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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 surprising reasons we have grown to enjoy having ducks on the homestead. | 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. […]

Establishing a Garden Plot: Building up the Beds

It can be overwhelming to start establishing a garden plot—it’s so tempting to throw some seeds in the ground and call it done. There is something to be said for a beautiful forest garden, however these require a lot of time, space, and strategy. I also personally like the […]

Vegetable Plants to Start Indoors

6 Vegetable Plants to Start Indoors

I know it’s not easy to get in the gardening head space while the ground is still freezing at night. However, some of the most staple veggies do need to be started indoors before they are transplanted outside. On our farm we are lucky to live […]

Easy composting

Easiest Composting Method Ever

If you have a garden, you have to compost. That’s all there is to it. It is simply the easiest, cheapest, greenest, and most effective way to make your veggies thrive. On our homestead each garden has its own compost so that we don’t end […]

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 spring times, […]

June in Review + July Goals on the Homestead.

Live Where You Love

I live near the place I grew up. It makes a clichéd sort of sense—the farm kid who grew up, got married, started a family, and settled in down the road. There is a certain comfort, a cozy security to that thought. But in my […]