Category Archives: Bragging Rights

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

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

BAUU Community Garden in the News!

Our very own Community Garden was mentioned in an article about Bay Area Gardens in the Houston Chronicle. Check out the Article here!

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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!

Youth Rally Work Project Big Success

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 nveatch@swbell.net. Thanks for visiting us at bauucgarden.org!

 

We have a great many pictures to share of today’s work day!

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Posts & Photos by Nathan.

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.

Neighborhood Canvasing

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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Our compost piles

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Preface:  I won’t spend time explaining why compost is important – that’s why we have Google.  If you have some hours to kill, ask me about it in person.

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The very first garden elements to be installed were the compost bins – they were built back in mid-October within a week of selecting the garden site.  The bins are constructed from reclaimed wooden shipping pallets (approximately 40″ x 48″).  The pallets are tied together using bailing wire to make a row of bins.  Plastic mesh fencing was stapled across the front of the bins to hold in the compost materials.

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