Today Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers cleaned up the display they placed at the front of Headquarters almost exactly a month ago.
The crew used corn stalks, one sunflower, and all the pumpkins from the garden. They got the fun gourds from BisMan Community Food Co-op.
The total pounds of food donated in 2016: 964.7 pounds
Total pounds over three years: 2004 pounds
Value overall: priceless
Because of the work done in Basin’s Backyard Garden, people who may not have a garden for any number of reasons got to have the taste of fresh, sweet garden lettuce or a homegrown tomato or a first-ever kohlrabi, and you really can’t put a number on that.
A handful of the helpers: Judy Hojian, Debra Honeyman, Tracie Bettenhausen, Erin Huntimer, Della Mastel, and Lindsey DeKrey.
August 17 was such a busy harvest, we didn’t get a chance to take any photos. We brought in 87.2 pounds of cucumbers, beans, eggplant, celery, beets, zucchini, banana peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions, and donated them to Salvation Army. … Continue reading →
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 →
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 Huntimer and Anine Lambert finished sowing the Three Sisters Formation.
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.
Filling up the jugs with our temporary water tank. Thanks Darrell!
Tracey Krusi and Andrea Blowers take care of the eggplant and celery.
Fill ‘er up!
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.
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.
Jill Steinwand watering swiss chard plants. We planted some by seed, too.
Radishes on their way!
Sheila Renner was pretty pumped to see the corn she and Chris Gessele planted is coming up.
Tracey Krusi giving the tomatoes a splash.
Upon a close look, we’re not sure if these are carrots or something else. Stay tuned!
In about 45 minutes, Basin’s Backyard Garden went from freshly tilled soil to fully-planted garden. Thirty-nine first and second graders from Highland Acres Elementary School in Bismarck, ND, helped garden volunteers plant the garden on May 26. While one class was … Continue reading →
Tomorrow begins the 2016 growing season for Basin’s Backyard Garden! 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 … Continue reading →