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All Gardeners Meeting

Saturday, May 20th - 10:00 am

TSBVI Workday

Sunday, April 23rd, 9-11 am


Ongoing

Board Meetings

First Tuesday of every month.

Accuweather's forecast for April


Video of the opening moments of this year's plant sale.


Workday Sunday - Earn TSBVI Hours

Sunday, April 23rd, 9:00 to 11:00 am

TSBVI service hours will be available for everyone participating so the workday will be a good time for Sunshine gardeners to get in their required spring season TSBVI service hours. Tasks will include clearing gardens around trailer, clearing vacated plots, maintaining fence line, and mowing. Martin Morales and Ila Falvey, Coordinators for Zones 1 and 4, will lead the workday.


Board Adopts Guidelines Implementing Active Gardening Pilot

At the September All Gardeners meeting, Sunshine members directed the board "to pilot test requiring members to actively garden their plot(s) and a process for enforcing this requirement." The board has finalized the guidelines for implementing the pilot and will begin the pilot. The guidelines set out the process for identifying plots not being actively gardened and for how the board will enforce the active gardening requirement. Considerations in identifying inactively gardened plots will include:

  • Plot(s) not being consistently planted, maintained, or timely harvested; and
  • Consistently producing no more produce from plot(s) than would be expected from a smaller plot or fewer plots.

Once a plot is identified as not being actively gardened, the member will be required to sign an agreement detailing how the plot will be actively gardened. Failure to comply with the agreement will result in a sanction which could range from a warning to reduction in the size or number of plots assigned or termination of membership. Full guidelines.


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 scgardenweb@gmail.com.


Tomato Tasting Results

Compare the taste and texture of tomatoes over the past years

2016

2015

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 scgardenweb@gmail.com. Thanks.


News Article

The Garden That Gives Together By Zoe Erler, The Philanthropic Enterprise


Watch video of the March-in on March 5, 2016.

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 scgardenweb@gmail.com. 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 scgardenweb@gmail.com.

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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