By CHERYL SCHWEIZER
MOSES LAKE — Even at the end of June there’s still time to grow a flourishing garden, and the City of Moses Lake has some ground available. A Moses Lake city employee has donated $50 to help a family get started gardening on a city plot.
The season ends Oct. 31, said city communications and marketing specialist Lynne Lynch. Garden plots are available for rent; prices range from $11 to $32 for the season, depending on the size. Water is included in the price of the plot, Lynch said.
The city has extensive garden plots at 317 Alder St., so many they straddle both sides of Fourth Avenue. “This year marks the third year Yadira Ortiz and her family have used the city’s gardening plots to grow their own fresh produce,” Lynch wrote.
“They experience the entire range of gardening, from planting to cleaning the plots at the end of the season. In between, there’s plenty of weeding and watering to do.” Ortiz and her family grow corn, tomatoes, hot peppers, onions, watermelon, green beans, carrots, pumpkins and zucchini in the city plot. The city garden “is a great place because it has sunlight all day,” Ortiz said.
“One thing I enjoy about gardening is that we do it as a family. It’s interesting seeing the results of our hard work,” Ortiz said. “It feels great taking home a full bucket of fresh vegetables.”
People who want to rent a garden plot can register at the Moses Lake Parks and Recreation office, 411 S. Balsam St., or online at apm.activecommunities.com/moseslake.
Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.