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Dabbling with Ducks

Find out what happens when we add ducks to the homestead.
We have a large laying flock of chickens. We tried our hand at raising Thanksgiving turkeys. “Why not try ducks?” we asked ourselves. We’ve wanted to add ducks to our farm ever… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/dabbling-ducks/

The Turkey Trial - Part 2: Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner

The finale of raising turkeys for five months? The best Thanksgiving dinner ever!
What do turkeys like to do on sunny days? Have peck-nics. Our turkeys were Artisan Gold turkeys, a breed that likes to be outside foraging. In essence, they acted much like wild… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/turkey-trial-part-2-preparing-thanksgiving-dinner/

Turkey Trial - Part 1: Growing Thanksgiving Dinner

Our adventure of raising turkeys from day-old chicks to Thanksgiving dinner.
Last year around Thanksgiving we thought it would be rather neat to serve turkey that we had raised ourselves. After a bit of research we decided to give it a go. Prior to… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/turkey-trial-part-1-growing-thanksgiving-dinner/

Dad's Gateway Drug... er, Animal

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've Gone Chicken Crazy

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/

Maple Syrup Harrold Style

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/

Putting up the Harvest

The end of summer is a busy time for us as we take advantage of all the local produce that floods the farmer's markets.
The sounds of late summer fill the air outside: chirping crickets, strumming katydids, humming cicadas, twittering sparrows and squawking blue jays. All these noises coincide with… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/putting-harvest/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Population Fluxes Within Backyard Flock

Our flock of backyard chickens endure some erratic weather and new arrivals.
Grandpa and I went on a vacation this past spring. We were gone seven weeks. During these seven weeks we have a fine example of how unpredictable our spring weather can be.… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/population-fluxes-within-backyard-flock/

Keeping Chickens Out of the Garden

We build a fence around our raised beds in an attempt to control our chickens' access to our vegetable gardens.
When we first set up our raised bed gardens we did not see the need for a fence - the height of the beds would keep out any of the nibbling herbivores who might visit our gardens.… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/garden-fence-or-chicken-fence/

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/

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Dabbling with Ducks

Find out what happens when we add ducks to the homestead.
We have a large laying flock of chickens. We tried our hand at raising Thanksgiving turkeys. “Why not try ducks?” we asked ourselves. We’ve wanted to add ducks to our farm ever… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/dabbling-ducks/

The Turkey Trial - Part 2: Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner

The finale of raising turkeys for five months? The best Thanksgiving dinner ever!
What do turkeys like to do on sunny days? Have peck-nics. Our turkeys were Artisan Gold turkeys, a breed that likes to be outside foraging. In essence, they acted much like wild… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/turkey-trial-part-2-preparing-thanksgiving-dinner/

Turkey Trial - Part 1: Growing Thanksgiving Dinner

Our adventure of raising turkeys from day-old chicks to Thanksgiving dinner.
Last year around Thanksgiving we thought it would be rather neat to serve turkey that we had raised ourselves. After a bit of research we decided to give it a go. Prior to… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/turkey-trial-part-1-growing-thanksgiving-dinner/

Dad's Gateway Drug... er, Animal

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've Gone Chicken Crazy

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/

Maple Syrup Harrold Style

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/

Putting up the Harvest

The end of summer is a busy time for us as we take advantage of all the local produce that floods the farmer's markets.
The sounds of late summer fill the air outside: chirping crickets, strumming katydids, humming cicadas, twittering sparrows and squawking blue jays. All these noises coincide with… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/putting-harvest/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Population Fluxes Within Backyard Flock

Our flock of backyard chickens endure some erratic weather and new arrivals.
Grandpa and I went on a vacation this past spring. We were gone seven weeks. During these seven weeks we have a fine example of how unpredictable our spring weather can be.… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/population-fluxes-within-backyard-flock/

Keeping Chickens Out of the Garden

We build a fence around our raised beds in an attempt to control our chickens' access to our vegetable gardens.
When we first set up our raised bed gardens we did not see the need for a fence - the height of the beds would keep out any of the nibbling herbivores who might visit our gardens.… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/garden-fence-or-chicken-fence/

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/

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Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh