Gardeners Happy Hour - Plant Sale Celebration

Saturday, 3/25, 4:00

Draught House Pub and Brewery

Come celebrate a very successful plant sale!


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Gardeners Happy Hour - Plant Sale Celebration

Saturday, 3/25, 4:00

Draught House Pub and Brewery

Come celebrate a very successful plant sale!

SCG's 2017 Annual Spring Plant Sale

Thursday - There are still plenty of tomato, pepper & eggplant plants left.  $1 each 

Video of the opening moments of this year's plant sale.

30,000 Certified Organic Tomato, Hot & Sweet Bell Pepper Plants along with Eggplants and Herbs go on sale March 4, 2017.

Admission is free

Austin, Texas - Austin's most loved, local heirloom vegetable transplants grown by Gabriel Valley Farms in Georgetown Texas and herbs grown by Sunshine Community Gardens (SCG) make their debut March 4, 2017. Over 120 proven and tested Tomato varieties by local gardeners along with over 85 Wicked Hot and Sweet Bell Pepper varieties, 15 different types of Eggplants and thousands of herbs ready for spring planting can be purchased starting at 9 AM at 4814 Sunshine Dr. Austin, TX 78756.

This annual non-profit spring garden sale enables Sunshine Community Gardens to teach best organic practices to Schools, clubs and organizations and to donate some fresh vegetables for a local food pantry. "Come join with Gardeners of all ages at Austin's green oasis in the middle of the city. Buy locally grown transplants, support local Merchants, including Gabriel Valley certified organic growers. Sunshine Community Gardens started in 1979 is the largest and oldest Community garden in the Austin area", said Jeff Monks, President of SCG.

For a Fun-Filled day, come early. Learn organic gardening practices. Talk with Vendors. Listen to Live Music. Walk the 180 gardens. Kids love to visit the Chicken Coop. In addition you can purchase compost for your plants too!

The first bite of a delicious and juicy home grown organic tomato will make you beg for more. Improve your health with regular gardening exercise. Save big money by growing your own organic vegetables.

Here are lists of the varieties of tomatoes and peppers that will be for sale:

Herbs (.docx) (.pdf)

Board Adopts Guidelines Implementing Active Gardening Pilot

At the September All Gardeners meeting, Sunshine members directed the board "to pilot test requiring members to actively garden their plot(s) and a process for enforcing this requirement." The board has finalized the guidelines for implementing the pilot and will begin the pilot. The guidelines set out the process for identifying plots not being actively gardened and for how the board will enforce the active gardening requirement. Considerations in identifying inactively gardened plots will include:

  • Plot(s) not being consistently planted, maintained, or timely harvested; and
  • Consistently producing no more produce from plot(s) than would be expected from a smaller plot or fewer plots.

Once a plot is identified as not being actively gardened, the member will be required to sign an agreement detailing how the plot will be actively gardened. Failure to comply with the agreement will result in a sanction which could range from a warning to reduction in the size or number of plots assigned or termination of membership. Full guidelines.

Holiday Potluck a Success!!!

We gave the TSBVI a donation of $3,800 - the total net income from the Fall Plant Sale. We also presented a pass-along donation of $250 to All Blind Children of Texas. This is the amount of the donation we received from the Irex Foundation earlier this year.

More pictures can be found on the Picture Page

Volunteer Needed

A new opportunity to help. One of our members has arranged for us to pick up some of the food waste from Central Market on North Lamar. "We could start picking up from the kitchen/coffee bar area. This would entail picking up 5 gallon buckets of compostables (I think It would be about 4 per day to start with). Most of this would be coffee grounds, and cut fruits left over from the previous day...Pickup would need to be around 9, by 10 at the latest."

If you are interested, it seems like this opportunity is available most days. Our compost will thank you. Please contact Janet Adams at

Interesting Websites

Everybody has heard of the "Old Farmer's Almanac", but have you ever visited their website? Tons of good information.

Another good resource is TAMU horticulture.

If you have an interesting website to share, please send the link to

Tomato Tasting Results

Compare the taste and texture of tomatoes over the past years



2014 Results sorted alphabetically (.pdf)

2014 Results sorted by taste and looks (.xls)

Results from 2013 Tomato Tasting (.pdf)

Results from 2012 Tomato Tasting (.xls)

Gardeners' Picture Page

If you have pictures you want to share on the Sunshine web site Sharon has created a new feature that will allow you to do this.

Navigate to the upload page to upload your pictures.

Go to the Gardener's picture page to see the pictures. Click to see a larger view of each picture.

Problems/Comments? Contact Sharon at Thanks.

News Article

The Garden That Gives Together By Zoe Erler, The Philanthropic Enterprise

Watch video of the March-in on March 5, 2016.

Courtesy Berkley Bettis

Sunshine Updates

Updated Texas A & M AgriLife Vegetable Planting Schedule

Last year a new vegetable planting guide was published. Of note, tomatoes transplants can be planted the last week of February. Gardeners, watch the forecasts and plant at your own risk.

What Vegetables Grow Well Together

Many times I'm talking to fellow gardeners and am asked "Do you do companion gardening?" Well, yes and no. I subscribe to the theory that "If it tastes good cooked or served together, then it should be able to be grown together". My gardening neighbor tried to grow pole beans with onions on the outside of the beans and swore he'd never do that again because he did not get any beans. I do plant an overabundance of onions around my tomatoes and peppers, but only because there is empty space on the outside. By the time the onions are ready to be taken up (early-mid May), the tommies are just starting to go strong, so no energy is wasted growning the two together. Besides, alliums are supposed to be good bug repellants.

As I was searching for a particular webpage, I came across this article which explains in more detail the ins and outs of companion planting.

(If you come across an article you would like to share, please send the link and maybe an explanation or anecdote to Thanks.)

Pictures of Fall Transplanting

Video from the Plant Sale 2015 -- courtesy Berkley Bettis

2014 Tomato Test Plot Results

Welcome to Sunshine Community Gardens' website

Please feel free to contribute recipes, hints, pictures, links, comments or anything else you feel that will help this website become a gardener's reference and home.

Send email to Sharon at

Sunshine's Compost/Recycling Operations

Do you want to recycle leaves, grass clippings, or vegetable kitchen waste? You are welcome to bring this material to Sunshine Gardens and deposit it in the appropriate clearly marked pile.

Please empty your collection containers (another opportunity, to recycle) for reuse.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept twigs, branches, or logs as we have no way to deal with them as nature cannot break them down quickly enough given our limited space.

Also, we can't accept florist waste. We try to subscribe to organic practices and avoid herbicides and fungicides and preservatives. We don't know what the flowers are treated with but if and only if, it contains none of the above then you are welcome to dump it in our compost pile.

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