Scion- September 2021

Volume 31, Issue #09 – September 2021

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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 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.

Agrilife Extension offices are open for business but will be closed on Labor Day

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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Texas Speaks Survey

We need your help!

Texas Speaks is an online survey conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with the purpose of listening to Texas citizens as they identify the strengths and needs of their communities. 

Link to survey can be found here:

Quick Facts:

  • Online
  • Anonymous
  • Takes approximately 10 minutes or less
  • This survey is part of several efforts to identify and understand the issues facing Texas communities
  • Identifying relevant issues is fundamental to the program development model of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 
  • Includes an open feedback section for areas not listed within the survey
  • Includes an opportunity to elect to receive contact by the agency

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Gardening Education Opportunities

Growing Succulents in Containers

September 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  $20

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

Growing Succulents in Containers with Stephanie Jones, Bexar County Master Gardener. Growing succulents in containers can be easy with the right amount of care.  Join Stephanie as she shares information about the glories of succulents.  She will cover topics including why succulents are so forgiving, their root system, habitats, soil needs, containers, recommended plants, propagation techniques, water, and care requirements.  She will also discuss common problems and make recommendations on how to remedy them.  Each registrant will receive a succulent.

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CULTIVATE! Earth Friendly Gardening & Landscaping – Online Sessions

September 10 @ 9:00 am and September 11 @ 9:00 am.  FREE

Friday Topics:

  • Basic Plant Propagation –  9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Growing A Fall and Winter Family Vegetable Garden  – 10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Thirty Bugs Every Gardener Should Know –  12:00 – 1:00 PM

Saturday Topics:

  • To Cut or Not to Cut – Pruning Ornamental and Shade Trees –  9:00 – 10:00 AM 
  • Keep Calm and Compost On –  10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Native Perennial Plants for Your Landscape – 12-1 PM

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Lunch & Learn – Plants That Thrive in Bexar County

September 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  FREE

3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208, San Antonio, TX 78230  

Lunch & Learn with a Bexar County Master Gardener. Bring your favorite lunch and learn from one of our Bexar County Master Gardeners.  We will be meeting from Noon to 1:00 PM on the second Friday of each month.  These lunch seminars are free.  However, because of COVID restrictions, reservations are required and must be made in advance because seating is limited.  Please check each event’s date for registration information. Plants That Thrive in Bexar County with Bill Swantner, BCMG.

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International Master Gardeners Conference 2021 – Sept. 12-17

September 12.   $150

|Recurring Event (See all)

Leading researchers.  Industry experts.  Master Gardeners from around the world.  Six days of virtual networking, workshops, and education brought to you by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener program. Join us virtually September 12-17, 2021. REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 5, 2021.

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30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know

September 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  $20

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

30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know with Molly Keck, Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Not every insect in your garden is a villain.  Learn how to recognize beneficial and non-beneficial bugs and insects in your landscape.  Entomologist Molly Keck will introduce you to the most common insects in San Antonio, Texas, and integrated pest management solutions to safely manage their populations in your garden.

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Butterfly Gardening – Guadalupe County MG Lunch & Learn

September 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Guadalupe County Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn Program Topic:  Butterfly Gardening Speaker:  Keith Muschalek, Guadalupe County Master Gardener

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BCMG September Monthly Meeting – My Extension

September 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   FREE

Hosted by Bexar County Master Gardeners. Topic:  My Extension – What is Extension?  How can Extension better serve you?  How can you better serve the people of Texas through Extension? Speaker:  Nelda Speller, Director, AgriLife Extension, Bexar County. Nelda is the County Extension Director for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Bexar County. 

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Preparing Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden – Part II

September 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am   FREE

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

Preparing Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden – Part II 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.  David will answer your specific questions about your gardening issues.  Bring a notebook.

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Back to the Basics Beef Cattle Series (Online Presentation)

September 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm   $15

❖ Winter Supplementation – Understanding my options and how to use them? by Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist – Overton

❖ Stockpiling Grass versus Feeding Hay by Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Extension Forage Specialist – Overton

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Top Tips For a Successful Fall Vegetable Garden

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!
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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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Stuck inside ordering online? If you are buying on Amazon, please consider using their charitable site to place your order. It’s easy! Just sign in under using your regular Amazon login (bookmark it for easy access) , designate Bexar County Master Gardeners as your charity of choice (upper left corner of the screen), and that’s it! Each time you order from AmazonSmile, a small percentage of your order will be donated to BCMG, at no cost to you. We are grateful for all you do and all you give.

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Congratulations to the 34 MGs who earned their certification pin through August 17.   These MGs have completed at least 6 hours of Continuing Education, attended at least 2 BCMG monthly meetings and logged in at least 12 volunteer hours to earn their 2022 certification. 

Sylvia Ballez-Griffin

Liana Benavides

Nancy Black

Deva Brown

Kimberly Casillas*

Shirley Conrad

Lynn Cox

Erica Dozier*

Kathann El-Amin

Grace Emery

Karen Gardner

Terry Glaser

Michelle Hobbs

Stephanie Jones

Owen Keiser

Lou Kellogg

Muriel Lanford

Marie LeBlanc

 Ling Yin Liu

Tera Marshall

Matt Matthews

Nancy Mills

Susan Noonan Brigid Oman

Ann Marie Pease

Brian Roach

Candy Roach

Gregory Salyers

Melody Stramer

Jim Strong

William Swantner

Cyndi Tourtellot

Ann Vargas

Arthur Vazquez

Mary Wills

Vicki Wright

*Class 63 Graduate