Or, Microbial Monet.
I don’t know what I was expecting as I pulled my quilt square out of the ground, but certainly not the intense rose and gray with highlights of yellow that emerged. How does that happen?
My quilt square was folded as you see here, buried about 1 1/2′ below the soil surface and stayed there 15 days. It was dry when I buried it, then we had some rain, though not a great deal yet at that point. More has come since then.
I’ll be sending my square back to Erin shortly and will watch anxiously for news of other squares, other observations and other ideas. Here’s some more background on the project: http://www.hilltopcommunityfarm.org/farm-blog/2015/3/29/let-the-soil-speak