Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter

17 September 2014

Wanted mentors for new gardeners

If you're interested in mentoring new gardeners (or anyone for that matter) please indicate your willingness by emailing Kay McMurray at

Compost is ready

The compost "Harvest Here" sign has been moved to the former "Compost in Process" pile. This pile is now r eady to be used as it is no longer hot.

The fresh pile should probably be screened for optimal use and the leaves that remain on the screen added back to the active pile.

Please limit your harvesting of compost to two large wheelbarrows (not the extra large) per full size plot - and one wheelbarrow full for the half and quarter plots so that all gardeners can have an opportunity to use this high quality compost.

Announcing Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Annual Fall Plant Sale

From Wednesday, October 15th thru Saturday the 18th the nursery will be selling:

Prices are based off of pot size. All four inch pots are $2 each.

Open hours:
  Wednesday, October 15th 11am-6pm
  Thursday, October 16th 11 am to 4 pm
  Friday, October 17th 11 am to 6 pm
  Saturday, October 18th 9 am to 4 pm

Where: TSBVI Greenhouse - park at Sunshine Community Garden, at 4814 Sunshine Dr. Walk toward the back of the garden and go through the gate to get to the greenhouse.

The Fall Plant Sale is a fundraiser for the Horticulture work training program of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

For more information contact Nicole at 512-206-9369 or

More TSBVI News

Do you want to spread your knowledge to TSBVI students? If you would be interested in talking to a class about the chickens, bees, or maybe something else get in contact with Nicole, at

T-Shirt design contest for Sunshine Community Garden

Feeling creative???

T-shirt design guidelines:

Designs need to be submitted by October 31, 2014 at midnight.

Please submit via email or in person to any Board member.

Designs will be voted on for the following five days, online, until November 5 at midnight.

If possible we will also have them available to view at the garden for your consideration.

Any questions? Contact a Board member. Contact information on the website and also in each Weeder.

T-shirts, ideally, will be ready for purchase on December 6 for our Holiday meeting/potluck/party.

Events of Interest to Gardeners

Fruit Production for Producers and Backyard enthusiasts

September 24th, Wednesday. 8:30 am - 1:00 pm 502 Travis County Health and Human services, East Highland Mall Boulevard.

Monte Nesbitt AgriLife Statewide fruit specialist will be presenting this half day workshop.

This workshop is only offered semi-anually and is not to be missed.

Register online or by phone at 979.845.2604.

Organic Gardening 101

September 27th 2014, Saturday. 9:00 am Natural Gardener
Free class given by Rosina Newton, The class will last slightly longer than one hour.

This class is for beginning gardeners, or longtime gardeners from other parts of the country who have found out how challenging it is to garden in Central Texas. Learn about site selection, soil preparation, fertilization and more.

Rosina is a graduate of Texas A & M University in Horticulture.

Rebates for Compost, Mulch and Aerating:

Great news! The City of Austin is offering rebates for things we should all be doing in our yards - mulching plants & trees, and aerating & topdressing our lawns. If you do all three things (according to their rules, of course) you can get as much as $180 back! Buy what you need, and be sure to keep your receipts. For rules and more details, visit the City of Austin's website.


A site with a multitude of links of interest to gardeners in Central Texas:

Vegetables to plant in September

Mid to late month: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Peas (English and edible pod)

Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden


Zone Coordinators

Other Coordinators

Record Service Hours Online - the Virtual Green Binder

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