Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
12 January 2017
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Spring Garden Sale - Press Release for distribution
Please share this information with your neighborhood association and any other group you think will have an interest. Press Release.
Garden Leaf Pile
In the past week or so someone has twice dumped wood chips and
stumps into the leaf pile.
We are currently not accepting wood chips. This is temporary.
Please intervene if you someone with a load of wood chips.
Tips for After a Freeze
After a freeze, some plants may show signs of frost damage.
Frost damage can reveals itself as dark areas on leaves, a burnt appearance, or wilting.
Here are some things you can do to help protect and nurture a plant with frost/freeze damage.
- Don't prune: Although frost damage can be unsightly, you should not cut back dead or damages leaves or branches. This is very difficult for many gardeners, as cutting something unhealthy off their plant feels like the natural thing to do. However, the damaged leaves still have benefit by acting to protect the remaining plant from wind and chill. Besides, pruning promotes tender new growth, which is the last thing we want before winter is over.
- Keep your shears away until spring (late February for perennials and early March for tropicals) when the weather begins to warm. Spring is the time to cut back dead matter and let new growth take over. Feel free to trim plants all the way to the ground, just leaving a few inches of old growth. After you prune, use a fertilizer. Microlife 6-2-4 is an outstanding organic fertilizer that will help your plants with the production of new leaves and branches.
- Add Compost/Mulch: It's never a bad time to add compost and mulch. In fact, adding these two during the winter helps to further insulate plants' root zones while supplying plants with essential nutrients and the microbiology the need to stay healthy and happy. We recommend LadyBug Composts as it contains macro and micro nutrients for plants. For mulch, the Native Hardwood is best, double-ground and aged, apply a 2-3 inch layer.
- Prevent further damage: A damaged plant may not have what it takes to make it through another freeze. Protect these tender plants by bringing them inside if possible. If this isn't possible, wrap them in frost cloth. Cover the entire plant and secure well at the base to ensure no wind can move under the cloth. Wrapping a plant may make the difference between life and death in the garden. Before a hard freeze, water your garden well. Water saturated soil holds heat better than a dry soil. Keep damaged plants well-watered but be mindful that plants need less water in cooler weather.
Put Your Coop On The Map!
Apply for the 2017 Funky Chicken Coop Tour by January 24th!
Last year's tour was amazing! Are you ready to join us in 2017 to keep Austin FUNky with your very own backyard chicken coop, duck pen, or other poultry housing? Apply to show off your poultry habitat, fabulous or functional, for the 9th Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour. Yes-- your coop is funky enough!! The deadline to submit is January 24th. Apply Now!
Looking for More Ways to Join the Fun?
Volunteers are central to a successful and super funky tour. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Funky Chicken Coop Tour. Apply here to volunteer!!
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- Vice President - Jim Willmann firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary - Polly Porter email@example.com
- Treasurer - Caroline Limaye firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Bill Cason email@example.com
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- Director - Randy Thompson email@example.com
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- Zone 2, Katy Davis email@example.com
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey email@example.com
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- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan email@example.com
- Zone 7, Maria and Philip Wiley firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder
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- Plant Sale - Randy Thompson & Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- TSBVI Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Assignment - Kay McMurry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Compost Coordinator - Janet Adams email@example.com
- Education Committee - Shannon Posern firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry email@example.com
- Water Leak Repairs - Steve Schulz firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter email@example.com
- Kitchen Supplies - Anita Keese
(If supplies are needed for events, contact by email or at 512-773-2178)
- Compost Tea - Jennifer Woertz firstname.lastname@example.org
- Micah 6 - Dana Kuykendall email@example.com
- Micah 6 - Mary Gifford firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert email@example.com
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