All Gardeners Meeting

Saturday, Sept 17, 10 am

Fall Plant Sale

Thurs, Sept. 22, 10-1
Fri, Sept 23, 10-1
Sat, Sept 24, 9-2


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Volunteer(s) Needed

This week's job is vital to all who use the trailer. Be the one who monitors and then goes to buy toilet paper, paper towels, plastic bags, dish soap and hand soap. You will turn in your receipts and be repaid.

Please contact Janet Adams at if you are interested. I will show you what to do and how to do it.

Fall Plant Sale!

Dates for our Fall Plant Sale benefitting TSBVI Horticulture Department (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired) will held on the following dates:

  • Thurs, Sept. 22, 10-1
  • Fri, Sept 23, 10-1
  • Sat, Sept 24, 9-2

Featured is a large selection of organic, hard-to-find varieties of Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Cabbage and more!

Flyer for plant sale

Descriptions and pictures of transplants.

Artichoke Emerald
Arugula Astro
Bok Choy Tatsoi Rosette
Toy Choy
Broccoli Hon Tsai Tai
Summer Purple
Waltham 29
Broccoli Raab Rapini
Brussels Sprouts Falstaff
Cabbage Aubervilliers
Early Jersey Wakefield
Premium Late Flat Dutch
Red Express
Cauliflower Cheddar
Green Macerata
Purple of Sicily
Veronica Romanesco
Collard Greens Morris Heading
Kale Dinosaur (Toscano)
Russian Red
Lettuce Freckles
Rouge d' Hiver
Mustard Greens Red Giant
Swiss Chard Bright Lights
Herb Calendula
Chives (Garlic)
Cilantro Longstanding
Dill (Mammoth)
Parsley (Italian)
Annual Pansy Swiss Giant
Viola Helen Mount
Perennial Bee Balm
Copper Canyon Daisy
Gregg's Mistflower

Planning for the Fall plant sale has begun. The plan is to start the seeding the 2nd week of August. Most of the seeds should be germinated and ready to transplant about 2 weeks after that. We will have approximately 5000-6000 transplants, including fun varieties of broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbages, and more. Since the fall sale gives all profits to TSBVI, your volunteer time counts as your TSBVI hour!

Volunteers will be needed for:

  • Planting seeds in plug trays
  • Filling pots and transplanting plugs
  • Watering transplants
  • Moving plants from the TSBVI greenhouse to the Sunshine greenhouse the day before the sale
  • Cashiers
  • Tag writing

We will need volunteers to water once we start planting. Hopefully, we can get 14 folks (water twice a day, so each person will have one turn a week). Tag writing will be assigned once we know what has survived the transplanting process. Cashiers should expect to fill a 3-hour shift.

If you would like to volunteer complete this survey.

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)

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News Article

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

Watch video of the March-in on March 5.

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

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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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