Mandell Park Plant Sale – March 24, 2012

The Friends of Mandell Park is hosting the annual plant sale on March 24, 2012 at 9:00am.   Each year there are plants to buy, food to eat (usually El Pueblito breakfast tacos)  and activities for the kids.

Mandell Park is just over 1 acre of land between Bonnie Brae, Mandell and Richmond Streets in Montrose/Museum District.  In the 1980’s, the City purchased and cleared the land to build a public library.  When a new location was found, the land became an abandoned lot.  The Castle Court Neighborhood Association adopted the neighborhood and worked to renew the eyesore.  Since then, Friends of Mandell Park was created to improve the property.  To learn more about the park’s history, go HERE.

Money from the sale goes toward the long term goal of raising $1,000,000.  The plans for the park can be found HERE.

6th Annual Plant Sale
Sponsored by Tradition Bank
Saturday, March 24, 2012
9 am – 1 pm

Wondering what to do in the garden this time of year?  Check out our last post HERE.

Houston – It’s time to get your garden ready for Spring. Here’s where to find the best flowers and gardening essentials.

Houston Gardeners – It’s time to start getting your gardens ready for Spring. And why not get outside now while the weather is perfect?

According to the Master Gardener at BigKidSmallCity, we should be cleaning out our old flower beds now.

  • Pull out the dead sticks and leaves and eliminated all those weeds.
  • Knock Out Roses can be cut back to 1/3 of the size you want them to be in the Summer.  Click HERE for guidelines on cutting all other types of roses.
  • Trim leggy plants and gone-by flowers.
  • Add some compost to the soil and mix it in with a shovel.
  • Replace the mulch that disappeared last season.

Also, it was supposed to be done around Valentine’s Day, but if you haven’t done it yet (like me), you need to prune your crape myrtles. Don’t just slice them off (like many people do), follow the instructions HERE. If you do not do it right, you get fewer summer blooms and the branches will grow long and not be able to support the flowers.

Finally, the guideline for planting new flowers is to wait until the chance of freeze has past. However, I’m afraid that if I wait, it won’t get done at all. I’m hoping that Mother Nature will give a break to Gardening Moms and let us just plant now, or whenever the kids will allow it. If it does freeze in the next month, you’ll see me hauling out sheets to cover the flowers.

So where do you get the best compost, flowers and know-how in town? Below are some favorites:

Joshua’s – Located in the Heights, Joshua and his staff have unique items and a lot of know-how.  See our post HERE.

Another Place In Time – Located in the Heights, you can find the flowers that no one else has.

Arbor Gate – Located in Northwest Houston, it is a 30 minute drive from downtown.  But this place is huge and has a large variety of healthy plants.  They offer classes and can help you with any task.

Plants for All Seasons – Located in Northwest Houston, it is also a drive from downtown.  It’s not as big as Arbor Gate, but they have a great selection.  The prices are reasonable and the staff knows what they are doing.

Houston Plant and Garden World  – You may not get all the know-how here, but you do get great deals.  Call ahead, but they have had a “Buy a gift card, get additional 15%” deal.  So you can spend $100 an get a $115 gift card.  Do this first, and they buy your plants.  (Gift cards don’t have to be for gifts!)

Lowes and Home Depot work fine too.   The nurseries may be a little more expensive, but they have a greater selection and the staff is very knowledgeable about Houston gardening.

City Hall Farmers Market and Victory Garden – Spring Season Starts February 22, 2012


The 2012 City Hall Farmers Market Spring Season
Kicks off February 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., downtown at City Hall.

901 Bagby
Houston 77002

It will be held every Wednesday until June 27.
(Wednesdays, February 22 to June 27)

Go HERE to learn more!

Recycle your Old Christmas Tree for Free


Don’t send your old Christmas tree to the landfill. Recycle it for free!

You can either place your undecorated live tree curbside on the scheduled “tree waste” day in January or place your artificial tree curbside on the scheduled “junk waste” day in February. You can also drop off your live tree, through January 8, to 1 of 18 locations. Go HERE for details.

City of Houston – Rain Barrel/Compost Bin One Day Sale, Food Day Houston and Permanent Electronic Recycling


From the City of Houston: Rain Barrel/Compost Bin One Day Sale, Food Day Houston and Permanent Electronic Recycling

Rain Barrel/Compost Bin One Day Sale

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Houstonians can buy rain barrels for $55 (a $120 value) and compost machines for $45 (a $100 value) on a first come, first served basis at Minute Maid Park, Parking Lot “C” corner of Texas and St. Emanuel, Houston 77003. Parking is free.

Rain barrels are used to collect and contain groundwater from rooftops, which can be used for watering gardens and lawns. Rainwater conserves water, improves air quality and saves money. Compost bins are used to store and assist the decomposition of various materials to be used to fertilize garden soil. Composting enriches soil, deters erosion and contaminated soil, prevents pollution and saves money.



