Posts in Zone One
A Slow and Steady Spring Breakout

Aside from the snowstorm in December and the polar vortex plummeting temperatures for a few days, this winter was mostly mild. My greenhouses weren’t able to sustain plant life over the off-season, but I’d like to try planting earlier in the Autumn next time around.

I was however able to grow some collards beginning in February, and I started most of this Spring’s vegetable garden from seeds in February too. Aside from the collards, everything else has been very slow to take-off. I definitely think I started planting rather early this season, (which is fine because it’s making everything grow hardy), but in the future, I may want to either start seeds inside or wait longer. Inside, I was able to do some Lions Mane mushrooms, and would like to continue exploring growing them as well.

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Experimenting With Bee Hotel Placement

Over the last year, wild bee advocacy has become one of my clearest passions. While there are lots of ways we can engage in advocacy for these animals, the creation of bee hotels occupies an emergent market niche that I believe has the potential to become as common as birdhouses, given a few years of design innovation and market saturation to reach a wider audience. The effects of this market’s growth could have a tremendously positive impact on dwindling wild bee populations around the world.

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Creative Ways to Protect Your Plants From Frost

As we head into spring planting this season, it’s important to protect your new seedlings from any lingering frost or cold snaps. For this reason, some folks will keep their new sprouts indoors until it’s definitely warmer.

Others either lack indoor space or are eager to get their gardens started. In this post I’ll look at four ways you can plan ahead with your garden design to protect your baby sprouts from any cold weather you may still experience before spring fully returns.

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Zone OnePat Mosley
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
When is the Best Time to Plant?

Planning ahead is critical for every garden project. And when you’re just getting started, it’s easy to get tripped up on knowing when to actually start planting. Can you really start in February? Are the little charts on the backs of some seed packets really accurate? These questions and others like them present a challenge for newbie gardeners. In this post I’ve highlighted four key resources to help you out. Together they form the strategy I personally use for my garden plans.

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Zone OnePat Mosley
A Cold And Wet Autumn

With the recent winter solstice, I wanted to do a quick check-in about the projects happening here at my home microstead.

While at autumn equinox I had planned to do a cover crop for green manure this winter, I wound up planting a quick experiment to see how much the growing season here can be extended. Unfortunately, rather than the mild, sunny days of winters past, we were treated to a cloudy and wet autumn that has significantly stunted—if not entirely halted—the growth of my experiment.

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