It's Been A While
The summer has been busy and time is flying by. Fall is almost upon us and it's been months since I've posted here! I thought that I'd share a little bit about what we've been up to since the last post. Below is a photo-journal summarizing some of the highlights of the summer. Don't forget to scroll throughout the photos to see all the action!
The end of spring/beginning of summer found me managing this greenhouse space outside of Bozeman through my new business, Ecoworks LLC.
The greenhouse sits within this terraced crater garden with a small pond in the center. As time passed, the already time-consuming task of planning, planting, and maintaining the greenhouse expanded into tending the garden, too. Now, I really have my hands full!
A few progress pics from the greenhouse and crater. The greenhouse and garden both experience their share of issues. Working towards solutions to these problems continues to provide me with invaluable lessons.
The place is teaming with life: big bees, little bees, lacewings, every instar of ladybugs, ambush bugs, aphids, pear slugs, more species of plants than you can shake a stick at (boo yellow sweet clover!), and even a handful of fungi! That's not all; the rest have just escaped the camera for now...
I did find some time to lend a hand to some of our friends over at Rathvinden Farm and Sanctuary for the installation of their new pond. (don't worry, it filled up nicely! These pics were just the beginning!)
My partner has also introduced me to beekeeping. All of the bees that we're working with are from swarms that we collected. The first swarm was in the crook of a fence and the second was a ground swarm. The first one proved to be queen-less so Jona combined them using a paper barrier so that they could acclimate to each others scents as they chewed through it. They're going strong now!
A couple of other projects included constructing a geodesic dome for some of Jona's soil building and micro-livestock ventures as well as assisting our friend with roofing her tiny house/wagon creation.
Last but most certainly not least, the fungi! We managed to go on a few forays this summer. We found a pleasing array of mushrooms at well over 9,000ft in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness. Even with the snow in August, Amanitas, Suilus, and even a few Boletus were popping up!
We've also been foraging out in the Gallatin range. Many of these fungi we're familiar with or take the time to ID. The rest we just admire, photograph, and leave to spread their spores! Not pictured here is the respectable haul of Lycoperdon perlatum (common or gem-studded puffball) that we took home for dinner!
Our friends at Broken Ground invited us to inoculate their property. We installed some Hypsizygus ulmarius and Stropharia rugoso-annulata to add to the diversity of their garden installations. We also found some fungi who already call Broken Ground home including Birds Nest Fungi (Nidulariaceae sp.), Agrocybe praecox, some jelly fungi, and some tiny-little-cute-white-fungi that are so small as to be difficult to ID.
That pretty much brings us up to speed! Look for our upcoming posts to see what we're getting into this fall.