Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
12 November 2014
T-shirt design competition
Three designs tied with the most votes, and a run-off is necessary. (Just like the real Nov 4 elections). The T-shirt will be gray.
Please vote online at www.sunshinecommunitygardens.org
We have an opportunity to feed our compost piles just what they need - organic produce that will supply both moisture and nitrogen. Is anyone willing to do pick-ups at the Natural Grocers located at 3901 Guadalupe several times a week?
Please contact Ila.email@example.com for specifics if you are interested.
Rabbits are Back
If you spot any animals of any kind in the traps, please send a text message to the telephone number on the trap, or email Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please report any NEW rabbit sightings to the above address, giving the date/time seen, and where seen, including plot number if known.
Saturday, 15th November, 8 a.m. Lots of help needed. Come one come all.
We need to replace the plastic on the greenhouse in preparation for seeding the herbs for the plant sale. This job will take a lot of volunteers. If you have any questions contact Janet Adams at jartdaht@ gmail.com.
The Green Binder
Important Reminder: The Virtual Green Binder (VGB) makes it easy for each gardener to check hours worked and amount owed. Simply scroll to the bottom of the screen to see the totals. For example, this gardener knows she must complete one hour of TSBVI service by December 31 or pay $50.
*A training session for gardeners needing help entering service hours on the Virtual Green Binder is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 9-10. Come help repair the greenhouse and take a quick VGB break.
Freezing Temperatures Predicted for the Next Two Nights
Many winter crops are not affected by the freezes we get in Central Texas. It is difficult to give an exact temperature when plants will be affected by a freeze as there are several issues that have to be taken into account.
- Is your garden in a frost hollow? One garden can be affected by a light frost and the next one may escape. It just depends how the frost moves over the landscape. Experience will teach you which areas are more prone to frost.
- Are the freezing temperatures accompanied by wind. This tends produce a harder freeze than still air.
- How long did the freeze last? The longer the freeze the more damage will be done.
It is rare to have a hard freeze that lasts for long in Central Texas. This means gardeners can take some steps to mitigate the effects of a freeze.
- water the ground the afternoon before the expected frost. Humidity tends to increase the temperature on the ground.
- Cover plants with frost covers, or old sheets, or even cardboard. Do not use plastic as this will not protect from freezes. Use some method of raising the covers above the plants so that a cushion of air is around the whole plant. In effect what the gardener is doing is making a tent around the plants. This can raise the temperature just enough to protect the plants from the freeze.
- Ideally the plants should have been hardened off before the freeze. This is not always possible due to our erratic weather. A transplant put in the day before a freeze is not going to do as well as a plant that is established. A plant that has experienced cold temperatures will withstand a freeze much better.
Plants that can withstand a light frost, between 28-32f, are:
artichokes, beets, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, peas, swiss chard, escarole, arugala, bok choy, mache and radicchio.
Plants that can withstand a hard frost, 25-28f, are:
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, spinach, turnips, leeks and sorrel.
Gardeners, please remember that Sunshine's site rules require you to maintain two feet beyond the surrounding border of your plot into paths and common areas. This allows us to keep our borders with our neighbors neat and organized.
My name is Sunanda and my plot is near the compost.
My cousin and I were saving a big Opo Squash for seeds for next year.We had been saving it since since July. Some stole it or threw it away 2 weeks ago. We are bit upset. It was huge and it was close to a wooden box. The people who took it can't eat it since it will be very hard to cut it or cook it. Would have been good for seeds for next year. Does anyone have any information on it? If so contact Sunanda Vonteri at email@example.com.
Note to Readers
Do not send emails to this address as the editor only checks incoming mail once or twice a week. Send your emails to one of the board members whose email addresses are at the end of this newsletter.
A site with a multitude of links of interest to gardeners in Central Texas: http://gardeninglaunchpad.com/Aus.html
Vegetables to plant in November
Early to mid-month: - Carrots, Turnip, Chard, Kale, Mustard.
All month: Kale, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach.
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-President - Janet Adams email@example.com
- Secretary - Ginny Heilman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Jack Reynolds email@example.com
- Director - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Director - Linda Francescone 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 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
Record Service Hours Online - the Virtual Green Binder