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VERNON BARKER GARDEN PROJECT - A GARDEN PLOT FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED
There will be a Workday this Saturday, October 27 from 9 am to 12 noon, to continue work on this plot under construction between the plots just east of the tool shed and the parking area. The plot is being constructed to be accessible to physically challenged gardeners, in honor of Vernon Barker (a long-time Sunshine gardener who passed away last year). It will feature 24” high raised beds to allow people in wheel chairs, with back, or other elasticity problems the opportunity to do a little gardening.
Tasks will include:
For more information contact Steven Uecker, email@example.com.
- Moving in the rest of the crushed granite to the garden plot
- Assembling the planters on the plot
- Laying down a liner and PCV pipe to install a wicking bed
What is a Wicking Bed?
A wicking bed is a raised bed that is designed to hold some water in a gravel substrate below the soil layer. The water gets to the layer via a L shaped perforated PVC tube that has a cap at the surface where the bed is watered. A membrane about 6" high keeps water present but allows drainage in a downpour. The soil then wicks that water up from the bottom, feeding the roots from below like a mini aquifer. This keeps the soil cool and moist which is a great way to make these back relieving beds productive in our climate. It reduces water waste by not losing it to evaporation and run off, and it promotes root growth down into the soil and not the surface making a happier stronger plant.
WORKDAYS IN NOVEMBER and DECEMBER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9 AM - 12 NOON
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9 AM - 12 NOON
NOVEMBER 3: Katy Davis and Anick Jackson are the coordinators. It is best to get those hours in before more people than tasks show up in December. Join us at the garden trailer at 9 for brief instructions.
DECEMBER 8: Coordinators are Felicia Kongable, Ludmila Voskov and Jody Trendler.
URBAN FARM BICYCLE TOUR
The 2012 Urban Farm Bicycle Touris coming to Sunshine Gardens on Saturday, December 1st.
We need volunteers to be on site for several shifts all day to greet the tour participants, answer questions and show them around the garden.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jeff Schulz.
VEGETABLES TO PLANT IN LATE OCTOBER
HERBS TO PLANT IN OCTOBER
Mexican Mint Marigold
AUSTIN HERB SOCIETY NOVEMBER MEETING
Holiday Wreaths & Table Arrangements
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6
Zilker Garden Center
Get a jump start on your holiday décor with beautiful and fragrant “herb-centric” wreaths and table arrangements demonstrated by floral and interior design specialist and educator Pat Shirley Becker, A.I.F.D., C.F.D. & T.M.F.A.. She is past president of Texas State Florists’ Association. Members are asked to bring herbs from their home gardens for use in the arrangements.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Project Workday - Saturday, October 27, 9 am - 12 noon
- Workday - Saturday, November 3, 9 am - 12 noon
- Board Meeting, Monday, November 19, 6 pm at - M. Hall's house
- Workday - Saturday, December 8, 9 am - 12 noon
Jack McEvoy, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Schulz, Vice President - email@example.com
Jack Reynolds, Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Brownlee, Secretary - email@example.com
Michael Hall, Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay McMurry, Director - email@example.com
Emily Tisinger, Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinators & Chairs
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, Annik Jackson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Zone 7, Diana Dworaczyk - email@example.com
Zone 8, Felicia Kongable - firstname.lastname@example.org
Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine - email@example.com
Zone 10, Emily Tisinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant Sale -Michael Hallfibercable@austin.rr.com
Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry - email@example.com
Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance Coordinator - Ila Falvey - email@example.com
Website Coordinators - Kathleen Neville - firstname.lastname@example.org
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