Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
19 February 2014
Plants, Plants, Plants !
Just a little over a week to our Plant Sale and we need to get the word OUT. Funds from our plant sale enable our organization to continue to provide a garden oasis in Central Austin.
Tell your Facebook friends about it.
Please sign up and volunteer for a job before or during and/or after the plant sale.
Job descriptions and sign up sheets are in the office.
Boxes for the plant sale. Can everyone start collecting boxes for buyers to carry their purchases out of the garden?
Lists to varieties to be included in the sale
Here are some important dates regarding our plant sale.
- 20-21st Feb Trash Dumpster will be relocated to back of garden
- 25th Feb Tomato tent to arrive
- 25th Feb Road Trip to Gabriel Valley to load Tomatoes on truck
- 26th Feb 10am First truck load of tomatoes to arrive at garden
- 27th Feb 10am Second truck load of tomatoes and everything else to arrive at garden
- 28th Feb Port-o-Potty to arrive
- 28th Feb 36 yards of compost to be delivered
- 28th Feb Vendor Move in starts
- 1st Mar 7-8:30 Vendor Move in continues
- 1st Mar 9:00 am-2:00 pm Plant Sale Happens
Which Vegetables Tolerate Frost and Which Don't?
Cold tolerance depends somewhat on preconditioning. For instance, if broccoli has been growing in warm conditions and temperatures drop below 22 degrees F., it will probably be killed. If these same broccoli plants had already experienced cool weather, they would probably survive the sudden cold.
A frost (31-33 degrees F.) will kill beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumber, eggplant, okra, peas, pepper, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes and watermelon.
Colder temperatures (26-31 degrees F.) may burn foliage but will not kill: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, lettuce, mustard, onion, radish, and turnip.
The real cold weather champs are beets, Brussel Sprouts, carrots, collards, kale, parsley, and spinach.
Announcing Sunshine Community Gardens Forums
This site is a place where community garden members and friends of community gardens can meet and share gardening information with each other. It is free to sign up and free to use! You are welcome to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, ask questions, share resources, and make announcements. You can read the forums as a guest, but you have to log in to post.
There is a sideboard section on the right side of the main website showing recent posts. If you have problems, contact Sharon.
Save the Date
23 March, 2014. Sunday, at Sunshine Gardens
Wizzie Brown of Travis County Extension Service will talk about Fire and other ants.
When: February 25 - February 26
Where: Texas A&M AgriLife Center,
556 John Kimbrough Blvd,
College Station, TX 77843
Contact Person Connie Sebesta, Vegetable & Fruit Improvement Center, Ph 979-862-4592, email
The 2014 Conference of the Vegetable & Fruit Improvement Center will address future challenges of increasing the consumption of healthy vegetables and fruits. This conference will provide useful information from leaders in research, industry and government entities pertaining to research efforts to increase health promoting compounds in fruits and vegetables. The audience will gain information in a format that reaches a wide range of interests. The conference will consist of presentations, open dialogue and round table discussions.
To register and find more information go to the website
Austin Herb Society Seminar
Saturday, Feb 22, 9am - noon
All About Herbs : Ready, Set, Grow Your Own Herbs!
Cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for Austin Herb Society members.
Details at www.austinherbsociety.org
Vegetables to plant in February
All month: Lettuce, Radish, Beets, Collards, Kohlrabi, Turnips
Middle to end of month: Mustard
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-President - Janet Adams email@example.com
- Secretary (acting) - Janet Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Jack Reynolds email@example.com
- Director - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Zone 1, Jody Trendler firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 2, Katy Davis email@example.com
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey email@example.com
- Zone 5, Mary Gifford firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan email@example.com
- Zone 7, Jing Li firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 8, Irina Kaducova email@example.com
- Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder email@example.com
- Weekly Weeder Newsletter - Margaret Powis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plant Sale - Michael Hall email@example.com
- TSBVI Liason & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Rental - Kay McMurry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry email@example.com
- Water Leak Repairs - Stewart Nichols firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter email@example.com
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert firstname.lastname@example.org
Record Service Hours Online - the Virtual Green Binder