Herbed Holiday Vinegars and Garden Gift Making

Sunday Oct 30, 11:AM - 1:00PM


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Herbed Holiday Vinegars and Garden Gift Making Workshop

Sunday Oct 30, 11:AM - 1:00PM

It's time to harvest all those lovely garden herbs and put them to work making flavored vinegars, perfect for holiday gift giving or just keep them for your own kitchen! Come to Sunshine Gardens on Sunday, Oct 30 - from 11AM till 1PM (outside if the weather is nice, or in the trailer if not,,,) to see how to make herbed vinegars and other garden type holiday gifts and decorations. Gardener Gail Reese will bring various sample herbal vinegars that are "making", sample bottles, labels, etc. for final packaging, as well as ideas for using dehydrators and garden produce for holiday decorations. While we don't have the facilities to have a hands on preparation session, instructions will be provided for producing your own herbal vinegars, garden gifts, etc. Everyone is welcome to bring their own ideas and samples for show and tell also! The session will go for two hours, so feel free to stop by for the whole time or take a gardening break and drop by for a short look and see! Contact Gail at 512 451-0913 if any questions.

Attn: Sunshine Gardeners
Sunshine-made Compost is Available

A big pile of our Sunshine-made compost is available. It is marked ready to harvest. Please remember to put the trash in the buckets available. And you can even empty them when full! If sifting, place the organic pieces left behind in another pile, either the compost not ready yet or the big pile where we put our old plants.

If you have any questions about the compost, please please contact Janet Adams at

Site Rule Amendments Ratified by Membership

At the 9/17 All Gardeners meeting, Sunshine membership ratified the five site rules amendments adopted by the board. The amendments fall into two categories. The first is amendments (3) addressing the minimum standards for how plots should be gardened.

  • Prohibiting encroachment on adjacent plots
  • Requiring maintenance of weed free buffer strip along borders shared with adjacent plots
  • Requiring active gardening of plots

The second is amendments (2) addressing operations of Sunshine Community Gardens.

  • Secondary gardener becoming primary gardener on plot
  • Earning service hours for maintenance of pathways

Summary and copies of the five amendments.

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.

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News Article

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

Watch video of the March-in on March 5.

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.

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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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