Canning Tips for Beginners: What to Know to Get Started

The first time I did canning by myself was by accident. I really just wanted to make corn relish and mentioned it to my roommate. The translation: “Hint, hint. Help me make corn relish, k?” Turns out she had plans (selfish, right?), but she found me a recipe, verbally described the process, and imparted a bunch of her canning tips to my panicked ears. Then she left. I had made jams and pickles before, but always with the oversight of skilled friends. Being left with a bin of corn, a simple recipe, and a bunch of scary new information was intimidating. Still, I analyzed […]

10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks. Muscovies are a popular breed of ducks on the homestead. This post offers ways to maximize their potential.

10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy Ducks can be found all over the world as domesticated waterfowl, and we’re ready to talk about what these birds are really good at. There are many great reasons for keeping Muscovy Ducks on the homestead, or as small backyard pets—although these reasons do not include maximizing on meat and egg production. If you missed it check out my previous post on the shortcomings of Muscovy ducks where I talk about this more. But let’s now discuss the benefits of having these birds around and how to maximize on their potential.   Pros of Keeping Muscovy Ducks  1. They […]

5 Reasons Muscovy Ducks May Not be Right for You. Why we no longer keep muscovies on the homestead. Pros and cons.

5 Reasons Muscovy Ducks May Not be Right for You

Muscovy ducks are often a top choice for many first-time duck owners as they are a well-known breed. They were among the first ducks that we kept here on our homestead. It is true there are some benefits to having muscovies on the farm (see 10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks), but I wouldn’t keep these ducks again for meat or eggs. In fact, some would argue that they are not ducks at all! Their behaviour, egg incubation time, and feeding patterns are closer to most geese. Some Muscovy owners might not know the true numbers of raising these […]

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 […]

10 surprising reasons we have grown to enjoy having ducks on the homestead. | www.growingwildroots.com

10 Reasons to Keep Ducks on the Homestead

Over the past two years we have started to keep ducks on the homestead. We had always been chicken people—they’re a little more mainstream, but my husband wanted to try something new. While we still have chickens, ducks have become a valuable part of our farm. Here are ten reasons, as told by my husband, that we’ll keep ducks around. 10 Reasons to Keep Ducks on the Homestead 1. Pest control Ducks have an insatiable appetite for bugs and grubs making them a great organic choice for pest control in the garden. They nose their bills through the top inch of soil […]

Why Homesteaders Need Winter

Why Homesteaders Need Seasons

I have always been a summertime kinda girl, but although I love the sun on my face and my bare feet in the grass I would never trade in our four seasons. We live in a temperate Canadian climate here, which means fresh springtimes, hot summer days, long autumns, and moderate winters. It’s a nearly perfect climate. Still, it’s easy to get antsy in January and February and forget it’s a much needed rest from the the business of the other seasons. Nonetheless, there’s something peaceful about the earth sleeping beneath its layer of snow, as if it also needs […]