Project Leader: Billye Adams
Goal: To creates wildlife habitat by planting Texas native plants where before there was only lawn and hopefully to set an example for land use.
This project creates wildlife habitat by planting Texas native plants where before there was only lawn. It is an opportunity to use the land available, and hopefully to set an example that can be shown to other public entities or places of worship.
Members of the fellowship planted th first garden last spring. The first project in cooperation with GWMN was implemented in the fall of 2015. We developed a garden space on the public side of the church facing Hutto Road. San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located across from Southwestern University at 1322 E. University Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626.
Our team consisted of two other members of SGUUF, one Master Gardner, two great volunteers from the GWMN Fall Training Class – Jan Lord and Mary Long – and two Master Naturalists, Christy Barber and myself. Not all were present at every planning or work session.
To develop the bed, which was roughly 30 feet by 40 feet, we began by digging off the top layer of grass, adding compost and green sand to this Blackland Prairie clay soil, adding a metal border, laying down newspaper and then piling on free mulch which we hauled from Texas Disposal Systems (TDS).
We had planting and work delays due to the wonderful rains this fall. However, the plants have prospered. We put in 11 varieties of native perennials, most native to the Blackland Prairie, and one 3-gallon small tree. These plants will provide nectar, pollen, and berries for wildlife. We are looking forward to seeing the garden in the spring and what it attracts.
This project has generated some excitement and interest among the members of the congregation.
For more information about this project, contact project Lleader: Billye Adams.