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Gardening Resources / Re: Gardening Links
« Last post by Shoaff on August 29, 2017, 01:17 AM »
This is a handy little resource. I bookmarked it thanks SC!
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News Articles / Milkweed for Monarchs
« Last post by scgardenweb on December 24, 2016, 07:25 AM »
Came across this article this morning...

http://blog.nwf.org/2015/02/twelve-native-milkweeds-for-monarchs/

Good picts. Lots of info.
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News Articles / How to Use SCG's Compost Tea
« Last post by scgardenweb on November 06, 2016, 02:53 PM »
Compost Tea

Is usually available on the weekends. Free to Sunshine Gardeners, Check in the north greenhouse, there will be a sign outside if there is a fresh batch of compost tea.

Compost tea can be used as either a soil drench or a foliar spray. The tea should be diluted approximately 10:1 before use, so 1/2 gallon should be more than enough for your plot! The tea should be used within 8 hours after bottling. The millions of live microorganisms in the tea use up available oxygen very quickly in the confines of a small container where they can go dormant.

Benefits of using of aerobic compost tea include:

   
  • Improved plant growth as a result of protecting plant surfaces with beneficial organisms which occupy infection sites and prevent disease-causing organisms from finding the plant
  • Improved nutrient retention and water retention in the soil
  • Improved plant nutrition by increasing nutrient availability in the root system
  • Improved uptake of nutrients through the foliage while at the same time reducing evaporative loss from the leaf surface
  • Improved soil structure
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Events in the Neighborhood / Vinegars & Holiday Gifts
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 17, 2016, 07:38 PM »
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.
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Gardening Resources / Gardening Links
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 17, 2016, 10:24 AM »
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News Articles / Avoid Heat Stroke this Summer
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 14, 2016, 02:01 PM »
Avoid Heat Stroke this Summer

By Shirley Ward, BSN, RN (former Sunshine Gardener)

Illness caused by exposure to heat can be prevented. Gardeners are at risk for heat illnesses because we work during hot conditions, usually longer than we planned, and don't drink adequate fluids. Risk factors for heat illnesses are age, heart disease and medications that have a "dry mouth" side effect. (These include diuretics, decongestants, antidepressants, and high blood pressure medications.) Intake of alcohol and caffeine increases the risk as does weather temperture and high humidity. (Very low humidity is dangerous as well, since most of us use perspiration as a guide to body fluid loss).

Three stages of heat illnesses:

 
  • Heat Cramps -- usually in legs and abdominal area.
  • Heat Exhaustion -- nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache, lightheadedness. Skin is (usually) cool and wet. Skin color may be grayish.
  • Heat Stroke -- skin is red, hot and dry. Person may be confused or disoriented. Sudden loss of consciousness followed by seizures could indicate heat stroke.

First Aid: (Start immediately since heat cramps can go into heat exhaustion and then to heat stroke). Get the person out of the hot environment and into a cool place. Cool with sprays of cool water. Place wet, cool cloths against the person's skin.

Heat Cramps or Heat Exhaustion: Have the person sit or lie down and replace body fluids by giving water to drink. If the person is not feeling better in thirty minutes or if conditions worsen, call 911.

Heat Stroke: This is a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 and cool the person as rapidly as possible. Wet the person with water, cool with a fan -- change cool wet cloths as soon as they become hot. Do not give an unconscious person anything by mouth.

Prevention:

  • Don't do heavy physical labor during the hot part of the day.
  • Bring water or drinks with you and drink even though you are not thirsty. Water is best; no alcohol or caffeine. Wear a hat while exposed to sun and heat.
  • Get into a cool environment immediately if you have symptoms. Drink additional fluids.
  • Let somebody else know that you are feeling unwell.

Printed in "The Garden Plot" Volume 1 Number 3, Summer 2000
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News Articles / Calling all old newsletter holders & new news articles
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 14, 2016, 01:37 PM »
In this board I would like to share articles that are of interest, both from old newsletters and new articles from readers. I will also trace the names of the SCG newsletter through the years.

If you have any old newsletters (hard copy) or new articles and wish to share, please let Sharon at scgardenweb@gmail.com know.

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General Discussion / MOVED: Workday
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 14, 2016, 11:03 AM »
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Events in the Neighborhood / Workday
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 14, 2016, 11:00 AM »
Workday
Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:30 - 10:30

There will be a Work Day on Saturday, October 15, from 8:30 until 10:30. The workday will be led by Mary Gifford, Zone Coordinator. Both regular and TSBVI service hour tasks will be available. The workday will focus on restoring common paths and on maintaining the fence line.
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Recipes / Pfeffernuesse Frosting
« Last post by scgardenweb on October 14, 2016, 10:46 AM »

Pfeffernuesse Frosting

1 large egg white
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
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1-1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a 1-quart mixing bowl. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.

Place 12 to 14 cookies and 2 tablespoons frosting, at a time, in a mixing bowl. Stir with fork until all cookies are lightly covered.

Repeat using all cookies and frosting.

Recipe from "The Spice Cookbook"
by Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckey
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