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
Post & Photos by Nathan
Tomorrow (11/18/17) is our next Garden Workday from 8:30 til 11:00am. We will be cleaning out beds and planting fall gardens. We have 15 packets of seeds from Urban Harvest if you wish to plant some. Packets include spinach, carrots, pea, 2 lettuces, 2 radishes, 2 beets, onion, mustard greens, radicchio, corn salad (greens), cauliflower, and turnips.
See you there!
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 email@example.com 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
Our Community Garden’s next workday is this Saturday, July 15 from 8:00 – 11:00 am. Volunteers are always welcome to help with weeding in our donation beds. We have tomatoes, peppers and yard long beans to pick. Also, the sweet potatoes need weeding and mulching.
Gardeners, be sure to put August 19 on your calendar for our Second Annual Garden Potluck from 11:00am until 1:30pm. We’ll have a speaker from Urban Harvest, good food, and door prizes! Come meet and share with other area community gardeners. Contact us for more info at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a nice turn out of gardeners on a warm but successful workday on May 20th with George, Siok Hong, Jane, David, Jill, Ana Bruce M, and Nathan. We discussed the 2nd annual Community Garden potluck on August 19th, and will invite a guest speaker and gardeners from other community gardens in the area.
Our donation beds are producing a nice crop of tomatoes and a few peppers. Siok Hong picked 5 lbs of long beans and took them to the ICM food bank in League City. We recently took cherry tomatoes and peppers also. Urban Harvest has donated seventeen sweet potato slips to our Community Garden that have been planted in tall mounds north of the garden. Siok Hong Chen-Sabot has planted milkweed and zinnias to attract butterflies. Drop by bed 14 and see how many different butterflies you can count. We appreciate Cindy Lewis, Jane Malin and David Malin for continuing to water and weed during this hot, dry time.
Our Community Garden’s next workday is Saturday, June 17th from 8:30 -11 am. Volunteers are always welcome. Check out this Urban Harvest link and select sweet potatoes for planting and nutrition information.
Many thanks to Emily Savino for all her work as our web master.
(Photos and blog by Nathan)
Our Community Garden’s next workday is NOT THIS Saturday, May13, BUT will be on May 20 from 8:30 -11 am. Volunteers are always welcome to help with our donation beds.
Urban Harvest donated 2 types of tomatoes and peppers and they are doing well but require help in keeping them in cages. We just received sweet potato slips from Urban Harvest that need planting.
For further info, please contact Nathan at: email@example.com