How to Grow Pumpkins

How to Grow Pumpkins | Pumpkins are a favorite garden vegetable. Not only do they make pretty fall decorations for your front porch, but they perform beautifully in the kitchen -- starring in a number of savory and sweet recipes. If you have space in your garden, they're really easy to grow -- here's how. | TraditionalCookingSchool.com

Pumpkins are a favorite garden vegetable. Not only do they make pretty fall decorations for your front porch, but they perform beautifully in the kitchen — starring in a number of savory and sweet recipes. If you have space in your garden, they’re really easy to grow — here’s how. [by Jenny Cazzola]

Using a Rain Barrel

Using a Rain Barrel | Rain barrels help you take that extra step toward self-sufficiency and sustainability, plus they reduce your water bill. Here are 2 cautions to keep in mind, plus 6 things to consider when shopping for one. | TraditionalCookingSchool.com

Rain barrels help you take that extra step toward self-sufficiency and sustainability, plus they reduce your water bill. Here are 2 cautions to keep in mind, plus 6 things to consider when shopping for one. [by Jenny Cazzola]

Learning to Let Go of Perfection

Learning to Let Go of Perfection | “Simple living stress syndrome” is a phenomenon I discovered shortly after our transition into a simple life -- and it's triggered by unnecessary "noise". To let go and reduce the noise, I focused on three homestead zones -- the garden, the kitchen, and the home -- where I looked for ways to reduce the noise and the stress. | TraditionalCookingSchool.com

“Simple living stress syndrome” is a phenomenon I discovered shortly after our transition into a simple life — and it’s triggered by unnecessary “noise”. To let go and reduce the noise, I focused on three homestead zones — the garden, the kitchen, and the home — where I looked for ways to reduce the noise and the stress. [by Jenny Cazzola]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot: The Four Rs of Conservation

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot | “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” --Wendell Berry. Just like everything else, it’s a journey beginning at your own front door. Here are a few ideas to help you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot in your own home, neighborhood, and town. | TraditionalCookingSchool.com

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” –Wendell Berry. Just like everything else, it’s a journey beginning at your own front door. Here are a few ideas to help you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot in your own home, neighborhood, and town. [by Lee Burdett]

Keeping Your Chickens Cool During the Summer Heat

Keeping Your Chickens Cool During the Summer Heat | Not only does weather wreak havoc on the garden and landscape, it takes its toll on pets and homestead critters such as chickens. During the summer, keeping our chickens cool is a very active part of our daily routine. Here are a few things that we have found to be helpful, as well as some additional suggestions I’ve gathered from my fellow chicken-keeping friends. | TraditionalCookingSchool.com

Not only does weather wreak havoc on the garden and landscape, it takes its toll on pets and homestead critters such as chickens. During the summer, keeping our chickens cool is a very active part of our daily routine. Here are a few things that we have found to be helpful, as well as some additional suggestions I’ve gathered from my fellow chicken-keeping friends. [by Jenny Cazzola]

Housing For Your Chickens

Housing for Your Chickens | If you've gone "coop shopping" or spent hours browsing chicken coops on Pinterest like I have, you know that chicken housing can be as simple as a reclaimed child’s playhouse or as elaborate as a small mobile home. It all depends on your goals and the time and resources you are willing to invest in the project. Here are the most important things we've learned about chicken coops over the years. | TraditionalCookingSchool.com

If you’ve gone “coop shopping” or spent hours browsing chicken coops on Pinterest like I have, you know that chicken housing can be as simple as a reclaimed child’s playhouse or as elaborate as a small mobile home. It all depends on your goals and the time and resources you are willing to invest in the project. Here are the most important things we’ve learned about chicken coops over the years. [by Jenny Cazzola]

Gardening for Butterflies

A beautiful garden can attract a number of visitors to your yard: bees, birds, and — the most exquisite of them all — butterflies. Chances are you already have a number of butterfly-attracting plants, and butterflies bring many amazing benefits to your garden. Here are four tips for creating a butterfly-friendly garden. [by Jenny Cazzola]