Lincoln County Master Gardeners converged on the grounds of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse near the south end of the bridge to practice their seasonal ritual of taking seedlings, started by Sam Case Elementary youngsters, and transplanting them into raised growing beds just east of the lighthouse itself. They had planned to have to kids participate but due to a scheduling glitch, the kids couldn’t make it.
Master Gardener Sonja Lovas said the kids who couldn’t make it were able to take part in last year’s harvest so they know what the fruits of their labor look like.
Today, Lovas and her fellow green thumbers planted radishes, squash, all kinds of greens including kale and lettuce, broccoli, beans, Zucchini potatos, onions and celery. Even some cherry tomatos. They’ll check on how things are growing over the next few weeks and anticipate an early harvest of celery and other greens.
All the food grown is destined for Lincoln County’s repository for food for the economically distress – Food Share, based in Newport, which serves most of the food pantries around the county.
As you can see, learning how to be a Master Gardener and actually doing the work is a lot of fun and very educational. You get to understand how to make a power packed growing bed along with the nutritional information that makes for healthier eating and better living.
If you’d like to poke around with the idea of becoming a Master Gardener, you can visit them online by clicking here.