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Robbie's Permaculture Bootcamp experience

 
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Day 75
Solid Friday. We installed one side of the corner section and layed out the other. We are a few sticks short so we have to cut those on Monday. Before lunch I planted Daikon Radish while Fred planted Lupine ahead of me.
After lunch Coco and I spent the rest of the day cleaning up the ant plots. we loaded and hauled materials containing mostly rocket mass heater supplies and windows to the boneyard.
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Another step forward
Another step forward
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Beautiful Lupine seeds
Beautiful Lupine seeds
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Watching Sepp's
Watching Sepp's
 
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Day 76
First full day on the plot and I didn't sow any seed. Although I did fill a couple buckets of sand to get ready.
Mostly worked on the bathroom area and set up a compost bin with pallets.
Had a wonderful lunch sitting and enjoying the scenery of birds and ground squirrels.
I should get some seeds in the ground tomorrow, maybe repair some fence too.
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Trail I was working on last weekend
Trail I was working on last weekend
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Back at it today
Back at it today
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Work with what you got
Work with what you got
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Held together with bailing wire for now
Held together with bailing wire for now
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One touched my foot today!
One touched my foot today!
 
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Hi Robbie. So you have an Ant Village plot now? You did become an Ant instead of a Boot? Or you are both Ant and Boot ... a booted ant maybe
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi Robbie. So you have an Ant Village plot now? You did become an Ant instead of a Boot? Or you are both Ant and Boot ... a booted ant maybe



I am not robbie, but ...

The bootcamp program sets each boot up with a plot after they have been here a month.  So robbie continues with the bootcamp program, but he has a plot to do his personal projects and maybe some PEP stuff, in the evenings and weekends.  
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi Robbie. So you have an Ant Village plot now? You did become an Ant instead of a Boot? Or you are both Ant and Boot ... a booted ant maybe



I am not robbie, but ...

The bootcamp program sets each boot up with a plot after they have been here a month.  So robbie continues with the bootcamp program, but he has a plot to do his personal projects and maybe some PEP stuff, in the evenings and weekends.  


Thank you, Paul. I didn't know boots had plots too. Only knew about Ant Village plots.  
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi Robbie. So you have an Ant Village plot now? You did become an Ant instead of a Boot? Or you are both Ant and Boot ... a booted ant maybe



I am not robbie, but ...

The bootcamp program sets each boot up with a plot after they have been here a month.  So robbie continues with the bootcamp program, but he has a plot to do his personal projects and maybe some PEP stuff, in the evenings and weekends.  


Thank you, Paul. I didn't know boots had plots too. Only knew about Ant Village plots.  



If I remember correctly, part of the draw of being a Boot is that after 3 months they get an Ant plot, without having to pay rent for it that year. It makes sense, then, that'd Paul would let them work on the plot before they actually get it. In many ways, I like the Boot program better than the original Ant one, as it gives the people training in homesteading skills and time to tinker and think about their plot, before they actually are an Ant.
 
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Day 77
Spent most of the day in ant village. Finally transplanted the cottonwoods and willows that went through a bit of shock from the abrupt temperature change with comfortable indoors to nights below freezing. They've been sitting in a bucket of water and mulch for about 10 days. It's been in the back of my mind the whole time but I finlly gave them a shot to spread their roots. Planted some seeds today. Prepped a bed and planted intensively with a mix of: Marigolds, Wild Thyme, Oregano, Poppies, beneficial bug mix, Rocky Mountain Beeplant, Cushion Buckwheat, Motherwort and Eggplant mixed together in sand. Followed by Bergamot, Buckwheat, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce and squash.
Brought a vermiculture sample down to basecamp to look under the microscope. I examined a compost sample and one from the garden I use to play at in Spokane as well. There was more action in the worm castings, My guess is cause the sample was taken that same day. Can't seem to find a decent program for the camera attachment that came with the microscope. It could be a Mac thing but I'm sure I'll run into something soon.
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The thicker Cottonwoods were showing signs of recovery with new roots
The thicker Cottonwoods were showing signs of recovery with new roots
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Should of sorted seeds last night
Should of sorted seeds last night
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One bed at a time
One bed at a time
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One down
One down
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Can you see the nematode? lol
 
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Day 78
Beautiful Monday. We started the overcast morning dividing comfrey and transplanted them next to the willows by the willow bank, along with a few hollyhocks close by.
Fred ran me through documentation for all the batteries on the properties before we finished the battery maintenance for the month.
The sun burned the clouds away as we drove up to the lab to cut a few trees for the berm shed roof. On the way up we set up a charger for the batteries in the outdoor kitchen next to Cooper Cabin, checked the batteries in Rex and tinkered with the electric fence at the bee hut. There's a short somewhere and the repairs we attempted didn't seem to fix the problem. Paul was saying that the fence should only activte when there is contact to more than one wire, but it will shock you if you touch one so we didn't find it.
We drove up by Zack's pond to harvest the trees for the berm shed. They were killed from a wildfire that passed through for the best pick.
We drove down for lunch and spent the rest of the day working on the berm shed. We are a couple steps from finishing the roof phase of the section we've been working on and will stack up the wall so we can cover with tarps and dirt to finish.
Learned about mulch basins, slip tanks, and pipes for airflow to prevent anaerobic conditions.
I'd like to install a mulch basin for my mom's mango tree to keep the roots from creeping into their plumbing.
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Dividing Comfrey
Dividing Comfrey
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Planting comfrey
Planting comfrey
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Hollyhocks
Hollyhocks
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Batteries charging in the outdoor kitchen
Batteries charging in the outdoor kitchen
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Also learned about a galley pump
Also learned about a galley pump
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Electric fence troubleshooting
Electric fence troubleshooting
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Not more clicking at least
Not more clicking at least
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Found another frayed wire
Found another frayed wire
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Berm shed materials
Berm shed materials
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Doug ready to roll
Doug ready to roll
 
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Day 79
Helped out with Fred's plot today. We hauled a few loads of brush to layer on the berm fence. After lunch we planted pintos, black beans and a variety of legume trees.
Today was a change up with Tiki Tuesday and it was a homerun. For desert we had tapioca pudding with a delicious apricot syrup Jocelyn whipped up from apricots that Fred harvested last year.
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Morning sunshine shining over the brush pile
Morning sunshine shining over the brush pile
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Bit more weight this time
Bit more weight this time
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Ready for the second layer
Ready for the second layer
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Pintos and Black Beans
Pintos and Black Beans
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Those are some big Turtle beans (pre-soaked)
Those are some big Turtle beans (pre-soaked)
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Wild Lupine surrounded by fertilizer
Wild Lupine surrounded by fertilizer
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Thunder cell
Thunder cell
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Kinnikinnick
Kinnikinnick
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I've only heard it as Uva Ursi
I've only heard it as Uva Ursi
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Planting nitrogen fixing trees
Planting nitrogen fixing trees
 
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Day 80
Wednesday already and we threw a jab at the berm shed. Started off removing a couple sticks that were spiked in at the end of the roof. We tried to pry with a crowbar but it wouldn't budge so we ended up using a sledge hammer to hit it out. Took a few hits with some elbow grease but popped right out. Cut beams flush above the sidewall and drilled a new hole in one of them to replace a rebar that left with a cut. Moved logs around for the walls, cut to size and braced them with wire to keep from rolling away until the dirt does. With a few more logs the walls will be done and we should be talking about adding tarp once we touch up the roof.
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Fred demonstrating splitting wood with metal in it using a rock hammer
Fred demonstrating splitting wood with metal in it using a rock hammer
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Rebar ready to go in
Rebar ready to go in
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