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Author: Vlad

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

What vegetables can you grow in a Ruth Stout garden?

Although the Ruth Stout gardening method is over a century old, there are still a lot of questions out there regarding its performance and success. Most people doubt that food can grow from just hay, while others feel like they will be restricted, in terms of what crops they can grow. I’ve already gone over Read More

small hugelkultur beds

Small hugelkultur flowerbeds – Keeping animals at bay while creating more growing space!

One of the main reasons Greti and I started gardening was to reduce some of our living costs. We figured that if we could grow our own food or at least part of it, our grocery bills would be smaller. At the same time, like many other gardeners, we’re doing this out of a pure Read More

What are hugelkultur beds and why we built one

What are hugelkultur beds and why we’ve built one

What are hugelkultur beds? How to build one from the materials you already have. Read More

Homestead equity

Building equity on our homestead

Romania’s real estate prices are considerably lower than what you would find in other countries, but that doesn’t make it more affordable to the majority of the local population. There are still a few who can afford buying a modern house or maybe an apartment, but for many that results in 30-years mortgage. I’d much Read More

Lost in Valhalla

Homestead Rewind – Our 2018 in review

2018 was a crazy year for us! But, before we get into that I just quickly want to thank everyone who’s been following us and supporting us through our journey. Even though we have less than 100 subscribers, I was taken by surprise multiple times by old friends who congratulated us for we do and Read More

Planting garlic using the Ruth Stout method

This fall, just a few weeks before the cold weather started, we planted a small garden bed with garlic using the Ruth Stout method. After doing quite a bit of research and comparing notes between different styles of gardening, I think Ruth Stout will work perfectly for planting our garlic. I’ll get through what the Read More

Our first big snow on the homestead

December brought about very cold days here at the Valhalla homestead. With our fire stove running overtime, our firewood supplies were diminishing quite fast. So the plan for last Saturday was to split more firewood. But when we woke up on Saturday morning, everything was covered in a thick layer of snow. So much snow! Read More

10 moving hacks to make your life easier

This post is long overdue. We moved to our new home back in July, but since renovations at our new house are still in progress, we still have boxes laying around. Every week or so we have to move our cardboard boxes from one room to the other and if it weren’t for these 10 Read More

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