Volume 31, Issue #03 – March 2021
March is here, thank goodness! February was really rough; freezing weather, no electricity, no water, broken pipes, damaged homes. And finally, our attention turned to our gardens. As I look at my own, I see brown leaves, nude stems, mushy bulb foliage, and so much more! The seemingly total devastation took my breath away. But after taking a deep breath I remembered how resilient many of our plants are. I know not to cut back anything at the moment. Please read the article in today’s issue, “After the Freeze.” And join David Rodriguez, Bexar County AgriLife Extension Agent – Horticulture, on Friday, March 5, at 1:30 PM at CULTIVATE! as he hosts a free session “After the Big Freeze… What to Do in Your Garden.” He will share what has happened and what your next steps should be. And he will allow plenty of time for Q&A, so get your questions ready!
And speaking of CULTIVATE!, registration is open. It will again be completely online, Friday & Saturday, March 5-6. There are 7 sessions on different gardening topics. SAWS customers have the ability to earn all 7 WaterSaver Reward points to earn $150 in coupons for plants, soils, mulches, tools, and so much more! Plus, this year, one lucky participant will win a Dual Membership to the San Antonio Botanical Garden!
Finally, I know you are hearing a lot of people say you should be watering your plants at this time. Snow counts as precipitation and we currently have plenty of moisture in the soil. Instead, take this time to check your irrigation system for any damage from the storm. And let’s get ready to have a wonderful spring!
Wishing you happy days in the garden,
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Please check out all of the FREE classes and webinars listed in this issue.
- This Month’s Presentation– Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces
- Superstar Spotlight – Celebrity Tomato
- Pruning Tips for Crepe Myrtles by Candy Roach
- Growing Cucumbers by Michelle Hobbs
- After The Freeze by Linda Cace
- Gardening Education – Online Opportunities
- Gardening Webinar Series
- Agrilife Today
- Aggie Horticulture Facebook Events
- Earth-Kind Webinar Series
- BCMG YouTube
- WOAI 1200 AM – Lawn and Garden Show
- Ask a Master Gardener Hotline
- Can You Help – Join Amazon Smile?
- BCMG Facebook
- Member News
- Master Gardener of the Spring 2021 – Kathy Breniman by Ann Marie Caldwell
BCMG offices are open at 25%. You must have an appointment to go in. Call before going over.
All monthly meetings and classes for 2021 will be on-line webinars held on Zoom, until further notice. And they are all FREE.
Monthly meeting presentations are always free and open to the public
The first time you use Zoom, allow a few minutes extra to get set up. Zoom can be used free on home PCs, Macs and on smartphones.
Pre-Registration on Zoom is required for each webinar. (Equivalent to the “Sign-in sheet”). Register weeks ahead of time or even just a few minutes before the webinar and the link will be sent to you in email .
Gardening Education Opportunities
March 2, 2021 12 noon – 1 pm – Live Gardening Q & A Chat
By David Rodriguez, Bexar County Extension Agent. This is a great opportunity to Listen Live and “chat in” your gardening or landscape questions and to learn about other people’s issues and concerns at the same time!
March 16,2021 12 noon – 1 pm. Spring Lawn Management
By David Rodriguez, Bexar County Extension Agent. Learn about how to care for and get the best growth from your lawn.
Join these webinars Meeting ID: 990 2593 9574, Passcode: Garden2020
Frequently check the BCMG Calendar, as that is where all the new, upcoming programs will be posted. Click Here
Past webinars are posted on YouTube for your viewing (or reviewing) pleasure! Check often for new postings! Click here for the list.
- Growing a Home Fruit Orchard with David Rodriguez
- Gardening and Landscape Q&A Chat with David Rodriguez
- Fly Management
- Pantry Pests
- Dragonflies of Texas
- Arachnids of Texas
- Where Do Insects Go When It Rains? by Molly Keck
- 12 Months of Vegetable Gardening by David Rodriguez
- Pests of Tomatoes by Molly Keck
- 12 Months of Pollen and Nectar Producing Plants for Pollinators
- Turf Grass Basics: Surviving Summer and the Rest of the Year
- Vegetable Garden Basics
- Top 10 Insects of Summer
- Tropical Escape with Texas Superstar Plants
Just a few of them are:
- Fall Blooming Flowers and Biennials Planted in Fall
- Growing Muscadine Grapes in Texas
- Toys (tools) For Gardening
- Compost versus Mulch
- Planting Strawberries
- Harvesting Pecans
- Raised Garden Beds, Location, Soil Mixtures and more!
- Home Fruit Production – Tips for Success!
- Small fruits for the backyard
- Floral Designs from your backyard – Growing, Cutting, Using your flowers and shrubs!
- How to Prune Your Trees
- Indoor Gardening
Get the full list of FREE classes here
- Landscape Water Conservation
- Low-Volume Irrigation
- Irrigation System Auditing
- Safe Use and Handling of Pesticides
- Safe Use and Handling of Fertilizers
- Designing an Earth–Kind® Landscape
- Landscaping for Energy Conservation
- Creating Native Habitat
- Earth–Kind® Roses
- Integrated Pest Management
BCMG is on YouTube! Watch classes on a computer (or on your smartphone)!
- Native Plants for Native Birds
- Crape-Myrtle Bark Scale
- Herb Gardening
- Propagation by Cuttings
- Rainwater Harvesting with Lou Kellogg
- Texas Superstars
- Starting Vegetables from Seed Indoors
- Organic Gardening
Check often for other new videos! The whole list of available videos is HERE.
Call in to Live Radio on Saturday mornings, with your gardening questions for David.
Call in: 210-737-1200 or 1-800-383-9624 on Saturdays from 7 am to 10pm
Or just listen to the show, and learn from everyone else’s questions!
WOAI 1200 AM – Lawn and Garden Show
Host: David Rodriguez, Bexar County AgriLife Extension Horticulturist.
Past shows are archived here, for easy listening on your computer, tablet or phone, anytime! Listen on your phone while you drive!
Ask a Master Gardener
Master Gardeners are available to help you with your gardening questions. We provide unbiased, research-based, locally relevant gardening information. Free service. You can reach us:
By phone: 210-631-0400 (Ask to speak to a Master Gardener)
Mon-Fri 9 am – Noon, 1-4 pm (Closed on county holidays)
Even during Covid-19 precautions, the phones and the Hotline are being operated from home telephones, hotline calls are being directed by AgriLife Extension receptionist Nick Vasquez.