Posts in Zone One
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
My Compost Has Joined the Ecosystem!

They aren’t technically worms—but they’re what look like maggots or Black soldier fly larvae. From my understanding, like earthworms, these critters are great for breaking down organic matter into compost. They are known to not carry the diseases or parasites like other flies, and are apparently some of the best decomposers you can hope to attract to your compost.

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Vermiculture, Zone OnePat Mosley
Fruits of My First Season: Seeds Believe in Sunlight

One of the affirmations I developed for myself at this time was ‘seeds believe in sunlight.’ As I planted mine—unsure that anything would grow—I put my own belief in self in the soil with them. I prayed for sunlight alongside them. I prayed that we would root and grow from the darkness and isolation we felt at the beginning of the season.

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Zone OnePat Mosley