Category: Homesteading life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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