This past week I had to go inside the beltway to get some gardening supplies, and since I was in the area, I stopped at the Westbury Community Garden near Hillcroft and Hwy 90. You can read up on their garden in the Houston Chronicle, or on their extensive garden website. This is a pretty big allotment garden – and it looks like they have plenty of room to grow.
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We are planning to meet this coming Saturday (February 4th) for another busy, fun-filled workday at the garden. Here’s what’s on the schedule for Saturday starting at 9am:
We had a great class tonight taught by Texas Master Gardener Propagation Specialist Louis Mickler from the Harris County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau. Louis gave a hands-on demonstration of starting vegetables from seeds and “bumping up” the seedlings into their own containers. We had 23 people attend the class and other half-dozen had expressed an interest. With this much interest, I think we can present additional gardening topics and workshops in the future.
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On Saturday, January 21st we had at least 21 adults and 5 children participate in our volunteer workday. It was great to have such a turn-out for our project. As always, we seemed to have fun doing good work. One volunteer said that the banter was one of the reasons to show up for garden workdays – growing the beloved community indeed!
We had three goals: sort seeds, construct a sign, and attempt to hyro-bore under the driveway on the cheap.
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I was going to open this blog post with a cheesy quote about overcoming adversity and conquering obstacles, but my heart just isn’t in it. We’ve run into some more “hidden opportunities” due to the pipeline easements. I’ll be coming up with another layout for the garden beds and put it out for review and comment in the next couple of days. Our volunteer workdays will take place as scheduled.
We will put in a garden. It might not be grand, and it sure won’t be perfect – but it will be good enough. And it will be a place to grow food and our community. Revised details to come…
UPDATE: A new layout drawing can be found on the Resources page: BAUUC Community Garden Layout Drawing.
This morning we visited a few more community gardens in vicinity of I45 and Beltway 8. These are all listed as allotment-style gardens on the Urban Harvest map of affiliated gardens. Continue reading
The Harris County Extension Agency has a few Spanish-language gardening resources available online. You can find links to the PDF files here for advice on tomatoes, chiles and fruits.
The Master Gardeners down in Galveston County have put together a “Bilingual Guide to Yard Care” which is another good Spanish-English translation resource for your gardening vocabulary.
The Texas Agrilife Extension Bookstore also has Spanish-language materials on a variety of topics.
We had another successful workday in the garden thanks to our volunteers: Kris Berthold, Merlin Hall, Julie Lambert, Megan Riordan, Cinnamin Rivers, Scott Rock, Sam Sanderson, Kellynn Sembera and Jacob Sullivan.
First the No News: Texas is experiencing a record drought that is expected to last through next year. The Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA), the church’s water supplier, has declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Condition which limits irrigation to two days a week.
Then the Good News: The Director of Utilities at CLCWA is a gardener and appears to understand that seedlings, new transplants and many vegetables need watering more frequently than twice-weekly, though the total water consumption may not be more than used in a turf lawn.
Now the Bad News: The CLCWA Drought Contingency Plan (PDF) does not exempt hand-watering from Stage 2 restrictions and the Director does not have latitude to issue a variance or special exemption for garden irrigation. Continue reading