Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
18 March 2015
Tim Miller of Millberg Farm, Kyle, has won the state-wide Blue Legacy Award Producer for Water Conservation. He began his farming career growing produce at Sunshine (formerly ACG). He will be given the award at the State capitol on March 26th about 3:30pm. Tim wins the award for 25 years of not pumping any aquifer water, as he practices dry land farming, and for conducting water conservation workshops. Tim relies on natural rainfall only.
We should keep Tim's accomplishment in mind as the watering season approaches.
Pick Up Organic Produce for the Compost Pile
There is an opportunity to pick up discarded organic produce for Sunshine's compost pile from the Natural Grocers at 3901 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751.
If you are willing to do this, please contact Ila for more information.
Garden Tool Use
Now it's springtime it's also time to get the garden ready for the next season's crops. In order to prepare the soil you may need to dig. It is important to use the right tools for the job. One reason is that it is easier on the gardener, the other is that it is easier on the garden tool. A pitchfork for example is used to move light loads (leaves, straw, dead plants, etc.). It is not a digging tool. You can tell a pitchfork from a digging fork by the tines. A digging fork has straighter, thicker tines than a pitchfork. The pitchfork has curved thinner tines. While you can use a digging fork for moving light loads, it will be far less efficient. However, you cannot use a pitchfork for digging as the tines are not designed to pierce and carry soil, and will bend and possibly break. So before you start digging make sure you are using the right tool.
Here are a few more commonly used garden tools and their uses. A digging fork is called a spading fork in this example.
A new book, by Elizabeth Murphy "Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach" (Cool Springs Press), will be released at the end of March. Building Soil has one basic premise: in order to grow healthy and productive gardens, farms, and communities, we have to grow healthy, living soils. To learn more, visit dirtsecrets.com/building-soil.
"As a companion to the book, I've started a website and blog, Dirty Little Secrets (www.dirtsecrets.com), which I hope to grow into a comprehensive resource for living soil lovers. Stay tuned for articles and blog posts ranging from the cover crop wonders of daikon radish to featured farms from around the world."
What to plant in March
Mid - Late month: Lettuce, Mustard, Radish, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers, Pumpkin, Squash, Tomatoes.
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-President - Janet Adams email@example.com
- Secretary - Ginny Heilman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Jack Reynolds email@example.com
- Director - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Director - vacant
- Zone 1, Jody Trendler firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 2, Katy Davis email@example.com
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey email@example.com
- Zone 5, Mary Gifford firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan email@example.com
- Zone 7, Jing Li firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 8, Irina Kaducova email@example.com
- Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder email@example.com
- Weekly Weeder Newsletter - Margaret Powis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plant Sale - Michael Hall email@example.com
- TSBVI Liason & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Rental - Kay McMurry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry email@example.com
- Water Leak Repairs - Stewart Nichols firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter email@example.com
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert firstname.lastname@example.org
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