Author: Vlad

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How to Grow Marigolds & Why Should You Plant Them in Your Garden

Marigolds are beautiful orange flowers grown all around the world, for thousands of years, for their medicinal use and gorgeous aesthetics. Also known as pot marigold, ruddles or by its official name, Calendula officinalis, this flower is extremely easy to grow, and once you know how to grow Marigolds, you’ll always want them in your Read More

Planning the garden

A new gardening year | What we plan to do different

Ever since we took the big step and ditched the city life to start our own homestead, the plan was to eventually get to a point where we could make a living off our homestead. However, we’re in no rush at the moment. Our city jobs pay fairly well, and other than us wishing we Read More

Top Herbs to Grow Indoors

Top 5 Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors Right Now

Every good cook, from the top chefs to every grandma out there, loves cooking with fresh herbs. Nothing beats that freshly-picked taste, and you know it! If you’re looking to try your luck with gardening for the very first time, herbs are actually a great start as some of them are really easy to grow, Read More

Finally finished cutting all our firewood

This past week I took advantage of this year’s warm winter weather and the time off from work I got for the holidays to finally finish cutting all our firewood. Our first winter on the homestead, I promised myself that next year I will get the job done by the end of autumn, yet I Read More

85+ Best Gardening Quotes for Gardeners

85+ Gardening Quotes | Find your gardening inspiration!

Who doesn’t love all those savvy sayings and quotes that brighten up the day or inspires you to do better yourself? Here’s a list with our favourite quotes for gardeners:   “A weed is but an unloved flower.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” ― Claude Monet “The greatest fine Read More

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Building Hay Mulch Beds in our Food Forest | Part 2

In part one of this food forest experiment series, I talked about food forests, what they are and how to build one. Going forward I will mostly share only advice that I’ve put into practice in our own food forest. Like I tried to explain in the first part, the way you design your food Read More

Fall gardening activities | Getting ready for the next season

An old Romanian proverb says “Fa-ti vara sanie si iarna car”, which roughly translates to “Build yourself a sledge during summer and a carriage during winter”. Although none intuitive at first glance, this saying passes down a lot of wisdom and urges good homesteaders to always think, plan and act in advance, always getting ready Read More

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Temperate Climate Food Forests | Part 1 – What is a food forest?

Ever since we moved on our homestead we wanted to have a food forest on our property. Food forests make great use of space and, by using permaculture principles they maximize the yield of your growing space while also creating a self-sustaining ecosystem. I’ve always believed that gardening should be more about working with nature Read More

Bringing chickens on our homestead (and how we lost most of them)

One of the core reasons why we chose to start a homestead is that we want to grow our food or at least part of it. And raising chickens for eggs and meat was always part of the plan. So we got a flock of baby chicks from my grandmother. Little did we know that Read More

We adopted another dog on our farmstead. Say Hello to Loki the Mischievous Mutt!

Yes, that’s right! We let another dog into our lives. And I say ‘let’ instead of ‘brought’ for a good reason. This is one of those awesome dog adoption stories that will put a smile on your face. So let me tell you the story of how Loki, our new dog, forced himself into our Read More

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