Lincoln County OSU Extension Master Gardeners pulled what little was left to harvest this past week at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Community Garden. What looked like zucchini, rhubarb, and a few other assorted vegetables were yanked out and cleaned for a quick trip to the Newport Food Pantry. Then they really went to work.
The Master Gardener volunteers began pulling up the remnants of plants that had done their job for the season. They left the perennials like artichokes, blueberries and strawberries right in the ground. They turned the soil smoothed it out and then limed it up pretty well to help put the soil back into its proper PH balance – acid to alkali. Then they heaped on the straw and mixed it in to keep the soil well aerated during the winter.
The life cycle of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden is like any other, except that its cooler location right on the coast means it’s hard getting strawberries to grow, along with tomatoes. But they do real well on just about everything else.
Next March the Master Gardeners will be back adding soil amendments. Not long afterthat the Master Gardeners will reappear at Sam Case School and have the kids plant new vegetable seeds in little plant starter containers. They’ll place them inside the school’s greenhouse which will cause them to sprout quickly. Then in late May or early June the starter plants are transferred to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden and planted in the garden boxes.
The first harvest is usually in early July and then pretty much all summer long since the veggies tend to mature on their own schedule. Then a final harvest occurs in October. And then in November, the cycle repeats itself with the winterization as outlined above.
Anyone who would like to become part of this time honored life cycle of gardens can apply to the Lincoln County OSU Extension Master Gardener program. You’ll learn a lot about healthy food and how to grow it as well as other horticultural programs. For information call 541-574-6534. You can also get complete information on the Master Gardener website. Just click here.