Building a Community Garden

We awoke bright and early Saturday morning to help build a community garden near Beltway 8 and Cullen.

This is the brainchild of Betty Haynes, CEO of Second Chance Life Ministries. She had studied horticulture years ago and decided to tap into her gardening expertise to bring the community together and enrich youth. Next year, when the plants are ready to harvest, youth will sell them at a farmer’s market and raise money for college scholarships.

Our team laid down cinder blocks in rectangles to create the raised bed to hold the soil. After tearing tape off of cardboard boxes, we placed them flat on the ground to ward off grass and weeds. Then, we shoveled soil into wheel barrows and dropped it over the cardboard pieces.

For us, this was a great way to get out of the house, enjoy the morning sun and fresh air and get a workout while getting to know our neighbors. Plus, I’m looking forward to learning about raising organic plants. The garden crew is looking for two teams of volunteers to come by once a month to plant and grow the garden.

To volunteer, contact Betty Haynes at (832) 272-7424.

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