Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
18 February 2015
Gardeners' Meeting Sat 21st Feb
There will be a short all gardeners' meeting on Saturday, 21 February at 10:00 am near the trailer (inside if weather is bad).
There will be two workdays before the sale. Come out and get the garden in shape for our visitors.
Saturday 21st February led by Mary Gifford and Ludmila Voskov
Saturday 28th February led by Ila Falvey and Cheryl Hazeltine
For contact information see details at the end of this newsletter.
17 Days before the Plant Sale (but who's counting?)
Our annual fundraiser plant sale is on Saturday, 7th March starting at 9:00 am. Calling all volunteers - View the sign up page.
There are opportunities to help at the sale or in the setting up and breaking down in the aftermath.
To help advertise the sale there are postcards in the trailer for you to distribute to your friends, relations, and anyone you meet. We have some excellent musicians playing:
- 9:00 am Minor Mishap Marching Band
- 10:00 am Bob Slaughter
- 12:00pm Adrienne Braswell
There will be entertainment for the whole family. Please spread the word.
Help Promote the Plant Sale
Send this "postcard" along with a note to invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to the March 7, Certified Organic Spring Vegetable Sale and general entertainment at 9:00 am, 4814 Sunshine Drive, Tx 78756. Go to the website for more information.
If you have any plants you want to contribute to the plant sale, now is the time to do it. There is potting soil in the greenhouse and pots. After potting up the plants on the potting bench along the side of the greenhouse, label them with the name of the plant and leave them on the potting bench.
Why Our Soil is Important
As gardeners we all know that we need soil in order to grow plants, but soil also acts as holder of carbon. This removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and deposits it as carbon in the soil. Plants use carbon in the air to transform into carbohydrates to feed themselves and send the excess carbohydrates through their roots into the soil where the soil organisms feed. What this amounts to is a system that controls the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Bare soil will release the carbon back into the air, by clearing our land we increase the amount of carbon dioxide. By returning plant material to the soil we contribute to the soil's ability to control carbon dioxide. While this is only a small part of the earth's ecology, we can as gardeners can contribute in a small way to keeping the earth's major resource functioning at its optimum level.
Events of Interest
Texas Pollinator Powwow
Saturday, 28 February 2015
To be held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
The purpose is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to natural resource management professionals and volunteers, and the community at large, to empower them in conserving our pollinators and their habitats across the landscape.
There will be 8 speakers and 24 exhibitors.
Cost; $25.00 per person by February 24th.
To Do in February
Plant Beets, Collards, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Turnips, Mustard.
Fertilize onions with high nitrogen fertilizer.
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Ila Falvey email@example.com
- Vice-President - Janet Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary - Ginny Heilman email@example.com
- Treasurer - Jack Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Michael Hall email@example.com
- Director - Kay McMurry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - vacant
- Zone 1, Jody Trendler email@example.com
- Zone 2, Katy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov email@example.com
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 5, Mary Gifford email@example.com
- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 7, Jing Li email@example.com
- Zone 8, Irina Kaducova firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine email@example.com
- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weekly Weeder Newsletter - Margaret Powis email@example.com
- Plant Sale - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- TSBVI Liason & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Rental - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Water Leak Repairs - Stewart Nichols email@example.com
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert email@example.com
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