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
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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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
During early March we cleaned up several donation beds and George planted two beds with tomatoes and peppers that Urban Harvest donated to our Community Garden. BAUUC Community Garden recently rejoined their association. On our March 18th workday, Jane and David provided tomatoes, peppers plants and yard long bean seeds. George donated zucchini plants that he had sprouted. Many thanks to volunteers Ellie, and grandsons Louis and Ben, who tilled donation beds! Ana and Siok Hong came after we had made our group photo and also helped a great deal. Siok Hong is helping start a Community Garden at another church. We still need volunteers to help with our four donation beds. We appreciate Cindy Lewis for continuing to water when needed.
Our Community Garden’s next workday is Saturday, April15 from 8:30 – 11 am. Visit our Community Garden blog at https://bauucgarden.org and check out the Urban Harvest link for good gardening information on growing vegetables.
Photos of the Workday
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Greetings fellow gardeners! The BAUUC Community Garden has scheduled it’s March workday for March 18th from 8:30am to 11:00am. Please join us next month at the garden. Get your work gloves and boots out and have some fun with us!
Fertilizing the Onions
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.
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The Precinct 2 Master Gardeners’ first spring lecture will be Thursday, January 19 (not the 12th), on Soils and Compost at Freeman Library from 6:30 to 8:30PM. January 28 – Fruit Tree Sale – Pasadena Fairgrounds. February 16 class on Spring Vegetable Gardening at Freeman. On Saturday, Feb. 18 the Master Gardeners will have a fruit tree sale at the Genoa Friendship garden.
For more info about the 2017 Green Thumb lecture series, visit the Harris County Master Gardeners site.
Our next BAUUC garden workday will also be on Saturday, Feb. 18. Come out and join us as we start preparations for Spring beds. Visit us at https://bauucgarden.wordpress.com/ or contact Nathan: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our Community Garden Workday was on Saturday August 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. David and Jane worked on their beds and cut roofing “tar paper” that we are experimenting with as a weed blocker. We have tried this on several beds and it seems to be working. We have noted that our trial bed with clear plastic over it has not worked well as a weed block. Nathan and George mowed and used a weed-eater between the beds. We are ready to start turning over the soil with a spade and fork and then George will use the gas tiller in late August or early September.
Our newest gardener, Siok Hong, has summer squash and corn ripening in bed 14. She also has some butterfly weed blooming. Beatrice and her son have three watermelons in their bed.
We have invited three other community gardener groups in our area to a potluck here in Cockrell Hall 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.
Our next workday will be on the 3rd Saturday, September 17th. It’s time to start our fall gardens!
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