We decided to postpone planting until next Monday after learning this week that the sprinklers won’t be up and running until Monday.
The sprinklers are our only real, large-scale source of moisture, other than Mother Nature, and the ground is extremely dry. Not good for young plants! (We’re not counting on the rainy forecast. That said, if by making this decision it causes it to rain, we’re happy!)
We will now plan to plant the garden at4 p.m. on Monday, June 2. Here’s to giving our young garden a sure-thing, fighting chance.
Six garden volunteers got together after work yesterday to create the walkways within the garden. In under an hour, they measured and cut the landscape fabric, staked down the fabric, and spread mulch over the top. Now, with the garden … Continue reading →
Several volunteers put their gardening expertise to use yesterday morning in a meeting to map out Basin’s Backyard Garden.
The volunteers were careful to arrange the garden so that the right plants will receive enough sun throughout the day. They also made sure the plants that will be closest to each other are compatible. Check out the rough draft of the garden in the image. Thanks to Andrew Brown, Basin Electric power supply engineer I, for his drawing expertise!
The volunteers determined there should be some walkways within the garden. The plan is that a group of volunteers will lay down landscape fabric and then pile on mulch that facilities will dump by the garden next Tuesday.
“Laying down the wood chips is going to be work, but it’s for Basin’s garden and we want it to look good,” Deb Levchak, Basin Electric senior staff counsel, says. “It’ll be worth it.”
If you would like to help stake down the fabric, and spread the mulch on the fabric on Tuesday (May 27) at 5 p.m., let Tracie Bettenhausen know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget, we plant next Friday at 2 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Steve Ellefson, Basin Electric chief auditor, donated 36 pepper plants to Basin’s Backyard Garden.
After keeping up a garden at home for many years, one Basin Electric employee decided to do something different that wouldn’t require as much work. For a few years now, Steve Ellefson, chief auditor, has been starting seeds indoors and then giving them to family, friends and co-workers.
“It’s one way my wife and I are able to celebrate spring without having to take care of a big garden. It’s easier and I like being able to share the plants with everyone,” Ellefson says.
Ellefson donated 36 of his pepper plants to Basin’s Backyard Garden. “I began planting them in early March. When I found out about the garden I knew it would be a fun place to watch the peppers grow,” Ellefson says. “It’ll be a good home for them.”
Ellefson gave a variety of different kinds of pepper plants to the garden including jalapenos, habaneros, California Wonders and Carolina Reapers. “The California Wonders are a sweeter pepper and the Carolina Reapers are supposed to be hotter than habanero peppers. This is the first year I’ve done any of those,” Ellefson says.
Soon the pepper plants will move from their cozy cups by the window sill to a plot of fresh black soil on the front lawn.
Moving the dirt for the garden will begin tomorrow. Stay tuned!