Two sistas planting the Three Sisters

Erin Huntimer and Anine Lambert took on the important job of completing the Three Sisters Formation in Basin’s Backyard Garden June 16.

Last year was the first year we tried out that formation. Basically, once the corn is four inches tall, you plant the beans around the corn, and the squash between the corn stalks. Then, as they grow, the beans crawl up the corn and the squash keeps down the weeds. Learn more: Sowing Three Sisters formation in Basin’s Backyard Garden

Erin and Anine

Erin Huntimer and Anine Lambert finished sowing the Three Sisters Formation.

Water tank help until sprinklers are in action

Since the sprinklers at Basin Electric Headquarters won’t be in working order for another week or so, our facilities staff came to the rescue.

Darrell Schulz, Basin Electric lead environment services/maintenance coordinator, brought out a tank full of water to set beside the garden. Now, we can fill up our jugs right there by the garden.

Watering at Basin's Backyard Garden

Filling up the jugs with our temporary water tank. Thanks Darrell!

Watering at Basin's Backyard Garden

Tracey Krusi and Andrea Blowers take care of the eggplant and celery.

Watering at Basin's Backyard Garden

Fill ‘er up!

Casual for a Cause

Some garden volunteers proudly smiled for the Casual for a Cause group photo taken at the garden. Employees can wear jeans all summer by paying $125. The money goes to the Great Plains Food Bank, and the Backpacks for Kids programs through United Way and Community Action. More than 150 employees raised more than $19,500! Click the photo for the full story.

Corn sprouts competition

Corn sprouts

Andrea Diehl and Della Mastel grew corn in cups (Andrea’s on the left; Della’s on the right) like the Highland Acres kids.

When Della Mastel, Andrea Diehl, Mary Miller and Grace Baker saw they had extra cups, soil and seeds after helping the Highland Acres first and second graders plant seeds in cups, Della and Andrea took a green thumb gamble.

They each planted a few seeds of their own and set them on their office windowsills. Andrea remembered to water her corn before the long Memorial Day weekend; Della did not.

When they came back in on Tuesday, Della’s corn was beating Andrea’s corn by a long pale neck of green.

A week later, Della reports back that her corn is nine inches tall. She’s had some office mates tell her they don’t think that looks like corn.

Watering by jugs in between rainfalls

Basin’s Backyard Garden was blessed to have several days of rain following planting day May 26. Normally, we don’t depend so much on the rain because we have a sprinkler system set on our own zone.

This year, with construction and landscaping, we knew the sprinkler system wouldn’t be in place by the time we needed to plant. The rain kept us in the green for a good week.

But on June 3, after a few rainless days, we decided we’d better water the plants to keep them healthy. Gallon jugs and strong arms brought the plants a nice drink. Plus, we’re happy to see a bunch of little sprouts are coming up from the seeds!

Della Mastel watering bell peppers and jalepenos.

Della Mastel watering bell peppers and jalepenos.

Jill Steinwand watering swiss chard plants. We planted some by seed, too.

Jill Steinwand watering swiss chard plants. We planted some by seed, too.

Radishes on their way!

Radishes on their way!

Sheila Renner was pretty pumped to see the corn she and Chris Gessele planted is coming up.

Sheila Renner was pretty pumped to see the corn she and Chris Gessele planted is coming up.

Tracey Krusi giving the tomatoes a splash.

Tracey Krusi giving the tomatoes a splash.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Upon a close look, we’re not sure if these are carrots or something else. Stay tuned!