• Chickens: roosters; avian flu; squirrels

    Q. & A. I’m so impressed, and inspired! I have a few questions though, about animals: 1) does it require a rooster to keep the chickens laying? If so, do they crow around the clock? Answer: Hens will lay eggs without a rooster – the eggs, however, will be non fertile. To read more go […]

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  • Clay pots for irrigation

    Q. I am interested in your clay pot experience. I am in Albuquerque and have been researching and using the buried pots for over a year now. I’m curious as to what size/type of pot you used and how you are filling them. Also what type of plants did you decide to use near them? […]

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  • Los Angeles area biodiesel sources

    Q. My wife and I visited your homestead maybe a year ago to see your biodiesel processor. I have been studying the use of vegetable oil and biodiesel for some time and was impressed with your biodiesel setup. I have been able to finally afford a Volkswagen TDI and would like to run it on […]

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  • Storing fresh produce

    Q. I’ve been watching your site for a while now and it all looks great. I’ve got family in Pasadena, so maybe I’ll get to come to one of your events sometime. I was inspired to write by one of your recent posts about powering down – I think it was in the interdependence day […]

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  • Biodiesel in kerosene heaters

    Q. Very cool website and content! Could you comment further on you BioD heater? Many sources say kerosene heaters smoke and soot on BioD. How is it that yours does not ? Is that antique heater different than the modern ones ? Did you upgrade the wick ? Alex A. Using biodiesel in such heaters […]

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  • Killing invasive grasses

    Q. My yard is covered with kikuyu and bermuda grass that has spread to and taken over all of my planting beds as well. The thought of going to all the trouble to create veggie beds only to have them overrun has kept me in limbo for 7 years. In my own personal “dark ages” […]

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  • Front yard upkeep

    Q. I check in on your website everyday and I have almost since you started. My question is how much time do you have to put in your front yard? Do you have edible things in the front yard? How do you know where everything is? Your property and website are awseome, thank you for […]

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  • Reed beds

    Q. I see on your web site you have information on how to construct a reed bed. I am building 2 family cottages in Co Donegal and intend to after treat the septic tank discharge with reed beds. I have limited information available but would be interested in looking at other designs. Can you E […]

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  • Construction of arbors/trellises

    Q. I’m curious as to how you construct your arbors? Dennis Washington, DC A. Our arbors/trellises are constructed using a variety of materials–redwood, lodge poles, bamboo, pvc pipes, and recycled materials. Most are drawn up (and built) by Jules from his own design or modified to fit into our landscape from something he’s seen in […]

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  • Using biodeiesel on a non-diesel fuel engine

    Q. I drive a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. It’s a straight 4 engine that runs off low octane gasoline. It’d be great to improve its emissions. So I’m really curious as to whether biodiesel would run in it? A. Converting a gasoline engine vehicle to a diesel engine can be done but it may be costly. […]

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