Scion- August 2021

Volume 31, Issue #08 – August 2021

Lynn Cox,
BCMG President


Can you believe we have made it to August without going into triple digit temperatures? Get ready because I can’t believe we will get out of August without some scorchers! Try to do your gardening in the early morning before the temperatures rise. Drink plenty of water.

Just as August heat can be hard on gardeners, it can also be hard on gardens!  Just as you shouldn’t push yourself in the heat of summer, you do not want to push your plants. Don’t fertilize your landscape this month, let you garden rest. Keep an eye on soil moisture as these unusual summer rains taper off. 

However, August is a good time to do some light pruning, deadheading, and general clean-up of your spring and summer blooming plants. This will set many of them up to provide a great fall showing.  

Take care of yourself, not just your garden!


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Please check out the many of FREE classes and webinars listed in this issue.

BCMG offices are closed to Drop-ins, so you must have an appointment to go in. Call before going over.

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 .


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Some our members attended the on-line Texas Master Gardener Conference.
Below, they have shared a report of some of their favorite presentations with us

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Gardening Education Opportunities


2021 Fall Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at SABOT – Register by Aug 25

San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209.

Registration is Now Open!  Saturdays, August 28 – December 11 8:30 – 10:30 AM Fee: $65 per plot ($58.50 member plot).  The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program is an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables with the help of educators, horticulturists, and volunteers.  Each family/group is allotted a 3.5’ x 28’ garden plot.  Find out more »

2021 Fall Children’s Vegetable Garden at PHP– Registration Opens August 3

Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216. 

2021 Fall Children’s Vegetable Garden at Phil Hardberger Park, Tuesdays, August 31 to December 14, 2021.  Set at the park’s Historic Homestead, the PHP Children’s Vegetable Garden is a place for children 5 to 14 years old to get their hands dirty as they learn every aspect of gardening, from planting to harvesting. With the help of volunteers from the Bexar County Master Gardeners, the students begin the morning each Tuesday with a hands-on activity in the garden, followed by a related lesson.  Children have fun gardening while learning about teamwork, agricultural commodities, nutrition, and how to be good stewards of the land.  Find out more »

Conservation Webinar Series: Lawn Care 101 – Online Learning

August 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

A frequent question posed to SAWS Conservation staff – what can I do for my lawn?  We are going delve into what should be your real expectations and how you should manage your lawn.  Join our Conservation experts to learn all about lawn care and what can be done for your lawn problems. Registration SAWS WaterSaver Rewards Eligible = 1 point.   Find out more »

SAWS WaterSaver Landscape Program (Virtual Workshop by Eco Centro)

August 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Interested in saving money?  SAWS has amazing conservation programs available to customers!  In this FREE workshop, we take a deeper dive into all of the WaterSaver Landscape program requirements, resources, eligible plants, what to do if you have irrigation, and how to plan and install a WaterSaver Landscape from start to finish.  Get ready to have a beautiful outdoor space and some extra money in your pocket. Find out more »

Hibiscus & the Mallow Family – Guadalupe County MG Lunch & Learn

August 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Guadalupe County AgriLife Extension, 210 East Live Oak, Seguin, TX 78155.

Guadalupe County Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn Program. Speaker:  Jerry McNulty. For more information, visit Guadalupe County Master Gardeners – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Find out more »

Fall Vegetable Gardening

August 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd., San Antonio, TX 78250. $10

Fall Vegetable Gardening with Karen Gardner, Advanced Master Gardener – Vegetable Gardening. August 11, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM Purchase tickets now, as seating is limited. Find out more »

BCMG August Monthly Meeting – Feral Hogs 101

August 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 “Feral hogs are domestic hogs that have escaped or been released into the wild.  With each generation, the animals’ domestic characteristics diminish as they develop the traits necessary to survive in the wild.”  Join us for Sam Womble’s timely presentation on the biology, history, habitat, damage, and management of feral hogs. Speaker:  Sam Womble Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.   Find out more »

Preparing For and Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

August 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78247,

Preparing For and Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. South Texas offers vegetable gardeners two great growing seasons every year.  Fall’s milder temperatures bring out the best flavors in home vegetable gardens.  Insects and disease are less bothersome.  And we can grow warm- and cool-season crops.  Join David and learn how to select the best variety of warm weather crops to start your fall vegetable garden. Find out more »

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

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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.

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Click to see the full list of available recorded FREE video classes and events:

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

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Many free, on-line courses you can take at your leisure, covering a range of gardening topics. Developed by Agri-Life Extension, Texas A&M.

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
  • Composting
  • Designing an Earth–Kind® Landscape
  • Landscaping for Energy Conservation
  • Creating Native Habitat
  • Earth–Kind® Roses
  • Integrated Pest Management

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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!

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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)

Or Submit A Question Online

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.

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