Author Archives: Patrick Ferrell

Welcome Nathan

Welcome Nathan Veatch as our new garden coordinator.

Compost Class

The BAUUC Community Garden is hosting Harris County Master Gardener Carol Curtiss on Wednesday, February 5th for a presentation on composting.

The class will begin at 7pm in Cockrell Hall at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church (17503 El Camino Real).  No fees or registration required, and childcare is available.  Please join us in learning about this valuable technique to improve your garden.

Workday Success

Thanks to over 40 volunteers, our garden workday on February 1st was a great success.  We were able to install 5 new garden beds, extend the water line to the second section of the garden, weed all of the donation beds and more!  We made seed bombs for naturalizing the garden area and started on the plot markers.

We’ll have more work to do in the coming weeks, but this was a great way to begin the season.  Thank you to everyone who participated.


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Urban Harvest Spring Fling

Our semi-official garden ambassador, Carol Anderson, attended the Urban Harvest 2013 Spring Fling yesterday, and it sounds like she had a lot of fun meeting other community gardeners, spreading the word about our garden, getting some freebies and enjoying really good food.

Carol sent this report:

I went to the UHSF at CMBC and took a few pictures. It was a very fun get-together!

CMBC has a small but lovely garden (since 2009) and provided a garden tour and lunch for the visitors. UH provided a speaker and had a large selection of seeds which they gave away freely, and also had a few plants and clay pots which they also offered to those interested.

One of the CMBC members, Terry, is also in charge of the city community garden program and oversees 11 gardens around town. I also go to meet Bob Randall, the author of “Year Round Vegetables, Fruits, and Flowers for Metro Houston”, AKA “THE” book of gardening in Houston.


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Thanks to Carol for representing the BAUUC Community Garden.

Got onion?

Carol's OnionCarol Anderson and her crew just harvested this huge onion – over 40″ long from root to tip!  Imagine that it started the size of a pencil in a set from Wabash Antiques and Feed last fall.

Great job, guys.

We’re still here!

It’s been a year, and the BAUUC Community Garden is still around!  Not that there was any doubt about it, but it’s nice to be able to look back and consider that a once-neglected space now provides fresh produce for our families and local food banks.

We’ll be having our Spring Garden Meeting soon – date and time to be posted.  We’ll also try to get some energy into a couple of stalled projects and bring in a few new gardeners.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for the Urban Harvest “Spring Fling” on Saturday, April 6th at the Creston MBC Garden.  It’s a chance to meet other community gardeners and share vegetable growing tips, seeds and lunch!


An Apiaric Diversion

Okay, so this isn’t directly related to the church’s community garden, but it is about bees at the church, and bees are important for gardens, and I need a place to post some photos, and I’m still running the blog… so there.

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Garden Photos Update

Several more beds were planted earlier this week, so I took a few photos on Wednesday evening.  It’s all coming along nicely.  Great work gardeners!

Capstone Weekend

I can name 89 youth and adults and another 17 children who have shown up to participate in the community garden project since we began back in October 2011.  We had workdays where 5 year-olds and  70+ year-olds were working side-by-side building raised beds.  We hosted a gardening class which attracted outside participants to our church on a weekday night.  We invited a group of young men to work with us to help fulfill their community service obligations.  And in this way we took an ignored patch of land and we built a garden.  WOW!

This past weekend was something of a capstone for the garden build.  Last Thursday, over 40 cubic yards of soil was delivered from The Ground Up for use in the vegetable beds.  Over the next three days, all of the soil was moved into the garden.

Details and LOTS of photos after the break…

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Is it a garden now?

Three varieties of muscadine grapes and two types of blackberries have been planted.  Does this mean we’re technically a garden now?  T – 15 months until blackberry cobbler.

The deep beds were also finished this week.  They need to be topped off with leaves and compacted before adding soil.