Clear the Hackberries Workday

Sat. 9/24, 8:00-10:30 am

Fall Plant Sale

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


Board Meetings

First Tuesday of every month.

Accuweather's forecast for September

If you are signed up to receive the Weekly Weeder and have not been receiving it, here is a troubleshooting page to help. If this doesn't help, please let Sharon at know. Thanks.

Volunteer Needed

Another opportunity for one of you!! Recycling!! The garden needs a reliable person willing to gather and then recycle plastic, paper and cans from around the site. Many non-members come to Sunshine to eat lunch and they often leave trash and recyclable items. It is usually manageable by a member taking that stuff home and adding it to the city recycling bin. At other times, there is more than that, especially after an event at the garden. That means trips to the city facility in south Austin.

If you are willing to take this ongoing job at the garden, please contact Janet Adams She will show you what to do and how to do it. Thank you.

Attn: Sunshine Gardeners
Sunshine-made Compost is Available

A big pile of our Sunshine-made compost is available. It is marked ready to harvest. Please remember to put the trash in the buckets available. And you can even empty them when full! If sifting, place the organic pieces left behind in another pile, either the compost not ready yet or the big pile where we put our old plants.

If you have any questions about the compost, please please contact Janet Adams at

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

Site Rule Amendments Ratified by Membership

At the 9/17 All Gardeners meeting, Sunshine membership ratified the five site rules amendments adopted by the board. The amendments fall into two categories. The first is amendments (3) addressing the minimum standards for how plots should be gardened.

  • Prohibiting encroachment on adjacent plots
  • Requiring maintenance of weed free buffer strip along borders shared with adjacent plots
  • Requiring active gardening of plots

The second is amendments (2) addressing operations of Sunshine Community Gardens.

  • Secondary gardener becoming primary gardener on plot
  • Earning service hours for maintenance of pathways

Summary and copies of the five amendments.

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.

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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