Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
22 July 2015
22 July at 7:30 pm Bats in the Backyard by Nevin Darish, ecologist.
Learn about the benefits and dispel myths of having bats in your backyard garden. Presentation will include a demonstration at sunset to detect what bats we might have near Sunshine Community Gardens.
Light refreshments will be provided.
July in the Garden
July in a Texas garden is not a time for wimpy plants (or gardeners). The constant heat tests both plants, gardeners and soil. A few plants will survive but it's really a time of dormancy for most. It is also a time to work on getting the garden ready for fall planting. Apply compost and water in and then cover with a mulch. The leaf pile in the south-east section of Sunshine is a free and effective source of mulch. When the temperatures finally cool down the mulch can be pulled back and plants put in.
Mulch does at least three things, it protects the soil and soil organisms from some of the heat. It slows down the loss of moisture and it will dissuade about 90% of the weeds from establishing themselves. In addition it will gradually decompose and add humus to the soil.
If you are planting during July, make sure you water the area to be planted, thoroughly before either putting in seeds or plants.
Gardeners should also take care when working in the hot weather. Make sure you have a large supply of water for drinking, dehydration can be a problem. Wear sunscreen and a hat. If you start to feel the effects of too much heat, remember there is a cool room in the trailer with a air conditioner in it. Just go sit in that room until you feel better. Generally it is best to work first thing in the morning or in the evening.
Things to plant in July
Mid to Late month: Corn, Eggplant, Peppers, Southern Peas, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Amaranth and Okra.
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Jeff Monks firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President - Jim Willmann email@example.com
- Secretary - Vacant firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Caroline Limaye email@example.com
- Director - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Director - Shannon Posern firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 Kadukova 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
- Compost Coordinator - Janet Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
- Compost Tea - Jennifer Woertz email@example.com
- Education Committee - Shannon Posern 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