Garden News & Work Day 2/17

Greetings Gardeners!
Our next Community Garden Workday is Saturday, February 17 from 8:30 to 11:00am. In addition, the annual spring Fruit Tree and Tomato Sale will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Pasadena Fairgrounds – 7600 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena.
Our BAUUC Community Garden is next to the parking lot across the road from the church.Volunteers are always welcome. For questions or comments, contact Nathan Veatch at nveatch@swbell.net.
See you there!
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Garden Work Day – 1/20/18

BAUUC Community Garden News: Looking back and looking ahead: Put AUGUST 18 on your calendars for our next garden Potluck. In 2017, our garden had a good year with a great potluck in August featuring a wide variety of dishes, an interesting speaker from Urban Harvest and door prizes. Our gardeners are not only growing some nice veggies but also butterfly attractors and Stevia. Liam (Beatriz’s son) and his friend are growing herbs for a local farmer’s market. Other faithful gardeners this past year were Vera, Siok Hong, Deandra, George B, Bruce M, Mike Wehrman, Jane and David, and Nathan and Jill. Thanks to all these gardeners for all the hard work they do in their beds and our donation beds. We will be sharing our cabbage and broccoli with the ICM Food Bank in League City again this winter. We welcome newcomers, Jeramy, Michelle and their son, to our gardening family!

Saturday, Feb. 17 is our next Garden Workday. Volunteers are always welcome. Come help and learn. Check out the photos on our blog: https://bauucgarden.org or our Facebook page.

Post by Nathan

December 16th Work Day

BAUUC Community Garden News:Liam and Beatriz Perez-Sweeney, Vera Tosto, Siok Hong Chen-Baden, and Deandra Newcomb enjoyed a cup of cocoa or coffee at the December 16 workday. Vera, Nathan Veatch, George Becker, Bruce Meltzer, Jane and David Malin and Siok Hong tilled and planted a raised bed. Siok Hong also shared microgreens with us. Thanks to all the gardeners for all the work they do in our donation beds. We will be sharing the produce and grapefruit with the ICM Food Bank in League City.

Please join us on Saturday, Jan. 20th for our next Garden Workday. Volunteers are always welcome. Come help, and learn. Questions and/or comments contact me at nveatch@swbell.net

Thanks,

Nathan

Garden News for December 2017

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BAUUC Community Garden News: Jane and David have converted their raised beds from decaying wooden sides to concrete blocks. No more rotted boards or ants! They ordered more soil on the November 18 workday to fill their larger beds. A donation bed was tilled and two varieties of lettuce and broccoli were planted by Siok Hong, George, Jill and Nathan. The battle with the deep grass roots was finally won! George’s zinnias and Siok Hong’s butterfly weed are attracting several kinds of butterflies and other insects. Be sure to walk through the garden after church on the next sunny day. Siok Hong is also harvesting sweet potatoes that Urban Harvest shared with us early last spring. Wow!

Raised bed conversion from wood to bricks

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Some work day pictures!

 

 

Next garden work day is Saturday, December 16th from 9am – 11:00am. Join us for a cup of cocoa!


Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes from BAUUC Community Garden – News

Quotes from our gardeners:

The day before Thanksgiving, we harvested several buckets of sweet potatoes from the garden. David and I took home six – two huge monsters and four others. We decided to cook them for the BAUUC Thanksgiving potluck. I found a recipe for oven-roasted sweet potato wedges (400° for 30 minutes), and David invented his own basting sauce of margarine, maple syrup and low sodium soy sauce. The only hard part was cutting those hard sweet potatoes into wedges. We dug out our electric knife for that. The results were sweet and delicious wedges. The sauce lent some moist sweetness that blended right in. They were all gone by the end of the potluck.- Jane

Jane, that is so awesome – I thoroughly enjoyed mine – gave some to Bruce M. I spiralized and baked them, and also boiled them. Also, I found that sweet potato leaves are edible. I stir-fried them with just some salt and garlic and they tasted like spinach. I like the fact that I am eating fresh organic greens. Cheers, Ms. Siok Hong

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Garden Workday – 11/18/17

Hello Gardeners!

Tomorrow (11/18/17) is our next Garden Workday from 8:30 til 11:00am. We will be cleaning out beds and planting fall gardens. We have 15 packets of seeds from Urban Harvest if you wish to plant some. Packets include spinach, carrots, pea, 2 lettuces, 2 radishes, 2 beets, onion, mustard greens, radicchio, corn salad (greens), cauliflower, and turnips.

See you there!

Garden Work Day – 9/16/2017

Community Garden News:

Gardeners and volunteers, Saturday, Sept. 16, is our next Garden Workday from 8:30am until 11:00am. We will be cleaning out beds and preparing for fall gardens. If you missed the second annual Garden Potluck luncheon, you missed a delicious lunch, useful door prizes and Terry Garner of Urban Harvest who shared his thoughts on how to be a better gardener. We were delighted to have Julie Lambert, our former Dir. of Lifespan Religious Education and the founder of our Community garden as an honored guest! Jane Malin won the grand prize, a rain barrel system! Contact me at nveatch@swbell.net  with your questions and/or comments.

Blog post by: Nathan Veatch

2nd Annual Community Garden Potluck

The Second Annual BAUUC Community Garden Potluck was held on Saturday, August 19th. Nineteen gardeners and guests from BAUUC and Bronson Street Community Gardens attended. It was a pleasure and honor to welcome and meet Julie Lambert, our former Director of Lifespan Religious Education and the founder of our community garden! Thank you, Verva and Mike, for inviting Julie today.

Terry Garner of Urban Harvest shared his expertise in a lively presentation on the essentials of successful gardening. Dawn Newcomer, Urban Harvest Community Gardens Coordinator, also attended our potluck and asked if we’re interested in being a “hub” community garden. Among other activities, we would distribute fall and spring vegetable seedlings to area gardens.

We enjoyed several interesting salads, home canned vegetables, tempura fried okra, homemade Meyer lemonade and Matcha green iced tea. We finished the meal with Siok Hong Chen-Sabot’s “vegetable” cake!

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Everyone went home with a door prize. Jane Malin won the best prize – a rain barrel system donated by Urban Harvest. A big thank you to Bruce Meltzer and Paula Criswell for their special door prizes. It was a successful and enjoyable potluck and we look forward to our third one next year.

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Our next workday will be on September 16 from 8:30 until 11am. Please text Nathan at 713-502-3726 with questions or comments. Visit our Community Garden blog: https://bauucgarden.org

Article & Photos by Nathan Veatch