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!

Basin’s Backyard Garden hosts food co-op announcement

BisMan Community Food Co-op

Pre-presentation banter: Randy Joersz, BisMan Community Food Co-op general manager; Jared Barnhart, BisMan Community Food Co-op board member and former Basin Electric employee; Heidi DeMars, BisMan Community Food Co-op employee; Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of Communications and Administration.

Monday morning’s check presentation to the BisMan Community Food Co-op was a chance for employees to get a look at Basin’s Backyard Garden.

Local news captured the presentation right between the cabbage and the beans.

KXMB CBS 12: Food co-op gets big check
KFYR TV: Basin Electric donates $50,000 to food cooperative

Learn more about the food co-op’s capital campaign at bismanfoodcoop.com/capital-campaign/

Check for BisMan Community Food Co-op

Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of Communications and Administration with Randy Joersz, BisMan Community Food Co-op general manager.

Garden volunteers

Some garden volunteers take the opportunity to pose for a photo: Effie Carr, Lacy Brousseau, Della Mastel, Jill Steinwand, Casey Jacobson, and Tracie Bettenhausen.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers ready for harvest.

Sunflower

Pretty sunflower.

Tomato

Tomatoes on the vine.

Water on leaves

Droplets on cabbage leaves. Or are those broccoli or cauliflower leaves? We may never know.

Storm aftermath in Basin’s Backyard Garden

Oh, the humanity.

Oh, the humanity.

Happy to report Basin’s Backyard Garden didn’t suffer too much as a result of this weekend’s storms. The tomato buckets were thrown around, but didn’t cause damage.

As for the crops, things are doing well. The only crop that didn’t come up was the celery (other than the celery plants). Strange, but not a big setback.

Below, some quick videos done by Tracie Bettenhausen this morning, and pictures as well.

Potatoes on pace for plentiful harvest.

Potatoes on pace for plentiful harvest.

Lettuce and spinach is a couple days away from a first harvest.

Lettuce and spinach is a couple days away from a first harvest.

Cucumbers seems to be coming up fine.

Cucumbers seems to be coming up fine.

The beets and radishes are in need of thinning.

The beets and radishes are in need of thinning.

Bush beans growing.

Bush beans growing.

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.

Welcome to the jungle: Basin’s Backyard Garden edition

Volunteers will be getting out into the garden again this week. Everything is flourishing… so much so that the back half of the garden feels quite jungly. We went out and snapped some photos.