family Style

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/

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin
Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh