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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and/or comments.
Blog post by: Nathan Veatch
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
Blog by Nathan
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
The Houston Chronicle recently featured four Bay Area community gardens, including ours, in an interesting article. It‘s encouraging to know that we’re not the only ones constantly battling weeds and in need of volunteers! We have invited the three other community gardener groups to a potluck here at BAUUC 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, especially if you’re waiting for cooler weather and looking forward to a winter garden.
Our next BAUUC Community Garden Workday will be on Saturday August 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A big thank you to our watering crew: Jane and David Malin and Cindy Lewis and the intrepid gardeners who showed up on the last workday: Jane and David Malin, George Becker, Mike Wehrman Beatriz Perez-Sweeny and her son and Nathan Veatch.
So far this summer, we have donated 24 lbs. onions to ICM, 7 lbs. to BATP and 10 lbs. tomatoes to ICM and 3 lbs. tomatoes to BATP.
Many thanks to Emily Savino for being our webmaster!
Blog post by Nathan V.