Community Garden News – Sept 2016

The summer has been hot with lots of rain that did not help us control weeds. The beginning of fall has made our gardeners eager to plant, so we are choosing veggies that will produce in cooler weather such as cabbages, kale and Swiss chard. First, we must spade and till the beds and work in compost to condition the soil. We welcome volunteers! Our next garden work day will be this Saturday, 9/17/2016 from 8:30am – Noon.

This summer, Beatriz and her family grew several nice Sugar Baby watermelons in their garden plot. One of them was sampled by a coyote or other vermin.



One of our gardeners, Siok Hong, found an interesting vine by the compost area and decided to check it out since it looked so edible. It may be Chinese Broad Leaf or MalabarSpinach  ( She is going to stir fry it with garlic and may plant it in her bed. It will do well in our community garden beds with tents to support the vines.


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We have added two new gardeners, Siok Hong Chen-Sabot and Jacob Gardner. We also have several volunteers who work with us on workdays and with our water team. This fall, workdays will be on the third Saturday of each month from 8:30 till noon.

If  you are interested in starting a fall garden plot, please contact Nathan for more info at

Blog by Nathan

Garden Work Day -8/13/2016

Our Community Garden Workday was on Saturday August 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. David and Jane worked on their beds and cut roofing “tar paper” that we are experimenting with as a weed blocker. We have tried this on several beds and it seems to be working. We have noted that our trial bed with clear plastic over it has not worked well as a weed block. Nathan and George mowed and used a weed-eater between the beds. We are ready to start turning over the soil with a spade and fork and then George will use the gas tiller in late August or early September.

Our newest gardener, Siok Hong, has summer squash and corn ripening in bed 14. She also has some butterfly weed blooming. Beatrice and her son have three watermelons in their bed.

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We have invited three other community gardener groups in our area to a potluck here in Cockrell Hall on Saturday, August 20th from 11:30 – 1 p.m. We look forward to an exchange of ideas and gardening tips. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Our next workday will be on the 3rd Saturday, September 17th. It’s time to start our fall gardens!

Blog post & photos by Nathan

Garden Potluck – Great Success!

On August 20, eighteen gardeners attended the 1st BAUUC Garden Potluck held in Cockrell Hall.  We had a delicious lunch including fresh salads, soups, casseroles, pasta salad, homemade cookies & cakes. With such a great turnout, we hope to make this an annual event!

Those attending were: George Becker, Ellie Childs, Cindy Lewis, David and Jane Malin, Deandra Newcomb, Ana Payne, John Regner, Siok Hong Chen and David Sabot, Emily Savino & Scott Pensyl, Rosemary S. Clist, Nathan and Jill Veatch. Attending from Challenger 7 Community Garden: Oscar and Sandy Nelson, and Japheth Olivier.

Everyone shared their gardening experiences with each other and helped to build a Bay Area community garden fellowship. We also had the pleasure of winning several door prizes including fresh honey and gardening books.

A huge thank you for those that attended. We look forward to hosting another Bay Area potluck!

Pictures from the event

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Blog post by Nathan & Emily, Photos by Nathan

BAUUC Community Garden News

The Houston Chronicle recently featured four Bay Area community gardens, including ours, in an interesting article. It‘s encouraging to know that we’re not the only ones constantly battling weeds and in need of volunteers! We have invited the three other community gardener groups to a potluck here at BAUUC on Saturday, August 20th from 11:30 – 1 p.m. We look forward to an exchange of ideas and gardening tips. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially if you’re waiting for cooler weather and looking forward to a winter garden.

Our next BAUUC Community Garden Workday will be on Saturday August 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A big thank you to our watering crew: Jane and David Malin and Cindy Lewis and the intrepid gardeners who showed up on the last workday: Jane and David Malin, George Becker, Mike Wehrman Beatriz Perez-Sweeny and her son and Nathan Veatch.

So far this summer, we have donated 24 lbs. onions to ICM, 7 lbs. to BATP and 10 lbs. tomatoes to ICM and 3 lbs. tomatoes to BATP.

Many thanks to Emily Savino for being our webmaster!

Blog post by Nathan V.

Gearing up for the fall planting season

Yes it’s still summer, yes it’s unbearably hot, but it is time to start planning your fall garden! Read these planting tips from BAUUC’s own garden plot owner, Jane.


Seeds to Plant in ground around Sept 1
Roma bush beans (Seed, August 15-31)
Carrot (Seed, Sept 1-14)
Parsnip (Seed, Sept 1-7)
Seeds to Plant in ground around October 1
Brussels sprouts (Seed Oct 1-7; Plants Nov 1-15)
Broccoli (Seed Oct 1-14; Plants Oct 24-31)
Cabbage (Seed, Oct. 1-14; Plants, Oct 24-Nov 14)
Arugula (October 1-31)
Plants to Plant in ground around Nov 1
Brussels sprouts (Seed Oct 1-7; Plants Nov 1-15)
Broccoli (Seed Oct 1-14; Plants Oct 24-31)
Cabbage (Seed, Oct. 1-14; Plants, Oct 24-Nov 14)
Seeds to Plant in ground around Nov 1
Arugula (October 1-31)
Lettuce/mesclun (Seed, Oct 16 – Nov 14)
Beets (Seed, Oct 16 – Nov 7)
Swiss chard and perpetual spinach (Chard), (Seed, Oct 16 – Nov 7)
Happy Planting!

Community Garden Potluck – Aug 20, 2016

Join Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church’s Community Gardeners for a potluck! Yep, it’s free!

BAUUC Community Garden members would like to host a potluck in hopes of meeting some of our neighboring Bay Area Community gardeners to exchange ideas, tips, triumphs, etc.

Spring Lettuce

Bring a dish to pass and join us for a great community building opportunity!

  • Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
  • Where: Bay Area UU Church: 17503 El Camino Real,  Houston, TX 77058
  • When: 11:30am – 1:00pm

For questions, contact us at:


Eat More Onions!

A study in 2006, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, touts the benefits of eating onion. Findings indicate the more onion and other allium vegetables, such as garlic, we eat, the better. In fact, the odds of developing certain cancers is lower among those individuals partaking of this readily available vegetable.

Simple Sautéed Vegetables

  • 1 white or yellow and/or 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 t course ground pepper
  • 1/4 t sugar
  • 1/4 t sea salt

Heat coconut oil in deep skillet or 3-5 quart pot. Add sliced vegetables and sauté in hot oil for a few minutes. Add 1 Tablespoon of water and the sugar. Cover with lid. Cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes. Vent lid if needed. Add pepper and salt within the last couple minutes of cooking.  FANtastic with cornbread!

Serves 3-4

Article by: Deandra Newcomb