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!! Jen’s Boot Camp and Allerton Abbey Experience

 
Jennifer Richardson
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All the yellow flowers!

(BRK Day 4)
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Kerry Rodgers
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wow, love the pics!  Did you have to do something special for the bee pics, or can the fancy phone that by itself?
 
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Thanks, Kerry! It’s just my phone camera; I am pretty amazed by how good it is compared to my old one, which finally died about the time I arrived at Wheaton Labs.
 
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Wow, the Abbey sure has progressed a ton since last year Jen.  What a difference a year makes.  Imagine it in 1 more, 5 more, 10 more!  Will be completely amazing.  Truly great work.
 
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(BRK Day 5)
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Snowberry clearwing
Snowberry clearwing?
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Filling up my truck with grass we scythed for mulch
Filling up my truck with grass we scythed for mulch
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Josiah and Apollo chilling in front of the hugels
Josiah and Apollo chilling in front of the hugels
 
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Thanks, Greg! It’s exciting to see it progressing!
 
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(BRK Day 6)
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Josiah filming Scott making cloches
Josiah filming Scott making cloches
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Fred doing some soil microscopy
Fred doing some soil microscopy
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Baby asparagus!
Baby asparagus!
 
Kerry Rodgers
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Ah, Jen, such an awesome post!  

Since Fred doesn't post, any chance you'd give a brief summary of the Soil Microscopy Program at Wheaton Labs?  What did Fred et al see, and what are their goals for the soil?
 
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Hey Kerry,

Josiah made up some aerated compost tea from our pile at the Abbey today, so I got out the microscope this evening after work while the other boots were cooking dinner and took a sample of the tea to check out the microbiology, then everyone took a turn at the microscope. The results were pretty encouraging—very active, lots of critters from the upper trophic layers. When we did microscopy last year on our soil, the biota were mostly from lower trophic layers and not very abundant—not unexpected for our mostly immature soil. The compost tea should definitely help things—we have enough organic matter on the basecamp hugels that inoculating them with this soil life should take, IMO. We are seeing a lot more earthworms, as well. I would like to take some soil samples for additional microscopy, and will try to remember to post the results here. I think Josiah might have gotten some pictures or video on his phone through the microscope; if it turned out at all, I bet you’ll be able to see it on his thread!
 
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Went walking in the woods up on the Lab today.

(BRK Day 7)
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Asparagus in the creek—how did it get there?
Asparagus in the creek—how did it get there?
 
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