Purchasing and Planting live Christmas Trees

From “What to do in December” on Natural Gardener’s website:


Consider purchasing a live Christmas tree for the holidays. Arizona Cypress, Aleppo, and Italian Stone pines can often be found this time of year. A trick for watering these trees indoors is to place ice cubes on top of the soil, making sure there is a sturdy saucer underneath the pot. Avoid keeping these trees indoors for any longer than two weeks. To allow the tree to adjust to the abrupt change in lighting when moving outside, place the tree in shade first for about a week, then move gradually to more and more sun. Finally, plant your tree outside in a sunny area with very good drainage. Pamper it when planting by using bone meal or rock phosphate in the hole, and by following the regular watering with some seaweed solution for the first few months.


UGC Garden Beds at Calvary Baptist Community Garden

As of Friday Dec 2, 2016 the UGC garden has been prepared and planted!  Albeit about 3 months late, but planted nonetheless.
Big thanks to Ashley Stevens who helped dig out thousands of weeds from the overrun plots.  Katie came out and helped fight a mighty battle against Johnson grass on a Saturday workday.  Amy, a Calvary Baptist Church member, helped dig out weeds on several occasions.
Plot 1 – Avalanche Beets – direct seeded 2 rows.  They are up about 2 inches. Really late planting.  Do they need freeze protection?
Plot 2 – Carrots – direct seeded 3 rows – Today I see that they are peeking through.  Do really young carrots need freeze protection?
Plot 3 – Transplanted 4 rows of Georgia collards.  They should be ok at 25 deg.
Plot 4 – Swiss Chard – direct seeded 3 rows.  They are still busy thinking about germinating.
Plot 5 – Transplanted 105 onions (10-15s).  Need to protect them or 3 months from now they will bolt.
Plot 6 – Green Star Leaf Lettuce – direct seeded 1 row.  They are up about 2 inches.  Do they need freeze protection?
What now?
We shift our focus to protection (TLC).  Immediate problem is determining which plants need help making it through the Wednesday night forecast of 25 deg.
Then the TLC that the little plants need is weeding.  In the plots as well as along the outside edges to discourage weeds from sneaking through the boards.
For those folks who did not get a chance to help dig out Johnson grass and Bermuda grass, now is the perfect time to help keep the enemy away from the little plants.  The art of hoeing will be taught at no charge.
See you in the garden!
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Hello everyone! I am attempting to work on our web presence and see what I have access to and what I still need access to. In the mean time please check us out on Facebook at HOT Urban Gardening Coalition and on Instagram at hotugc.

Our email address is hotugc@gmail.com so please contact us with any questions and especially if you want to get started gardening!

Upcoming events:


Saturday 29th 10:30 am at the South Waco Library (18th street)

Come join us for the reading of Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, a One Book One Waco event. HOT Urban Gardening Coalition will be there along with some Master Gardeners with garden activities and useful information. It’s not just for kids! We plan to be there at least until noon.

Sunday 30th 4-6pm at Austin Avenue UMC Community Event: We will have a table at the fall festival where kids (or adults) can make art with nature!


Friday 11th Starting at 5pm Night Market at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market: HOT UGC will have a booth with nature art and other goodies, come join us to hang out, have fun, and hear upcoming activities! $5 wristbands get access to a variety of children’s activities throughout the market on this night.

Saturday 12th 9-11am Cut Flowers from the Farm, MCC Continuing Ed class at Livengood Farms LLC. $29.00 (You must sign up for this class through MCC continuing education http://www.mclennan.edu/continuing-education/ ) At this class you will see Livengood Farms production process from seeds to harvesting and get the opportunity to ask Nancy production questions. After the tour you will be able to make a design with flowers from the farm to take home and additional flowers will be available for purchase.

Wednesday 16th 12-1 Lunch with the Masters, Master Gardener general meeting at Carleen Bright Arboretum, everyone welcome! Scandals in the Garden by: Master Gardener Pat Goaley

Thursday 17th 6pm start time HOT UGC Potluck! Join us as we hand out member packets and draw for prizes from events leading up to this time. We are still working on details, but we want to make this a great event where we begin to form committees and focus groups relating to all of the garden/urban food/local work happening around us. (You do not need to be a member to attend.) Check out the event site on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1760811394173242/

Saturday 19th 9am-1pm: Waco Downtown Farmers MarketWe are looking to re-open our UGC booth! We will have shirts, manuals, and other miscellaneous items as our garden grows. We are currently committing to the 3rd Saturdays of each month but hope to see support soon that will allow us more of a market presence.


Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a Potluck, Tomorrow!


Hey all,

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 19th) is the day we all celebrate the fantastic urban gardening and local foods initiatives that are happening all over Waco and the surrounding communities! Come share some delicious local fare with the folks at the Urban Gardening Coalition! We will meet at Lovers Leap in Cameron Park starting at 6p.m.! This is our favorite UGC event of the year! Come by, bring a dish, dessert, or drink and share some stories from your garden this spring.



Howdy Excited Educators, Happy Homeschoolers, or Interested Individuals!

The Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition will be hosting a School Gardening Workshop as part of our Beyond the Backyard workshop series! This workshop will cover topics related to school gardening/gardening with kids such as:

  • Outdoor Classroom Management
  • Funding/Fundraising Opportunities
  • Lesson Ideas/ Incorporating TEKS into a School Garden
  • Local/National Resources for School Gardens
  • Tips and Tricks/ Stories of Success and Failure

The Urban Gardening Coalition believes in a teaching environment that is incorporative and values your experiences and knowledge; therefore, we will ask participants to share stories and resources. It is our hope that at then end of the day we will all learn something. This includes the facilitator! We would also like to  honor your time and interests as much as possible; if you anticipate attending, please e-mail us your name and the age group with which you work. That way we will be able to further shape the workshop to be as relevant as possible.

The workshop will be held at:

The portables behind Indian Spring Middle School (next to the greenhouse) located at 500 N University Parks Waco Texas 76701.


June 8th, 2014


4:00p – 6:00p

the cost will be:

Free for members or $20 for the general public (Scholarships available)

to sign up:

Visit our Eventbrite page


We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call!


UGC Meeting Cancelled – Attending Partners in Pride Ceremony

Hey UGC Folks,

We will not have a monthly member’s meeting this Thursday as Keep Waco Beautiful will be hosting the Partner’s in Pride Ceremony during the regularly scheduled time. This is a wonderful event where Keep Waco Beautiful recognizes the accomplishments of community organizations, schools, and individuals that are making Waco a better place to live. The UGC has been asked to attend and will be honored to do so.

In 2012 at this ceremony we were presented with the KWB Education Award for our work with Green Classroom’s, the Beautification Award for our work organizing the MLK Day of Service, and the Awareness Award for our part in helping to encourage and foster the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market.

In 2013 we received the Ruth and Lawrence McMillian Memorial Award presented by the Waco Foundation.

Needless to say we have been very privileged to attend in the past and look forward  to attending this year. We will be sad to miss your smiling faces this Thursday but we look forward to seeing you at the annual potluck in June!!