• Cob ovens in rainy, cold climates

    Q. Today’s question (I’m sure there will be more to come): Would a cob oven be O.K. in a Southern Ontario Canadian Winter or would I have to store it indoors for the winter? A. Cob is great anywhere! In cold and rainy climates folks build permanent structures for their cob oven to protect from […]

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  • Plants in driveway strip

    Q. What “low growing herbs” did you put in that lovely driveway strip? I know you park the biodiesel Suburban there at times – don’t you worry about drips from the car getting on your herbs? Perhaps biodiesel is less toxic than conventional (but I thought Justin said it was caustic) and probably the Suburban […]

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  • Eggs, cheese, and vegetarianism

    Q. Do you eat eggs? I know you are vegetarians, but I was wondering. A. “Vegetarian” is different than laco-ovo vegetarian or even vegan. Basically we do not eat meat but yes on dairy and eggs (thanks to our very own egg producers) In the dairy department we mostly eat cheese and prefer raw cheese […]

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  • Staking tomato plants

    Q. What do you use to tie up your tomatoes? A. Homemade bamboo trellis and natural twine.

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  • Ollas and mosquitoes

    Q. We are looking seriously at your Ollas for fall (we have now taken up a 4 ft x 20 strip of the front lawn for veg. (grin)) but I’m worried about mosquito issues. Do you cap ’em? A. Glad to see your interest in this ancient and efficient method of irrigation. The hole/opening isn’t […]

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  • Homemade jam sweeteners and pectin links

    Q. I am curious about your jam recipes. Do you use sugar or honey? And do you buy commercial pectin? I have been trying different combinations of sugar and honey, pectin, no pectin. Can one make homemade pectin, I wonder? A. I would prefer using honey, but because of the cost (and until our honey […]

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  • Soil fertility methods

    Q. Would appreciate a more in depth explanation of steps you take to maintain soil fertility; what else besides rock dust? Or do you use only compost and rock dust? A. This year (2007), we are weaning ourselves off organic NPK fertilizers. We use a no till method of planting, mulch heavily and build up […]

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  • Elderberry wine recipe link

    Q. Would you please share your elderberry wine recipe? A. You can find different variations online here’s one: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques30.asp

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  • How to make homemade wine link

    Q. What a great garden. I have been reading your posts and going over your site for the past year and you have given me much encouragement here in Nova Scotia, Canada to make raised beds and grow my own garden and plant some raspberries and strawberries. I see you made homemade grape wine with […]

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  • SIX DAYS IN NEW ORLEANS

    Scenes from New Orleans SIX DAYS IN NEW ORLEANS: November 2005 – by Jordanne, Anais & Justin Dervaes Open the thesaurus and find the word “desolation.” All those synonyms and more could describe what we saw last week when we spent a busy six days in New Orleans. Ten weeks after the crippling damage from […]

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