Volume 31, Issue #07 – July 2021
July brings forth thoughts of sunny days filled with swimming, picnics in the shade, watermelons (with seed spitting contests), and fireworks! It’s also when I get to enjoy a special bed behind the pool with its red, white, and blue blooms. Red firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis), with its clusters of firecracker red tubular blooms from spring through fall, attracts hummingbirds to my garden. White swamp spider lilies (Hymenocallis ‘Tropical Giant’), blooms only during mid-summer, but it is so reliable, easy to grow, and gives such a tropical look to the pool area. And finally, Mystic Spires Blue salvia, a Texas Superstar® perennial, which is a magnet for bees and butterflies. Happy Independence Day!
Scion Index – Click and Go!
You can now print or download Member Articles to your computer. Just click the Blue Button beneath the article you wish to save, and a pdf version of the article will pop up on your screen. From there, you can print or download using the indicators at the top right of your screen.
Please check out the dozens of FREE classes and webinars listed in this issue.
- This Month’s Presentation– Virtual Tour of the Greenhouse at San Antonio Botanical Gardens
- Water Wise Words by Anna Vogler
- Superstar Spotlight – Basham Party Pink Crepemyrtle
- In the Garden Articles
- July In The Garden by Bill Swantner
- Restoring a Vandalized Lawn by Paul Foerester
- Does Anyone Trim By Hand Anymore? by Bill Swantner
- From the Texas Master Gardener Conference
- Citrus On The Deck by Nancy Mills
- Impact of Global Change on Texas Gardens by Ann Moss
- What Dr. Seuss Taught Me by Nancy Mills
- Gardening Webinar Series
- Molly’s Entomology Blog
- Agrilife Today
- Aggie Horticulture Facebook Events
- Earth-Kind Webinar Series
- WOAI 1200 AM – Lawn and Garden Show
- Ask a Master Gardener Hotline
- Can You Help? – Join Amazon Smile
- BCMG Facebook
- Member News
BCMG offices are closed to Drop-ins so you must have an appointment to go in. Call before going over. Offices will be closed for Independence Day, July 5, 2021.
All monthly meetings for 2021 will be on-line webinars held on Zoom, until further notice.
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
Want to know about all those hairy caterpillars you see outside?
Check out Molly’s Blog, where she tells us all the latest on controlling our pest and bug problems! Click here
Youth gardening programs grow great kids
Aquaponics for Beginners course now available online
Mosquito populations booming after rains
Plant a pollinator garden to supply immediate food in response to freeze setback
Back to the Basics series on Beef Cattle Production
Early spring lawn to-do list a little different this year
Basics of raised garden beds
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.
- April Live Q&A Webinar
- Things To Do” In The Landscape and Garden in April /May
- What’s Making Holes in my Lawn?!
- Spring Lawn Management
- 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
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
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.
Open Board Position. We would like to recognize and thank Aaron Kelman for serving on the Board as the Membership Director. This leaves us with an open Membership position on the Board. If you would like to be considered for this position or would like more information on what the position entails, please contact Lynn Cox.