Board Meetings

Second Wednesday of every month.

Accuweather's forecast for January

Video of the opening moments of the 2017 plant sale.

Plant Sale March 3rd, 2018, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Plant Lists


Plot Invoices To Be Mailed By January 15th

2018 invoices for plot fees and service hours will be sent by email on or before January 15, 2018.

If a gardener has changed an email address in the past year, they should let the secretary and know right away.

Entry for Fall 2017 Green Binder has ended. Please email Carol at with your hours.


Thanks to all who have recently donated items for the 'Passalongs and Ornamentals' Tables for Sunshine's 2018 Spring Sale. Please hold on to your donations until closer to our sale in March. If questions and to coordinate donations: contact Susan Prosperie (

Thanks much!

Susan P.

Discounts on Gardening Supplies

Just a reminder (or fyi for newer gardeners), Sunshine Gardeners get a terrific discount on organic products at Brite Ideas.

I just went by there yesterday and really saved on seaweed/fish emulsion and other items!!

Susan P
Zone 2 G1-6

Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Organics - North Austin

2521 Rutland Dr., Ste. 475
Austin, TX 78758
Local: 512.459.4353
Owner: Troy Smith / Manager: Nick Snyder

(Live Mozambique Tilapia Fingerlings by the inch available only at this Location.)

North Austin Store Hours (OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK)
Monday-Friday 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Duties that Count for TSBVI Service Hours

July 1 thru December 31, 2017

  • weed paths of TSBVI garden
  • smooth paths of TSBVI garden
  • edge TSBVI garden area
  • weed area between TSBVI garden and TSBVI classroom
  • weed paths of accessible raised beds area
  • smooth paths of accessible raised beds area
  • edge accessible raised beds area
  • cut grass outside of fence along Sunshine and 49th St
  • cut grass along inside fence on all sides of Sunshine Gardens
  • remove trees and weeds from fence line on all sides of Sunshine Gardens
  • edge sidewalks and curbs along Sunshine and 49th St
  • pick up trash outside of garden along Sunshine and 49th St
  • pick up and dispose of trash in our compost area
  • working in garden outside of gate at entrance to Sunshine
  • special jobs assigned by Janet Adams or Nicole Fisher, TSBVI teacher

What does NOT count

  • cutting grass except for areas listed above
  • working in gardens around the trailer

Our agreement with TSBVI states explicitly that Sunshine is responsible for keeping all of the garden clean, orderly and maintained. The one TSBVI hour per plot is to benefit the school and their horticulture program more specifically.

Please contact Janet Adams with any problems or questions about this list.

Nicole is a teacher and keep in mind that if you see her at the classroom or in the TSBVI garden, she is probably working and will not be able to stop and talk. Her first priority must be the students and the school.

And always remember that the service hours requirement is a minimum, not a maximum.

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

Tomato Tasting Results

Compare the taste and texture of tomatoes over the past years




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 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 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

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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