Food Day Houston, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, will showcase local healthy, sustainable food initiatives in a fun and educational celebration at the City Hall Farmers Market, just outside of City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002.

At 11 a.m., Recipe for Success Foundation will host a Local Food Throwdown featuring celebrity chefs from the Recipe for Success Chefs Advisory Board.

At noon, Urban Harvest will host a Lunch-In, a large community lunch. Bring your food to the Reflection Pond to participate or buy your lunch at the Farmers Market from one of the 35 local vendors who participate weekly at the market. The event will take place rain or shine.

At 1 p.m., the City of Houston will host a Food Day Town Hall meeting just below City Hall steps, featuring a panel discussion focused on inspiring ideas and solutions to advance the local food movement.


Permanent Electronic Recycling

The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department and CompuCycle have partnered to provide a permanent electronics recycling drop-off site for Houstonians to recycle their electronics responsibly at the CompuCycle building located at 7700 Kempwood, Houston, 77055. The partnership also provides monthly one-day collection events on Saturdays at three neighborhood City of Houston recycling centers.

Recycling electronics keeps potentially harmful materials, such as mercury, cadmium, lead and cathode ray tubes out of the waste stream and the environment.

Permanent drop-off site:

The permanent location is 7700 Kempwood, Houston 77055 in the Spring Branch area. It is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Once a month drop-off sites:

The monthly Saturday electronics recycling will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the:

. Kingwood Metro Transit Center (1st Saturday of the month)

3210 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston 77339

. Ellington/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center (2nd Saturday of the month), Highway 3 @ Brantley Road, Houston 77037

. Center Street Recycling Center (3rd Saturday of the month) 3602 Center Street, Houston 77007

Electronic Items accepted:

Personal computers, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, memory chips, hubs and routers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, projectors, rechargeable batteries, cable boxes, car batteries, telephones, cell phones, PDAs (personal digital assistants), tape drives, hard drives, cords, cables and cameras.

In addition to electronics recycling, all four locations are drop-off sites for common household recyclables such as paper, plastics, aluminum and glass.


Houston Museum of Natural Science Butterfly Center – Fall Plant Sale – October 8, 2011 – 9:00

 The Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is having their Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 8, 9:00 to 11:00. Butterfly garden experts will be on hand to help get you started. Go HERE for details.

The Garden Club of Houston Plant and Bulb Mart – October 14 & 15, 2011

The Garden Club of Houston’s 2011 Bulb & Plant Mart is October 14 and 15.  I’ve gone in the past and it’s a good place to find deals for your garden.  Kids are welcome, but it’s not an event with kid’s activities.  It’s more of an event for the gardener of the house.  Go check it out!

Friday, October 14th; 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday, October 15th; 9 am – 5 pm
All Days are Tax Free Shopping!
New Location: Holly Hall Retirement Community (Gated Community – Secure Parking)
2000 Holly Hall Street (across Fannin from Reliant Stadium)

For details, go HERE.

Buchanan’s Fall Festival – October 1 – 10:00 – 5:00

Head to The Heights this Saturday for the Buchanan’s Fall Festival. It is 10:00-5:00 on October 1 and a lot of kid’s events are planned, including hayrides, planting and painting.  Buchanan’s is located at 611 East 11th Street, between Heights Blvd. and Studewood St.

From their WEBSITE:
10:00-11:00 – Planning your Winter Garden with Gary Edmondson, Director of Education at Urban Harvest. Gardeners in Houston can harvest a bounty of vegetables even through our so-called winter months. This class will get you ready to do it all on your own.  Please RSVP online now for this free event.

11:00-1:00 – Randy Lemmon, KTRH GardenLine Meet Randy, get gardening advice and some free product samples too!

10:00-5:00 – Urban Harvest Kids Activity Booth with Carol Burton, Director of Youth Education at Urban Harvest. Hands-on planting demonstrations. Kids can plant lettuce, parsley or dill in a pot to take home. Pumpkin painting. Kids can decorate a free mini pumpkin to take home.

11:00-4:00 – Have lunch on us. Free hot dogs & drinks

Plus live music and hayrides.

Even Numbered Addresses – Today is Your Water Day


Yes, we still have those Mandatory Water Restrictions in the City of Houston. Today is the water day for even numbered addresses. Even addresses can water on Thursday and Sunday. Odd addresses can water on Wednesday and Saturday. All watering is to be done before 10:00am or after 8:00pm.

Odd Numbered Addresses – Today is Your Water Day


We still have those Mandatory Water Restrictions in the City of Houston. Today is the water day for odd numbered addresses (but I’m wondering if my lawn is worth watering anymore). Even addresses can water on Thursday and Sunday. Odd addresses can water on Wednesday and Saturday. All watering is to be done before 10:00am or after 8:00pm.