Plant Swap

Do you want to trade some native plants or would you like to find a place to take the  invasive plants you don’t want in your yard or garden? Come to the 2017 Texas Most Wanted Invasive Plant Buy-Back & Native Plant Swap on March 25 from 10 am-12 pm at Village at Western Oaks Karst Preserve at 5301 Davis Lane.

If you would like the plant list along with more information or are interested in volunteering, send us an email, and we’ll connect you with the person in charge.

Community BBQ and Potluck

Join us for a community-wide BBQ and potluck on Saturday, June 25 from 11:00 to 1:00. We’ll provide a couple of grills (one specifically for non-meat items), water, and iced tea. We’ll also cook up some sausage. You bring a side dish, any non-meat main course you may want, and adult beverages, if you like. Be sure to bring something to sit on, too.

We’re opening this event up to the community at large. Please let all your friends and neighbors know everyone is welcome to this event. Please visit our Facebook Event page (you don’t have to be on Facebook to do this) and RSVP by either clicking on Interested, Going, or Not Going on the drop-down menu.

The recipient of our giving back to the community this month is Austin Pets Alive! In that spirit, we welcome all well-behaved pets on leashes at the social. The following is an abbreviated wish list from APA. You can see the full list here. Please consider bringing one or more item from their wish list.

Dogs:
Castor and Pollux dry food (available at HEB)
Treat pouches
Rawhide dog chews
Dog sweaters (all sizes)
Peanut butter
Small dog treats
1 gallon water jugs (full or empty)
Greenie pill pockets
Poop bags

Cats:
Non-clumping cat litter
Buckets of clumping cat litter
Any brand cat food (for feral cats)
Egg timers
Feather and wand cat toys
Hand brooms
Stainless steel pans
Pill splitter/crusher
Ziplock bags

Cookie Contest Photos

Thanks to everyone who came to the monthly social in the garden last Saturday. We had quite an assortment of cookies–even a few vegan varieties. Congratulations to our winners: Sharon (3rd), Chelsea (2nd), and Gordon (1st). Be sure to check out the photos of our social in the photo gallery under Sharing the Love Valentine Cookie Contest.

We look forward to seeing you all next month for the Easter egg hunt on March 26. We are opening March’s monthly social up to the entire neighborhood, so be sure to spread the word.

Sharing the Love Valentine Cookie Contest

This month’s members-only social in the garden will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 13, at 2:00 with a Valentine cookie contest. Make and bring your favorite Valentine cookies to share. Everyone in attendance will get a ballot to vote for their favorite cookie. The first place winner will receive a garden gift basket and the runners-up will receive prizes, too. Winners will be announced at 3:30.

In keeping with our tradition of giving back to the community, we will be holding a donation drive to benefit SafePlace. SafePlace provides emergency and support services to families escaping domestic or sexual violence. To learn more about what they do, visit their website at http://www.safeaustin.org/safeplace/.

Most needed items at SafePlace:
Children’s socks and underwear (new)
Full size bottles of unopened adult shampoo and conditioner
Baby Wipes
Deodorant
Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
Razors and Shaving Cream
Diapers sizes 3-6
Pull-Ups sizes 2T-5T
Baby Shampoo
Baby Lotion
Baby Powder
Mouthwash
Unopened body wash/soap
Feminine Hygiene Products
Baby Bottles
Sippy Cups

Garden Updates

Be on the lookout for a few new beds in the garden. We’ll be getting some asparagus, sunchoke, and artichoke beds soon.
 
Under the pavilion, there’s a community tray where you can share any excess seeds, plants, etc. Please feel free to add any extras you have or take something from the tray you may be able to use.
 
During our meeting yesterday, we discussed the Ground to Ground project. Click the link if you’d like to learn more. 
 
Look for a few new events happening in the garden as well as a few tweaks to the website. We’ll keep you posted!

Holiday Hot Chocolate Social and Toy Drive (Members Only)

Garden Members,

Please join us for a hot chocolate social to celebrate as we head into the holidays. We’ll provide the hot chocolate (both regular and dairy-free). You bring a mug from which to enjoy your hot chocolate and a chair, if you don’t want to stand. Also, if you love to bake, please feel free to bring your favorite holiday cookies.

Our community service project this month is a toy drive for Operation Blue Santa. If you are unfamiliar with this program, Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit organized by Austin Police Department that provides a holiday meal and toys for each of the children in pre-selected families in need. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy appropriate for a child up to age 14.

We look forward to sharing a mug of hot chocolate and holiday cheer with you all!

Fall Garden Potluck (Members-Only)

Cherry Creek Community Garden members are invited to join together for a fall potluck in the garden this Saturday, November 21, from 12:30 to 2:30.

Central Market has given us a donation, which we will be using to purchase turkey and ham for the dinner. We’re creating a sign-up sheet for your contributions to the potluck and will send it out soon. We will serve the potluck off the beautiful community table, so be sure to include a serving utensil with your dish and bring a chair or blanket to sit on. In case of inclement weather, we’ll move the potluck to Frankie’s house.

Keeping with our young tradition of giving back to the community, we ask attendees to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food. At a time when we gather to give thanks for all we have, we ask you to remember those who are struggling to put food on their families’ tables. We will deliver all donations of non-perishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

At the Garden: Black and Yellow Argiope

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Black and Yellow Argiope

This beneficial spider is also known as a yellow garden spider or an orb weaver. Its webs are very intricate and can be over two feet wide. This spider, while it looks large and frightening, is a friend to the garden. Its prey includes mosquitoes, flies, moths, and some wasps. This one was spotted in the herb spiral, so if you are visiting the garden, enjoy checking her out, but please don’t kill her.

Workday and Monthly Social

Here are a few good reasons to visit the garden:

Monthly Member Workday

Members, join us for our workday on Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 to 4:00. Please note we’ve switched our workdays to Sunday afternoons in anticipation of cooler weather.

Goblins in the Garden (Monthly Social)

We are opening up the monthly social to the Central Cherry Creek neighborhood this month with our Goblins in the Garden event.

Bring the entire family to the garden for an early Halloween celebration. There will be pumpkin decorating, face painting, and snacks. We’re working on the possibility of a hay ride around Bayton Loop, too. Feel free to come in costume!

We are also beginning a tradition of using the monthly socials as a way to give back to the community. This month, we’re taking up a collection of new, adult-sized socks. We will distribute these to the homeless people in our area when the weather turns a little colder.

We hope to see you in the garden soon!

New Composting Signs

Gardeners,

You may have noticed three new signs in the compost area at the garden. Here’s a simple primer on them.

Feed: Please put your compostable items in this spot.
Use: Take compost from here to use on your garden.
Rest: Please don’t disturb this spot. The compost is in the making.

If you need a quick refresher on composting dos and don’ts, visit the Composting page on our website.