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Cool boulders to protect the new hydrant in front of the berm shed. #usingthesurplus #problemisthesolution #gotrocks (um, didn't mean it *that* way! )

The bucket is upside-down in case of freezing at night that could crack the bucket if there's water in it.
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It's the elusive mermoose - captured in pfeffernuss form!!

(Now if they just come off the pan in one piece!)
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Some times the snow melt works in mysterious ways!
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Spring is happening - even in Montana!

The first pic is of a two gallon bucket filled 2/3rds full of sunchokes. This was one plant cluster from the berms around the turtle lot.

The second are (I think) dwarf Siberian irises. These were a little potted plant from the grocery store we bought to have fresh flowers in the house, then when the blooms were done, I planted them out in a hugel berm.

The third pic was a gift that I found on the path between the north end of the house and a hugel berm. They must have rolled (or were dislodged by a critter) out of the side of the berm!

Our hugel berms are still largely dormant, but with some sprouts coming to life!

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Sunchokes aka sunroots aka Jerusalem artichokes
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Irises - probably Siberian
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Sooo much going on!

Just a quick upload of willow feeder #3 in the works thanks to Bear Paw, Fred, Cliff and family,  Lane, Jesse (not Jesse Grimes), and Tuesday.
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And thanks to Josiah Wallingford, of permaethos.com, for bringing his dad, Bear Paw, out here!

 
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I think the camera lens on my old phone is scratched...though in the interest of some photos are better than none, here are a few shots from last month.

When I was harvesting edible flowers, one was occupied, so I decided to leave that one be.

Note that the auditorium was a bit junky because we were still cleaning up after the PDC and ATC workshops there AND Cliff was working on finishing the couch balcony railing.

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We have an albino wild turkey roaming about base camp.

I was shooing them out of our paddock (I want to discourage that idea before it becomes a habit!) and tried to snap a pic, though it was hard to do.

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Sometimes your garden will grow things other than vegetables, they shouldn't be dissuaded rather encouraged. It might take a different person to harvest protein but it often grows in the same garden.
 
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Rick Howd wrote:Sometimes your garden will grow things other than vegetables, they shouldn't be dissuaded rather encouraged. It might take a different person to harvest protein but it often grows in the same garden.


We used to put our kitchen scraps on the hillside in view of the kitchen window over the kitchen sink and we took to calling that window "turkey TV." Though as we were attempting to plant and mulch and grow things on the 10- to 12-foot tall hugel berms on the other side of the house, the turkeys were a HUGE problem.

They loved to walk along the top of the berms, and since they prefer not to fly, the way they dismounted the berms was to "ski" down the sides, pushing all the mulch, dirt and seeds down the side of the hugelkultur with them. Their feet are LARGE. My feet are a woman's US size 10 or 11 and their feet are almost as long as mine! After the hugels were built, I started putting the kitchen scraps under mulch in the garden beds around the house to improve the very poor, sandy soil there. The turkeys were so used to eating our kitchen scraps that they would find them under the mulch and dig them out, spraying the scraps, mulch and dirt more than 10 feet behind them! Talk about destructive! Let alone all the pea seeds, baby plants and sprouts they devour.

Here at base camp we have about 20 acres, and we have one paddock, about two acres, fenced in so far, which is to protect a large portion of our tall hugelkultur berms. Once we have enough forage, and more paddocks, we will be housing chickens in the paddocks, eventually maybe pigs, or other critters, too. We're still building soil and forage and fences though. It's a painstaking process that doesn't need the destruction of wildlife just now. Of course the chipmunks, squirrels, wood rats, rabbits, and various insects do their fair share of damage even though we've mostly kept the deer and turkeys out!

We are happy to have the wild turkeys here and roaming the rest of the acreage - just not in our one and only still under development paddock. Some of us are happy to eat them, too, though there are issues with hunting permits and such that I usually leave to others.

 
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The rocket kiln with wood stacked behind it in base camp's berm shed getting ready for the RMH jamboree that starts this Friday!
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Up to our tits in snow already! (Heh, heh!)

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base camp - up to our tits in snow!
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Plant catnip, and you, too, might attract a sentinel like this!

Go kitty!

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feral cat heard my camera clicks and turned to look at me in the bedroom window
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feral cat was staring intently at the mulch, watching and listening for movement (until I showed up at the window, noisy human!)
 
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After years of grey, damp-to-the-bones, moldy, wet winters (in the Seattle area) I love the bright beauty of Big Sky Country days like today.

Included a picture of tank traps since we've tried to describe them in podcasts.
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View on the lab / wheaton labs
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Paul after checking on the bees
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Winter sun through the trees
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Ah, found this on my phone today, from earlier this month. Kara and I walked to the top of the volcano and smudged all the way down.

It was a very happy thing. Thanks Kara!

(I snapped this photo as we walked down volcano road, which was carved out of the side of the volcano - not the most attractive back drop, unfortunately, though Kara's awesome countenance makes up for it!)
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Kara smudging base camp from the top of the volcano, down to Arrakis
 
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I somehow missed the winter pics. What a  clear blue sky in contrast to the snow...so beautiful and a reminder to myself that we are just having a bit of a 'cold spell' here not a real winter.

Smudging was a great idea...is Kara still there?

Stay warm and cozy

 
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Judith Browning wrote:I somehow missed the winter pics. What a  clear blue sky in contrast to the snow...so beautiful and a reminder to myself that we are just having a bit of a 'cold spell' here not a real winter.

Smudging was a great idea...is Kara still there?

Stay warm and cozy



I do enjoy that blue-blue sky here in winter, myself!!

Kara went home to family for the winter though plans to return in time for the PDC.

