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Category: Gardening tips

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

9 seeds to plant in february

9 seeds to sow in February – Start your vegetable garden early

February is that month of the year when we start growing impatient. After three long winter months, we ache to see our orchard and garden blooming once again. Our whole yard is covered in 50 cm of snow and the temperatures outside are still below freezing, but we can’t stop thinking about spring and our 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

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

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. Read More

pepper burning skin

Inferno Hands aka Hot Pepper Hands

You may be wondering what does “Inferno hands”  mean or maybe you already know in which case I’m really sorry! In case you don’t know what “inferno hands” stands for, I’m here to tell you so you don’t end up making the same mistake I did. Also known as, Hot Pepper Hands or “OMG! I’VE JUST Read More

indoor plants for beginners

3 Indoor Plants for Black-Thumbs

We might be new to homesteading, but I’ve been a gardening enthusiast all my life and my love for plants didn’t stop at vegetables. Before we got the chance to buy our land, I’ve spent years growing tens of species of indoor plants in my rented apartment. Today I want to share part of my Read More