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Garden Tour

2020 Garden Update: Over 100 tomato plants and more

Back in February, we’ve already gone over a rough overview of our garden plans for this year. We’ve doubled our growing space and added a high-tunnel on our homestead, which gave us a big upper hand in gardening this year. The lockdown measures also helped, with both of us working from home, we didn’t have to Read More

yellow orange marigold flower close-up

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

Planning the garden

A new gardening year | What we plan to do different

Ever since we took the big step and ditched the city life to start our own homestead, the plan was to eventually get to a point where we could make a living off our homestead. However, we’re in no rush at the moment. Our city jobs pay fairly well, and other than us wishing we 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 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

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

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

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

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.

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