Category Archives: News

BAUUC Garden News for April & May 2018

Our Community Garden staffed a booth at the Grand Opening of Exploration Green on Saturday, April 28th. The booth was staffed by Siok Hong Chen-Baden, David Baden, Bruce Meltzer, Nathan Veatch and Don Rhorer. Instructions on tomato cultivation, garden applications, yard-long beans, 20 butterfly weed plants, packets of arugula seeds, and earthworms (for gardens not fishing) were handed out. We had a steady stream of visitors come by our booth and 31 signed up for more information. We welcome newcomers Susan and Robert Strahan. They’re sharing a donation bed and have an experimental watermelon patch in the works. So far this spring, we have donated a total of 34 lbs. of produce to the ICM Food Bank.

Our community garden is undergoing a period of revitalization. We are in need of volunteers to help water our extended donation beds. If you can volunteer one morning or evening a week to water, please let Nathan know. If we can get 2 teams, one on Tuesday or Wednesday, and one on Saturday or Sunday, it would help immensely. Please email Nathan for more detail at: nveatch@swbell.net

Nathan Veatch, Garden Administrator

Working in the Garden

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Garden News & Work Day 2/17

Greetings Gardeners!
Our next Community Garden Workday is Saturday, February 17 from 8:30 to 11:00am. In addition, the annual spring Fruit Tree and Tomato Sale will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Pasadena Fairgrounds – 7600 Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena.
Our BAUUC Community Garden is next to the parking lot across the road from the church.Volunteers are always welcome. For questions or comments, contact Nathan Veatch at nveatch@swbell.net.
See you there!
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Monarch Butterfly

Garden Work Day – 1/20/18

BAUUC Community Garden News: Looking back and looking ahead: Put AUGUST 18 on your calendars for our next garden Potluck. In 2017, our garden had a good year with a great potluck in August featuring a wide variety of dishes, an interesting speaker from Urban Harvest and door prizes. Our gardeners are not only growing some nice veggies but also butterfly attractors and Stevia. Liam (Beatriz’s son) and his friend are growing herbs for a local farmer’s market. Other faithful gardeners this past year were Vera, Siok Hong, Deandra, George B, Bruce M, Mike Wehrman, Jane and David, and Nathan and Jill. Thanks to all these gardeners for all the hard work they do in their beds and our donation beds. We will be sharing our cabbage and broccoli with the ICM Food Bank in League City again this winter. We welcome newcomers, Jeramy, Michelle and their son, to our gardening family!

Saturday, Feb. 17 is our next Garden Workday. Volunteers are always welcome. Come help and learn. Check out the photos on our blog: https://bauucgarden.org or our Facebook page.

Post by Nathan

Garden News for December 2017

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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

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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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Garden Work Day – 9/16/2017

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 nveatch@swbell.net  with your questions and/or comments.

Blog post by: Nathan Veatch

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

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.