Author: Vlad

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

food forest

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

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

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