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Author: Vlad

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

What is BARF diet? Risks and benefits

A few months back we set out to find out what’s the best food for Ragnar, our dog. We did a lot of research and after outweighing the risks and benefits of the BARF (or raw-feed) diet, we never looked back. Like us, you probably only want the very best for your furry best friend. If Read More

Fruit trees

The 4 new types of trees we planted in our orchard this year

We already have a great variety of trees planted in our orchard. But this fall, we decided to plant 4 new types of on our homestead. So our orchard now also has a chestnut tree, a hazelnut tree, a peach tree and quince tree.  Gifts from our fruit trees After spending a full summer and Read More

woodlogs by terracota stove with fire burning

Chainsaws, firewood and stoves

The last few warm days of autumn have passed and cold weather is now setting in. The forecast predicts negative temperatures starting tomorrow night and we already had a few morning with most of our yard covered in hoarfrost. It’s time to get firewood, split the wood, stack it and keep it handy for our Read More

Ragnar

A few weeks before moving to our new house, back when we were still renting our old apartment and we were just starting the house renovations, we were on our way from the city to our homestead. With music roaring in our car, I was slowly driving on the country road that leads to our Read More

vegetables you can grow indoors

Our experience with growing vegetables indoors

This is how we got into growing vegetables indoors, in our apartment, before we got here at the Valhalla Homestead. And how tasting one delicious cherry tomato grown on our own balcony determined us to move to the countryside. Few of us are fortunate enough to have a plot of land to grow anything, especially here Read More

apple harvest

Our first apple harvest

The last few weeks have been crazy busy. We spent our weekends working in the kitchen and juggled with shopping and doctor appointments throughout the rest of the week. Autumn came in full force here at Vechea and hit us with a few nights of 1°C temperatures, light rain and winds. That was also our Read More

cute dog in garden with cherries

We finally started working on our garden

When we got this land, the first thing we wanted to do was to start a nice, small vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the buying process dragged on for longer than what we expected and by the time we got our keys and deeds it was already late April and we were already passed the growing season.

With a bitter taste in our mouths, we were forced to postpone all our gardening plans and start renovations on our house. We needed to get our house in move-in condition as fast as possible because we didn’t want to pay both our house mortgage and a rent in the city.

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