A Simple Guide to Tying up Raspberries. This easy method can improve yields and ease of harvest.

A Simple Guide to Tying Up Raspberries

On our homestead we like to tie up raspberry canes after the snow is gone, but before the buds come out. We have had some debate around here about the value of tying up raspberries. It is a small time investment, but we have decided the benefits are worthwhile. Tying up raspberry canes keeps fruit off the ground, which means less rot or mildew waste. The berries also ripen more regularly. Perhaps the biggest benefit is improvement to the ease of harvesting. Picking raspberries is a labour intensive job. Having your canes spaced and held off the ground is helpful. It also means less scratches […]

How we honour the significance of Easter with ethical Easter chocolate.

Our Ethical Easter Chocolate Tradition

When we were married my husband and I realised we had the opportunity to create our own family traditions. We always honoured Easter as significant to our life and faith, and I certainly want to keep the solemness and joy of in the holiday. However, after our daughter joined our family I began to think more seriously about the importance of ethical Easter chocolate traditions. The chocolate industry has notoriously tried to keep its dark secrets. Still, consumers, need to grapple with the fact that chocolate is often grown by slave labour and/or unsustainable practices. Mainstream companies are often the worst offenders. I recommend […]

My Homestead Kitchen Wish List. The ultimate guide to items for the dream country kitchen.

My Homestead Kitchen Wish List

I have a lovely homestead kitchen. There is plenty of space, the counter top is stone, the sink looks over the busy dining area, and wide glass doors lead to a patio. Still, as with anyone who spends plenty of time in this room, I am always designing my “dream” kitchen in the back of my mind. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase through these links helps support GWR at no cost to you. Thank you! After becoming a (mostly) stay-at-home mom and farm dweller, I have become especially invested in my homestead kitchen. I am using this post to organise the […]

Women in Farming: Why We Need Agriculture and Agriculture Needs Us. An exploration of women and their role in agriculture.

Women in Farming: Why We Need Agriculture and Agriculture Needs Us

How many women in farming do you know? Of these, how many hold a managing role? Do they own their land? Are you a woman working in agriculture? Or do you work alongside one? Women in farming When it comes to farm labour internationally, women are actually well represented—perhaps even over-represented. Women in farming account for 43% of agricultural work internationally. This number is thought to be higher in developing countries—up to 80% in Sub-Saharan Africa. No doubt about it, farming is hard work, and women are doing their share. So we’re doing all right, right? Consider that the number of […]

Do you know how to calculate when to start seeds? Here's a comprehensive way to figure it all out.

How to Calculate When to Plant Seeds

You’ve poured over the seed catalogs and placed orders for cute little heirloom vegetables. The mail finally delivers the nice thick envelope. You have your up-cycled seed trays ready and a space cleared out by a sunny window. You, my friend, are a master gardener—protector of the environment and organic superhero. Now you just need to plant. This is the easy part of the process. Right? Getting started If you have seeds in their packets finding out the basic information that you need is actually quite simple. First, you will need to identify which seeds need to be started indoors. I order almost all my new […]

10 Unique Winter Date Ideas for Country Couples. These fun ideas promise to add some connection to your relationship over the cold season.

10 Unique Winter Date Ideas for Country Couples

Back when we were dating my now-husband warned me early on that he didn’t believe in celebrating Valentines Day. It wasn’t a big deal to me. However, February is also my least favourite month. It’s cold and dreary, and I’m always glad it’s the shortest of the year. I feel like a little celebration with some winter date ideas can brighten up the month. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase through these links helps support GWR at no cost to you. Thank you! Where we live February is still cold, but not as fresh and exciting as early winter is. Here […]

5 helpful things to consider before butching a beef for the very first time.

5 Helpful Butchering Tips to Read Before Getting Started

5 Helpful Butchering Tips for a Beginner This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links it helps support GWR at no cost to you. Thank you! Learning how to cut up a beef, or any animal, can be a daunting ordeal if you have no background. My husband took it upon myself to learn some of the skills associated with processing a beef. Here he gives some helpful butchering tips that he discovered through this process. 1. Find the proper tools Here is a picture of the tools I used on the first beef and […]

Learn a simple method to make your own healthy beef bone broth.

Making a Simple Beef Bone Broth or Stock

We’ve been raising our own ethical beef since I was a little girl. When we process meat all our leftover bones used to be solely destined for dog treats. I now scavenge them for broth/stock. Thank you hipsters and paleo people. A quick note on broth vs. stock. The definitions aren’t exactly clear, and a lot of people use them interchangeably. To me bone broth means something you would serve up in a mug and sip on a cold day. Stock is a gelatinous substance that I use liberally in my cooking. This process can result in either—just adjust the […]

July in review on the Homestead, plus some things worth reading. | www.growingwildroots.com

July in Review on the Homestead

Oh, July. This has been my favourite month of  the year since I was a little kid. I love that school is out and long days at the lake are in. This July was been off to a remarkably cool start with lots of rain and cold nights. Although it meant less time at the river, I was happy to have plentiful rain after last year’s scorcher. Here is my July in review on the homestead. Here in the “M” family we have lots of exciting things on the go. They’re not all farm related, but they entail some of my […]

What should you bring for backpack travel with kids? An experienced traveller and parent breaks down her list as she heads out on a trip with her toddler.

Our List for Travel with Kids

I’m learning that nothing sets off a shopping spree like planning to travel with kids. Mr. M. and I have recently booked a trip overseas with BamBam, who is one and a half. Infants under age two can fly without the purchase of an additional ticket, which is all the excuse we need. While I’ve done plenty of backpacking in the past, this will be my first big trip with a toddler in tow. We’ve put a lot of thought and research into our packing list. These are some of the items that I’m adding in order to succeed at backpack travel with […]