Category: Gardening tips

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

Food forest ground floor

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

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

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

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