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Tips For A Highly Productive Garden

FOR BEST PRODUCE, PICK PRODUCE BEFORE FULLY MATURE AND OFTEN The monitors have noticed many beds with rotting produce on plants and on the ground. It is tempting to leave rotten tomatoes and other produce on the ground but rotten produce encourages bad insects and diseases that could spread to your neighbors beds. Although most […]

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Mulberries!

Our mulberry tree in the North 40 is loaded with berries right now. If you have a few minutes, take a small container to the garden and try some. Mulberries are the sweet, hanging fruit from a genus of deciduous trees that grow in a variety of temperate areas around the world. Thought to possibly […]

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Urban Harvest HUB Garden

As one of the well-established community gardens in Houston, Westbury Community Garden has been appointed to be an Urban Harvest HUB garden site. There are several Urban Harvest HUB gardens around the city. A HUB garden serves as a regional center for newer community gardens to meet for Urban Harvest education and other events. There […]

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Starting the Spring Garden

Thinking about your spring garden? Here is a check list. Winter plants removed. Weeds removed. Soil loosened to aerate it.  Don’t plant into hard compacted soil. Microlife fertilizer worked in.  Maybe a bag of composted manure will help. Soil raked smooth and well watered. Garden plan drawn on paper. Markers for seed rows and plants. […]

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Using the Gas Powered Tools:  Get Exercise!

We encourage garden members to learn to use the gas powered tools to do common maintenance jobs around the garden.  We have a Stihl Trimmer and a Stihl Edger.  The trimmer is used often in trimming around fruit trees, sheds, and along the butterfly garden as well as any other place a mower can’t reach.  The […]

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Winter Harvest

Lookie, Lookie!  Check out the fall and winter bounty at Westbury Community Garden. Kat Elder harvested turnips, onions, Mizuna mustard, Cressida cress, bok choy, lettuces, Tuscan and Red Russian kales, Bright Lights chard, cilantro, eggplant, radishes, snap peas, black beans, thyme and  dill with beautiful Zinnias and Rudbeckia for the table. There are a few garden […]

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Black Rot Disease in Brassicas

What is it? Black rot is a bacterial infection that affects the vascular system of members of the Brassica (broccoli) family. It is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Which plants are affected? All cruciferous crops are susceptible including arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (including Chinese cabbage), cauliflower, collards, garden cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard (including mizuna), radish, rutabaga, and turnip. NOT AFFECTED seems to be nasturtium (it must be far enough away on the family tree). Where did it come from? We don’t know the origin of our current outbreak. The bacterium infects all parts of host plants, including seeds, so it could have come in on a seed or on a commercial transplant. There are also some Brassica family weeds that can harbor it in the wild. Why is it such a problem now? We have had the perfect warm, humid weather for it to spread and multiply these past few months – temperature has been between 50-75,  it has been breezy and wet. It wasn’t until Wayne saw the same pattern on several of his plants that he brought it to Ray’s attention. We’ve probably been living with it for months without realizing it, which allowed it to spread widely. How is it spread? […]

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