Sunshine Weekly Weeder



Sunshine Community Gardens membership renewal notices were sent out by email on January 11.

The notices were sent from the treasurer's address:

Payments are due on January 31st. Just drop your payment off through the mail slot in the garden office.
Please pay promptly. Fees not paid within ten days of the due date may result in the forfeiture of your plot, and we have a very long list of people waiting to garden at Sunshine.

For service hours billing questions and corrections, contact Sue Brownlee, the garden secretary, at

If you did not receive a renewal notice or have a question about the renewal fee, contact Suzanne Erickson, the garden treasurer, at

Two colors: white and blue
Four sizes: S, M, L, XL
Price: $10 (for Sunshine Gardeners)

The T-shirts have been ordered and will be here soon. For a preview, check the bulletin board in the garden trailer. We'll let you know when they arrive and how, when, and where to purchase this essential wardrobe item.

Happy New Year to All

I have been trying for the past several years to encourage gardeners to adopt a garden task(s) that they are willing to do on a continuing basis. My attempts are minimally successful as evidenced by the large turnout of gardeners who waited until the end of the service hour period to swing into action. This presented a problem as there was little left to do and what was done in several instances destroyed plants. Gardeners have an opportunity to partake in official workdays through the year. Very few gardeners attend these scheduled workdays.

If there is a garden task that you want to do, please let me know. The task can be from the list in the attached file, Repetitive Garden Tasks, or anything that you think needs doing (please check with me first). I think if you ask yourself how can my activity benefit the garden, rather than I need service hours--what do I have to do, Sunshine would shine more brightly.

Happy Gardening

Ila Falvey
Sunshine Maintenance Coordinator


We need a few volunteers who are willing to volunteer their iPhone or Android to be used as credit card swipers during the Spring Plant Sale. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Suzanne,
Qualifying phones are:
iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iOS3.0 or later Internet connection.
Android version 2.1 or later Internet connection.

Volunteers will need to arrange to meet Suzanne at Starbucks at 45th and Lamar to download software to your phone. During the sale, a swiper will be attached to your phone for swiping credit cards. The software can be uninstalled after the sale. We need people who can commit to working one or more shifts as cashier during the pre-Plant Sale for volunteers on Friday, March 2, late afternoon and early evening, and during the Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 3, 9 am - 2 pm.

from Travis County Master Gardeners and Travis County AgriLife Extension

Planting Spring Vegetables
Saturday, January 14, 10am-12pm
Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd

Master Gardener Patty Leander will share her knowledge of planning and growing your own home vegetable garden. She will also address our recent drought conditions and it's long term effects. Plant lists, seed sources and planting schedules will be provided for you to take home.

Parking and seating are limited so please register online to reserve your seat at and click on "Public Seminar Registration". This seminar is free. The Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior.

From Seeds to Transplants
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10am-12pm
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office
1600-B Smith Road

From Seeds to Transplants will help you understand which vegetable plants are good candidates to start from seeds to get a jump start on the growing season. Learn about seeds, growing material, lighting, temperature, air circulation and moisture requirements.

  • ALL GARDNER MEETING and Valentines Day Potluck - Saturday, February 11 at 1pm
  • WORKDAY - Saturday, February 18 - 9am - 12 noon
  • WORKDAY - Saturday, February 25 - 9am - 12 noon
  • SPRING PLANT SALE - Saturday, March 3 - 9 am

Contact Information

Jack McEvoy, President -
Jeff Schulz, Vice President -
Suzanne Erickson, Treasurer -
Sue Brownlee, Secretary -
Linda Booker, Director -
Ila Falvey, Director -
Nancy Seibert, Director -

Coordinators & Chairs

Zone 1, Patsy Painter -
Zone 2, Katy Davis -
Zone 3, Sheila Bartholomew -
Zone 4, Alan Marburger -
Zone 5, Mary Gifford -

Zone 6, Annik Jackson -
Zone 7, Diana Dworaczyk -
Zone 8, Felicia Kongable -
Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine -
Zone 10, Emily Tisinger -

Plant Sale -Michael

TSBVI Liaison & Volunteer Coordinators
Mike Meyer and Linda Booker

Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry -
Compost - Steve Uecker -
Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter -
Maintenance Coordinator - Ila Falvey -
Website Coordinators - Kathleen Neville and Larry Olsen -

Record Service Hours Online - the Virtual Green Binder

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