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Good Earth Community Garden

Good Earth Community Garden

BANDON — The Good Earth Community Garden growing season is right around the corner.

Bandon’s Community Garden is one of five satellite gardens of the nonprofit South Coast Community Garden Association. The garden space, located at the end of Eighth Court SW, is provided by the City of Bandon with phase 1 of the construction in 2009. Bandon residents are encouraged to join the Good Earth Community Garden and learn to garden organically.

Applications for the 2019 growing season are available at the Bandon Public Library, 101 Plants, Ace Hardware and Bandon City Hall. The cost is $10 per member, which covers insurance, and an additional $20 for a 4-foot by 12-foot plot which includes tools, fertilizer, water, some seeds and expert help with growing vegetables. Plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at one of two mandatory orientations: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3; or 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the garden.

The garden will be holding its eighth annual Plant Sale on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at the Bandon Old Town Marketplace. Garden members have already started growing organic herbs such as cilantro, thyme, lemongrass and five variety of basil to sell. They will have artichoke starts, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. There will be celery, kale, Swiss chard, and five types of squash, six types of peppers, many varieties of lettuces, and there will be hundreds of tomatoes of 20 varieties to choose from (chocolate pear, sungold, and stupice to name just a few). The silent auction items will be unique again this year and will of course include a John Towne potting bench.

This year, the series of classes will be for all levels and ages. With the one exception (*) the classes are free and held at the garden and start at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 30: Beginning Gardening, by master gardener Leslie Wirt

Saturday, May 25: Gardening with Herbs by gardening expert Jennifer Ewing

Saturday, July 13: Proper Harvesting/Watering 101 by gardening expert Jennifer Ewing

Saturday, July 20: Kids’ Gardening Class - “Critters in the Garden” by master gardener Leslie Wirt

Saturday, Aug. 10: Perennial Plant Care* by gardening expert Jennifer Ewing *This class is held at a private residence. Arrive at the Good Earth Garden for carpooling at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17: Kids’ Gardening Class - “Eating the Harvest” by master gardener Leslie Wirt

For more information, contact board president Susan Ryan at 541-373-0910 or email bandongoodearth@gmail.com. Check out the latest news on Facebook: Bandon Good Earth Community Garden.

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Bandon Western World Editor