There were a lot of weeds to attack in Basin’s Backyard Garden. Over the weekend, Sheila Renner put a nice dent in the weedy population, but she raised the alarm: “… get the rest of the weeds under control.” So … Continue reading
Today was sort of a last-minute, get-er-done kind of day. Since the hand-watering was coming to an end due to a temporary sprinkler system installed, volunteers had been taking a breather. But today we finally got the mulch spread out … Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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!