Volunteers weeding Basin’s Backyard Garden

The weeds were really starting to take over Basin’s Backyard Garden. Who could blame them? They had many days of rainy weather… followed by some nice warm sunshine.

Volunteers put on their gardening game faces and took to those pesky buggers.


How to harvest leaf lettuce

eHow leaf lettuceWe are a ways out from harvesting our lettuce. But it doesn’t hurt to have a little know-how before the time comes!

From eHow: How to harvest lettuce leaves
Leaf lettuce produces clusters of loose leaves instead of the tight heads typical of head lettuce varieties, such as iceberg and buttercrisp types. The leaves do not surround a dense heart, so you don’t have to harvest the whole plant at once. Harvesting instead takes place over the course of several weeks or months, which allows the lettuce to continue growing and producing for a longer time than head lettuce varieties.

1. Cut off the outer leaves when they are at least 2 inches long. Remove the leaves at the base of the plant but leave the inner foliage in place to continue producing.

2. Harvest the outer leaves every three to five days during the growing season. Picking the lettuce more frequently may prevent the plant from producing more foliage.

3. Harvest the entire plant before it begins to flower, usually when the average daytime temperature reaches 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut off the plant at its base, harvesting all the leaves at once.

eHow also has another article on how to harvest lettuce so the leaves keep growing. Most interesting point: Do not tear leaves; cut them instead. Read the article for why.

Quick pics of veggies popping up

So, you may have seen this sign on the garden.

Well, Tracie ran out and took stock of what’s coming up. Below are all her photo posts on Twitter today.

There is reason to be concerned about the vining plants (pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, watermelon). Didn’t see any sign of them. May be worth trying to plant them again.

Basin’s Backyard Garden is now planted

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Volunteers plant the 36 pepper plants Steve Ellefson donated to Basin’s Backyard Garden.

Planning the garden? Check.
Preparing the soil? Check.
Planting the garden? Check!

Yesterday at 4 p.m.,  the rain cleared up and thirteen garden volunteers turned out to plant Basin’s Backyard Garden. It only took about an hour to plant the entire 26 foot by 70 foot plot.

We ask that volunteers help maintain the garden by checking on it once a week or so, to see if there are weeds or anything that may have gone awry.

Check out the photos below of the #basingarden volunteers hard at work!

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Sheila Renner, administrative assistant II, plants tomatoes. We have cherry, pear, beefeater and romas.

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Bill Baer, network security analyst III, and his daughter, McKenna Baer, team up to plant peppers. We learned that peppers like to touch as they grow, so we planted two to a spot.

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Della Mastel, accounting analyst II, plants onions.

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Lacy Brousseau, accounting analyst II, labels the plants.

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Thirteen garden volunteers worked together to plant the garden in about an hour.

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Containers were placed around the pepper and tomato plants to protect them from the wind.

Basin’s Backyard Garden planting today at 4 p.m.


Come rain or shine — unless it’s hurricane-or-monsoon-level rain — we’re planting the garden today at 4 p.m. Yippee!