Basin’s Backyard Garden wraps up first season in a colorful way

Monday was the last hurrah for Basin’s Backyard Garden. Garden volunteers worked on two projects.  First, Karen Will and Lori Leier decorated a display with pumpkins and corn stalks from the garden at the front of Headquarters.

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Karen Will (left) and Lori Leier (right) pose next to the garden display they put together. It can be seen as you enter Headquarters.

Then, Amy Spilman, Chris Gessele and Lindsey DeKrey worked on cleaning out the garden.

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Amy Spilman carries a load of corn stalks out of the garden.

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Chris Gessele (left) and Lindsey DeKrey (right) work together to pull out corn stalks.

In its first season, nearly 500 pounds of produce was donated from the garden. Thank you to all of the garden volunteers involved. You made it possible. We are so proud and look forward to an even bigger and better growing season next year!

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Basin’s Backyard Garden makes final donation of the season

Tomatoes from Basin's Backyard Garden

The final donation from Basin’s Backyard Garden was 37 lbs. of all different kinds of tomatoes that were given to the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry.

Today, the very last donation of produce from Basin’s Backyard Garden was delivered. Garden volunteers Tracie Bettenhausen, Karen Will and Lindsey DeKrey took the 37 pounds of tomatoes to the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry. This marked the third donation from the garden to the food pantry. Read previous stories here: Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers donate 122 lbs. to food pantry and Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers donate to food pantry.

Watch for stories tonight about the last donation on KFYR-TV and KX News. Look for a photo or two tomorrow in the Bismarck Tribune by photographer Mike McCleary.

Gail Leary with the food pantry was interviewed about the need they’re facing as the population grows.

Basin’s Backyard Garden helps decorate for fall

On our blog we’ve shared plenty of gardening tips with you in the past. Today, we have a  decorating tip coming from Effie Carr, Basin Electric senior administrative assistant, that will make your home look like it should belong in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Carr recently stopped by Basin’s Backyard Garden and grabbed some corn stalks to use in her fall decorating at home. She paired the stalks with pumpkins outside of her front door and the final product looks great! Check out the photo below for inspiration.

Don’t miss out on decorating your own home for fall. Stop by the garden and pick up some stalks for yourself. There’s plenty more to go around. It’s a unique way to make use of more than just the produce from the garden!

Corn Stalk Decor from Basin's Backyard Garden

Effie Carr, Basin Electric senior administrative assistant, uses corn stalks form Basin’s Backyard Garden to decorate for fall.

Basin Electric’s own pumpkin patch

There are several vegetables still growing and thriving in Basin’s Backyard Garden. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see them.

But the star of the garden these days are the pumpkins.

Orange pumpkin in Basin's Backyard Garden.

Orange pumpkin in Basin’s Backyard Garden.

There are about 15 of them in various stages of growth. Some are large and in charge, orange as a setting sun. Some are imiature and green, more of a gourd than a pumpkin.

Basin Electric garden volunteers will soon vote on what to do with the beauties. For now, consider stopping by the garden for a look at the magical little pumpkin patch.

Pretty light green pumpkin in Basin's Backyard Garden.

Pretty light green pumpkin in Basin’s Backyard Garden.