 
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So beautiful.  I love looking at it, but don't miss it. hah Thanks for putting the "tank traps" photo in, as that makes more sense to see.  Very effective!
 
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This feral resident likes us a lot now. (She loved the Big Sky Scottish Highland roast beef!) Just before winter, she had moved in under the Fisher Price House.

Paul named her Gert. <3 <3 <3
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Gert - base camp's feral cat pest control!
 
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Cats can be very useful, especially when it comes to voles.  Gert looks adorable!
 
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One more sort of crappy picture of Gert (who was very excited to be fed, so wasn't exactly holding still). The black and white cat is back again, too. It seems they do NOT get along. The black and white cat Paul christened Pepé (ala Pepé Le Pew) though perhaps he is a she - we don't know. Then maybe she would be Pepita.

Pepé/Pepita usually won't come near us at all. Though today, the black and white one was very interested that I was petting Gert and walked right past me and then toward Gert after I'd petted her. They growled at each other and went their separate ways. I told them they could be friends!

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Spring morning in Montana! Thawing during the day and freezing at night makes little frozen waterfalls along our driveway.

#wegotrocks #rockymountains
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Found Gert napping on the hay box cooker today. Yesterday I learned some think Saint Gertrude is the patron saint of cats! Who knew?
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You know you have a turkey infestation when

(a) they keep devouring your rhubarb shoots before they have a chance to get past the top of the soil line (rhubarb, no less!)

and

(b) they leave their scat on top of the picnic table!!



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Lots of green lush growth here!

My honeysuckle vine has struggled a bit. I thought perhaps because it's on the north side of our front porch and junk pole fence. Though it's coming back nicely now, even if hard to tell in this picture.

And...there are little blossom buds forming - woohoo!!


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It's morel season! Yum.

This was one person'ts harvest on the weekend. Regular / large scissors for scale.

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In early May, we had LOADS of heartleaf arnica at base camp (and probably at the lab). This was a small patch near the laundry line. Others found better patches up higher.

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kilroy on a misty moistly morning at base camp, sun just coming up over the giant hugelkultur at base camp


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Good morning!

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If I was the type to squee I would. I'll skip happily between the hugels though!
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Jesse Peterson of Wild Willow Wellness was a guest instructor at our 2018 Homesteaders PDC. She and Fred went cherry picking nearby (Fred takes foraging to an expert levell!) and I fell in love with the images Jesse captured.







The next shot might have been when they started their cherry foraging foray, which Jesse titled "Sunrise in Paradise. (Montana)"



Thanks Jesse. For so many things. <3 <3 <3 :-)

 
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Hi Jocelyn.  Montana (like BC, where I live) gets real four-phase annual seasons — that’s why we see snow in some pics from the Labs.  You folks down there are doers, not just thinkers.  Like those of us who’ve been 'on the land' for years and years, you use your backs, arms, hands…

I’ve been hoping to entice someone there at wheaton labs/Basecamp to show us how you deal with whatever need there may be for a sheltered, warmable space for building & maintaining things.  Workshop/garage space.

Even if the basecamp & Lab folks are sidestepping owning tractors, backhoes, or tillers, you probably need to maintain a truck, a car, etc.  Are those maintenance & repairing tasks accomplished in a shelter, or are they only a fair-weather thing?

I know, too, that devices like rocket heaters and ovens get built there.  Possibly this is only done in a hands-on teaching situation by visiting experts who bring with them the needed tools & equipment… and maybe you guys do these things exclusively out in the open air.  I can only guess.  Feel like telling us?


For what its worth, the workshops thread I started is here:  https://permies.com/t/62659/homestead-workshop-shed-situation
 
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Joel Bercardin wrote:
I’ve been hoping to entice someone there at Wheaton Labs/Basecamp to show us how you deal with whatever need there may be for a sheltered, warmable space for building & maintaining things.  Workshop/garage space.


Hi Joel, we have threads for that!

First, however, it likely bears repeating that there are video tours and links to more (and more!) wheaton labs info here:  http://permies.com/labs.

Here is a picture of our shop, which is some times an auditorium, and some times a dining hall (from this post in the sound and projector for the auditorium thread):



And this map, from Davin's post in the maps of wheaton labs thread, shows where the auditorium is in relation to the Fisher Price House. (Read previously in that thread to a really terrible digital drawing of mine that labels what the buildings are in this image.)



And from this berm shed thread, you'll see exterior pictures of the shop/auditorium at base camp as we were building the berm shed for even more storage.



And here is a link to the 8" Batch Box RMH in the shop/auditorium. The wood shop side of the shop even has a cottage rocket in it built by Uncle Mud at the 2017 ATC. Maybe we'll get more photos of that through this year's 2018 ATC.


 
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D'oh! That picture of the shop space set up for dining and movies, was BEFORE the couch balcony was built!

Check out this thread, https://permies.com/t/65315/permaculture-projects/couch-balcony-wood-timber-framing, for that being created. This picture shows a wall where we hang tools in the large side of the shop. The smaller side of the shop is walled off (not shown), and is what we call the wood shop, not the auditorium.



 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:D'oh! That picture of the shop space set up for dining and movies, was BEFORE the couch balcony was built!

Check out this thread, https://permies.com/t/65315/permaculture-projects/couch-balcony-wood-timber-framing, for that being created. This picture shows a wall where we hang tools in the large side of the shop. The smaller side of the shop is walled off (not shown), and is what we call the wood shop, not the auditorium.


Thanks, Jocelyn.  Good pics, and I followed the link.

So easy to find the info, if you know where to look!  LOL  You knew — so thanks for sharing.
 
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