Basin’s Backyard Garden planting tomorrow

Tomorrow begins the 2016 growing season for Basin’s Backyard Garden!

garden markers

One of many new and improved aspects to Basin’s Backyard Garden – waterproof crop markers!

We’ll be planting crops with the help of Highland Acres 1st and 2nd graders this year! (Check out how that went last year: Highland Acres kids, worms, and a new garden planted)

The garden volunteers gathered together on April 21 to talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what we wanted to do to make this year the best yet

Here are the highlights:
We will stick with mostly the same crops as last year. We will exclude the cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage because they were more trouble than they were worth. We will add sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, Brussels sprouts, and bring back big bad zucchini! Special requests were made for little tomatoes, so they’ll be back as well.

We had our graphics area develop waterproof garden markers (see above), which will hopefully stand up better than what we’ve used in the past.

For donating/weeding/harvesting duties, we put together an online schedule for gardeners to fill in when they’d like to help. VolunteerSpot is our tool of choice.

We are inviting Basin Electric retirees to be added to our email list of gardeners, encouraging them to sign up to help especially with donations, because that can be difficult to do during the work day.

We are planning to hold food drives throughout the year, asking for items specific to the crops we’d be harvesting around that time. For example, when we’re harvesting basil/lettuce, we might declare that week Italian Food Drive Week, asking specifically for shelf-stable pasta, bread, parmesan cheese, salad dressing, croutons, spaghetti sauce, etc. We thought this might be a fun way to collect more food to bring along on our food pantry donations.

Note: If you’re a Basin Electric employee or retiree and want to get on our email list, let Tracie Bettenhausen know at


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