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An Easy Way to Check Soil Texture Type

Last week I performed a quick home soil texture test to help me better prepare for spring planting. This kind of test can help you determine the best plants your garden is naturally suited for, or what basic soil additives you may want to acquire if you wish to change that.

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Zone One, DIYPat Mosley
Building a Wooden Bench

Woodwork is a hobby of mine I’m still just beginning to explore. But the other week, while working on some renovations to my laundry room, I realized I had some decent wood leftover from the shelves I took off the walls. Since they weren’t going back in as shelves, I decided to re-purpose some of the wood into a small bench.

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Woodworking, Zone One, DIYPat Mosley
Building Hoop Houses for Raised Garden Beds

As colder weather approaches, I’m experimenting with growing a few vegetables in my beds over winter. My original plan was to just use comfrey as a cover crop, but I’ve decided I’d rather try and collect some data on the full growing season in this area, given that I think our climate patterns have adjusted slightly in recent years to more traditional wisdom about what and when to grow.

Depending on where you live, hooped greenhouses like these may either extend your growing season through part of the winter, or even allow you to grow year-round.

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Zone One, DIYPat Mosley
Container Gardening Garlic and Onions

Depending on where you are located, both onions and garlic that you can grow at home may be available at local heirloom seed libraries or farming supply stores. These garlic cloves came from a friend, and the red onions came from an heirloom seed supply in Thomasville. As it turns out, I wound up with way more onions to plant than containers to plant them in, so I’m going to try and keep the rest for later when more materials become available, or compost them if they rot in the mean time.

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Zone One, DIYPat Mosley