homestead: garden bounty
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homestead: garden bounty

homestead, garden bounty, unless… Every year, I grow starts from seed. Sometimes these seedlings will grow as expected, sometimes they won’t. Sometimes I’ll know why, sometimes I won’t. This year they grew happily in the greenhouse. Hundreds of them. From flowers to veggies. Then I placed a few in the open sun to harden off. … Continue reading

homestead: raising a LGD
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homestead: raising a LGD

This girl. I’m telling ya, there is nothing like an effort-filled family adventure than the addition of a puppy. I should clarify. Ours is not an ordinary puppy. In the words of a random stranger I met on a dog walk, even the owners of LGDs (large guardian dogs) are rare breeds. Naturally I had … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2
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homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2

Purple coneflower, aka Echinacea purpurea, also known as my favourite floral centerpiece, is a natural pollinator attractor, a medicinal and a cottage garden staple. This year, I’m using it for more than my floral centerpieces. The benefits are too impressive. University of British Columbia research suggests that regular consumption will reverse or alleviate inflammation. I knew … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds and what to do
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homestead hacks: weeds and what to do

As a born and raised urbanite, pesky weeds interfere with a carpet lush lawn. Spray them, pull them, curse them, but there is no use to them: a bane on suburban perfection. I still bend to pull weeds. I still swipe them with my heavy garden clogs. But now I’ve also found a new use … Continue reading

homestead breakfast: kitchen abundance
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homestead breakfast: kitchen abundance

With our Bed and Breakfast open for business, I am eager to hone my omelet making skills. (My family thinks I’ve perfected my omelet making skills, unless I use the non-stick pan, then the omelet sticks every time!) I’m trying my hand at foraged frittata (okay, the dandelion greens are foraged, everything else is from … Continue reading

homestead: chick princesses
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homestead: chick princesses

Well I hope all six of them are princesses anyway. I am willing to call a rooster or two George and Louis, but I am unwilling to call one Archie. And sadly, no rooster may stay, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a myth that roosters don’t make great soup, so not sure what we’ll … Continue reading