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
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
Post & Photos by Nathan
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!
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.
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
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
Blog post by Nathan & Emily, Photos by Nathan
Our very own Community Garden was mentioned in an article about Bay Area Gardens in the Houston Chronicle. Check out the Article here!
If you got inspired by the article, please join us for the our next garden work day on Saturday, June 11th from 8am – 10:30am. Bring water, wear a hat & gloves if you’ve got them!
On Saturday, 1/16/2016, the UU Youth from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana braved chilly weather to hoe, dig, rake, and as one youth said “make the green disappear!” In two short hours the congenial group of about 80 youth and adults were able to prepare three 20ft beds and three 10ft beds for planting our spring gardens. We will be planting onions, carrots and lettuces that will be donated to our church kitchen and area food banks. (We used the planting directions from “Bulb Onions a Plenty,” by Bruce on May 22, 2015.) Thanks to Wally, Nelda, Verva, and Ivar, we had enough tools to accomplish the job. By 12:30, everyone had left except George who worked in the rain to fix a broken water line. Thank you, George!
The replacement of the rotted sideboards is well on its way with Bruce M. and Kate’s three beds being completed by a contractor. George and Nathan have lined two of the 20ft beds and will be working on the rest on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you can help with this job, please email Nathan. We would appreciate your help, whether you have a bed or not!
The next workday is scheduled for February 13 and the second Saturdays of the following months. If you would like a bed and/or have questions, email Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting us at bauucgarden.org!
We have a great many pictures to share of today’s work day!
Posts & Photos by Nathan.
Carol 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.
A few Sundays ago, a group of eleven BAUUC youth and advisors went to the Harbor Tree apartment complex near the church. The group went to inform the residents about our project and how they could participate in the garden.
Thank you to our canvassers: Kris Berthold, Christina Croson, Patrick Gibbs, Jenny Jenks, Anna Klinger, Job Rameriz, Megan Riordan, Kellynn Sembera, Keegan Taylor, Nathaniel Throop and Amanda Wehrman.
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