Garden Workdays in March 2017

During early March we cleaned up several donation beds and George planted two beds with tomatoes and peppers that Urban Harvest donated to our Community Garden. BAUUC Community Garden recently rejoined their association. On our March 18th workday, Jane and David provided tomatoes, peppers plants and yard long bean seeds. George donated zucchini plants that he had sprouted. Many thanks to volunteers Ellie, and grandsons Louis and Ben, who tilled donation beds! Ana and Siok Hong came after we had made our group photo and also helped a great deal. Siok Hong is helping start a Community Garden at another church. We still need volunteers to help with our four donation beds. We appreciate Cindy Lewis for continuing to water when needed.

Our Community Garden’s next workday is Saturday, April15 from 8:30 – 11 am. Visit our Community Garden blog at https://bauucgarden.org and check out the Urban Harvest link for good gardening information on growing vegetables.

Photos of the Workday

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Blog post and photos by Nathan

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March Work Day Scheduled

 

Greetings fellow gardeners!  The BAUUC Community Garden has scheduled it’s March workday for March 18th from 8:30am to 11:00am. Please join us next month at the garden. Get your work gloves and boots out and have some fun with us!

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Fertilizing the Onions

 

 

Wintertime Gardening Work Day – Nov & Dec 2016

Fall and winter gardens are appreciated by BAUUC community gardeners for several reasons: the weather is cooler, there are fewer insects, and the weeds and grass do not grow as fast. The weather finally turned cool for our workday in November as Jill, David, and I worked on covering some unused beds with tarps. Siok Hong harvested chard and okra. We enjoyed watching the Gulf Fritillaries on the zinnias and Monarchs on the milkweed that she has planted in her bed. In December, George was able to harvest some nice broccoli from his bed. With the aid of a 10 ft. ladder, we picked two large boxes of grapefruit from the tree in front of the church. Siok Hong took them to the ICM food bank.

Check out these great photos from the winter work days!

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Our next garden workday will be on the third Saturday, February 18th. We will soon start preparing the spring beds for planting every gardener’s favorite: tomatoes. The race will be on to get them in the ground and producing before the weather gets too hot for them to set.

Several gardeners are also planting herbs, which have the additional benefit of attracting butterflies. Several gardeners welcome volunteers to help with their beds and the donation beds always need tending. Volunteering is a low stress way of learning to garden. Also, the BAUUC Grounds Committee could always use help with mowing and weeding beds on our 14 acre campus. The committee has done a tremendous job with mowing and deserves our thanks.

Blog post & Photos by Nathan V.

 

Area Garden News for Jan 3rd

The Precinct 2 Master Gardeners’ first spring lecture will be Thursday, January 19 (not the 12th), on Soils and Compost at Freeman Library from 6:30 to 8:30PM. January 28 – Fruit Tree Sale – Pasadena Fairgrounds. February 16 class on Spring Vegetable Gardening at Freeman. On Saturday, Feb. 18 the Master Gardeners will have a fruit tree sale at the Genoa Friendship garden.

For more info about the 2017 Green Thumb lecture series, visit the Harris County Master Gardeners site.

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Corn!

Our next BAUUC garden workday will also be on Saturday, Feb. 18. Come out and join us as we start preparations for Spring beds. Visit us at https://bauucgarden.wordpress.com/ or contact Nathan: nveatch@swbell.net.

 

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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.

watermelons

 

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  (https://aquafoodsfishgreens.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/do-you-like-spinach-here-is-some-nutritional-goodness-on-the-malabar-spinach/). 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  nveatch@swbell.net

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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