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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.