We decided not to do much work in this morning’s storm, so we’re going to try again tomorrow. Meet in the garden (or Fellowship Hall) after 12:30pm on Sunday, February 19th for our next try to get the beds built.
Thank you to all who came out today, and thank you to all who wanted to come but chose to stay safe.
See you Sunday.
Saturday, February 18th
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Workday begins Saturday, February 18th at 9am followed by a FREE LUNCH. Please let me know if you will be participating so that we can plan accordingly.
This coming Saturday is a BIG DAY in the garden – we’ll need a good turnout to complete the tasks. By the end of the day we should have over 20 vegetable beds constructed waiting for soil, the paths should be mulched and some indoor tasks completed as well. We will be serving lunch to the volunteers. Please bring gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows, cordless drills, power saws, long measurement tapes, hammers and mallets.
Here’s the primary task-list
(1) Lay cardboard down over all the beds and paths
(2) Construct lumber-framed raised beds
(3) Position & level the beds
(4) Cut and install plywood “shims” to close gaps caused by uneven grade
(5) Mulch pathways
Other Projects (some are indoor, most are kid-friendly)
(a) Start more seeds
(b) Paint bed markers
(c) Assemble birdhouses
(d) Install water meter
(e) Plant blackberries & grapes
Thank you all for your continued support of the BAUUC Community Garden.
BAUUC Community Garden
Green Thumb Lecture Series
Texas Master Gardener Louis Mickler (who taught our vegetable seed starting class) will be giving a talk on “Growing Spring Vegetables” next Tuesday, February 14th from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The class will be held in the Civic Room at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Parkway, on the lake side (park map [PDF]).
Careful what you wish for – you might get it.
Although today’s rain forced a postponement of the neighborhood canvasing effort, we still had over 17 volunteers stop in to help with garden projects this morning. We weren’t able to work on the deep beds today, but we kept busy with other activities.
Photos and details after the break…
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.
Slideshow after the break…
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.
More photos and resources after the break…
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.
(Photos after the break…) Continue reading
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.