OSU Master Gardeners were out in today’s bright, if slightly breezy sun, to perform their fourth (or fifth?) harvest of the season. A lot of sun this summer has really caused the vegetables, herbs and other plants at the Lighthouse Garden to really shoot up fast and tall.
Today these master gardeners harvested more turnips, radishes, rhubarb, carrots, beets, lettuce and artichokes. When they return later in the month for another “garden pull,” they’ll be grabbing more peas, beans, broccoli, lettuce, artichokes and carrots.
This particular harvest confirmed a suspicion that Master Gardener Liz Olsen had – the kiddies in the spring planted the seedlings a little too close together which cramped the style of some of the vegetables. Some of the outcompeted plants were still viable and so were replanted, with lots more breathing and growing room around them. They’ll be harvested later in the season.
Every spring the Master Gardeners make a beeline for Sam Case Elementary in Newport and head for their new outdoor greenhouse behind the school. The kids file in and combine rich soil with seeds eventually creating seedlings that are transplanted to the Lighthouse Garden, atop Government Hill at the overlook. The kids are brought out in the late spring to help with the transplants and to spruce things up and then return in the fall for the last of the harvest.
All the food from the Lighthouse Garden makes its way to the Newport Food Pantry on 12th Street and the St. Stephens Food Pantry across from the Church near 9th and Hubert.
The entire life cycle of gardening is provided by the good folks at Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener program. They fan out all over Lincoln County from Lincoln City to Yachats and teach anyone interested how to grow successful gardens and get the unadulterated benefits of truly fresh food on the table.
Master Gardeners have a very full schedule of special events during Master Gardener Week next month.
* Sunday, August 17th, 12-3, it’s the Yachats Open House and Garden Tour happening all over town.
* Monday August 18th, 11-1, big Master Gardener demonstration at Oregon Coast Community College Lincoln City.
* Tuesday, August 19th, 10-Noon, Food Preservation Demonstration at OSU Lincoln County Exension Office, Newport.
* Wednesday, August 20th, 1-3pm, Master Garden at Oregon Coast Community College, Newport (South Beach), locally grown Master Gardener Tomato Tasting Competition.
* Thursday, August 21,10-Noon, Tour of a local Master Gardener’s Native Garden, Newport.
* Friday, August 22, 2-4pm, Adaptive Gardening Master Gardener Presentation at Oceanview Assisted Living, site of our upcoming new demonstration garden.
* Saturday, August 23rd,1-3pm, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden, coastal edible school garden with family activities.
* Sunday, August 24th, 12-3pm, Compost Demonstration & Food Preservation info table, Yachats, West 7th Street, garden tours and composting demonstration.