Tag: gardening advice

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How to Grow Marigolds & Why Should You Plant Them in Your Garden

Marigolds are beautiful orange flowers grown all around the world, for thousands of years, for their medicinal use and gorgeous aesthetics. Also known as pot marigold, ruddles or by its official name, Calendula officinalis, this flower is extremely easy to grow, and once you know how to grow Marigolds, you’ll always want them in your Read More

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

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

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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

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

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

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