Master Gardener Liz Olsen, in the yellow slicker, and a band of her fellow master gardeners, braved the elements Friday as they pulled out tray after tray of starter pots for what will be a rich and lush harvest of fresh vegetables later this Summer at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Community Garden, at the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
It’s an annual ritual as these hearty souls, with visions of fresh veggies dancing in their heads, prepare to hand off some of the planting and growing duties to a class of students at Sam Case, where the green house is located. Olsen and a number of other master gardeners will supervise those plantings in these pots that they are pre-sterilizing with bleach before any potting soil gets in them. They will soon hold little sprouts of peas, beans, lettuce, squash, radishes, bell peppers and other garden yummies that will be incubated in the Sam Case School green house. Once they’re large enough to withstand the elements at the lighthouse garden they’ll be transported up there by the students who will then assist in tending to them to ensure a bountiful harvest later in the Summer.
A few additional pictures have been included to demonstrate what is in store for the agrarian faithful who chip in and keep the garden well weeded. Some of the harvest goes to Food Share so that less fortunate families can share in Mother Nature’s splendid offerings.
Olsen says they’re looking ahead to someday enjoying a larger green house at Sam Case School since, with the current one, it’s hard to get more than a few kids inside at a time to tend to the budding veggies. She said they’re putting on their thinking caps to figure out how to pull that off. She figures the sticker price on a big enough green house would run upwards to five thousand dollars.
This week, the kids will converge at the green house and begin planting seeds. Ah, a sweet rite of Spring. We’ve certainly had enough rain!