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Clayton's Bootcamp Experience

 
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BRK Day 13

Glad you're enjoying Greg!

It rained again yesterday so I spent most of the day working on the table (now officially known as "the dock", you'll see why) but I did take advantage of a break in the rain to do some chop and drop.
I built a miniature 'fog harp' in the evening, the multi color thread is because the only thread I had on hand was a sewing kit (thanks mom, it did come in handy for something).
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Table with a round spine
Table with a round spine
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Paul flattening the spine so it's level with the two other supports
Paul flattening the spine so it's level with the two other supports
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My mini fog harp
My mini fog harp
 
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BRK Day 14

Yesterday was pretty relaxed. I built an (embarrassingly bad) firewood rack. We got a new boot named Steve.

Here's a video from a few days ago of Josiah cobbing the door of the cyclone heater and talking about it

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Scott taking a much deserved nap
Scott taking a much deserved nap
 
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BRK Day 15

Yesterday Orin, Steve (a new boot) and I spent the morning working on Orin's plot. After lunch we gave Steve a quick tour of the lab.
I spent most of the afternoon relaxing and getting some reading in

Tips and Tricks:
  • All mustards are edible! And all can be identified by having four petals, four sepals, and six stamens (four tall two short)

  •     disclaimer: don't go around eating wild plants because I said so. It is your responsibility to fully identify and determine the safety of any wild edible before consumption
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    Puffball mushroom on Lot 5 going to spore. Fred has big plans for the spores
    Puffball mushroom on Lot 5 going to spore. Fred has big plans for the spores
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    Pennycress we harvested off the edible, bitter but delicious. You can tell it's part of the mustard family by the fact that the flower has four petals and six stamens
    Pennycress we harvested off the edible, bitter but delicious. You can tell it's part of the mustard family by the fact that the flower has four petals and six stamens
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    Fred dragging a log down the volcano with the tractor
    Fred dragging a log down the volcano with the tractor
     
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    BRK Day 16

    Yesterday we spent most of the day working on junk pole fence and hugels at the Abby. I had what is likely my oddest task to date, which was to drive the housekeeper back to Missoula after her boyfriend/ride got arrested.
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    New hugel layed out on the side of Allerton Abby
    New hugel layed out on the side of Allerton Abby
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    Josiah standing on top of a now very tall hugel
    Josiah standing on top of a now very tall hugel
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    A short design discussion about the fence
    A short design discussion about the fence
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    Scott driving the tractor for the first time. Go Scott!
    Scott driving the tractor for the first time. Go Scott!
     
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    BRK Day 17

    Yesterday morning we mulched the hugels (they actually look like a garden now!). After that, some boots went off to collect hugel wood from outside the to-be fence line while a few others carved paths into the completed hugels.
    We spent the whole afternoon doing chop and drop

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    Rex moving a haybale
    Rex moving a haybale
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    Hugels look a lot different covered in mulch
    Hugels look a lot different covered in mulch
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    Before
    Before
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    After
    After
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    Gremlins not pleased I'm passing by her kiittens
    Gremlins not pleased I'm passing by her kiittens
     
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    BRK Day 18

    It rained yesterday so we spent the morning working on the dock. It still needs the end and lots of finishing work, but most of the decking is installed!
    The rain slowed down in the afternoon so I did chop and drop again.

    Tips and Tricks:
  • Knapweed kinda sorta looks like mustard. It does NOT taste like mustard (yuck)
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    Baby apple(?) tree
    Baby apple(?) tree
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    In a decade or so this whole area will be a small orchard... so exciting!
    In a decade or so this whole area will be a small orchard... so exciting!
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    Working on the dock
    Working on the dock
     
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    BRK Day 19

    Yesterday I did chop and drop at base camp all morning. The hugels are looking well chopped!
    In the afternoon we planted the three sisters on the new hugels at the Abby (woot!) and then came back and did chop and drop on the lower berm over the parking lot.
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    Hard to see, but theres holes in the hay where seeds are planted
    Hard to see, but theres holes in the hay where seeds are planted
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    The boots may not sit here much, but Apollo sure enjoys it
    The boots may not sit here much, but Apollo sure enjoys it
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    Knapweed witth a nice long root I pulled up
    Knapweed witth a nice long root I pulled up
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    Vibrant cones forming on a conifer near Apricot Alley
    Vibrant cones forming on a conifer near Apricot Alley
     
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    BRK Day 20

    Yesterday we spent the morning doing junk pole fence at the Abby, then came back and continued to seed/transplant onto the hugels at base camp.

    Last night was also the first unofficially official boot permaculture documentary night, featuring Desert or Paradise.

    Tips and Tricks:
  • You can plant tomatoes right up to their first leaves, and they'll grow roots off what was the stem!
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    Sprayed roundup for the first time. Just kidding. It's compost tea!
    Sprayed roundup for the first time. Just kidding. It's compost tea!
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    Maybe one of my tulsi basil seedlings?
    Maybe one of my tulsi basil seedlings?
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    Maybe another of a different variety?
    Maybe another of a different variety?
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    Stained my hand red chopping beats for dinner
    Stained my hand red chopping beats for dinner
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    Putting the labs in Wheaton Labs
    Putting the labs in Wheaton Labs
     
    Bring me the box labeled "thinking cap" ... and then read this tiny ad:
    3D Plans - Pebble Style Rocket Mass Heater - now FREE for a while
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