Scion- November 2021

Volume 31, Issue #11 – November 2021

Lynn Cox,
BCMG President


I can’t believe it is already November! Where has the time gone?

If you are like me, you often walk your garden with thoughts in your head like “that bed needs weeding, the salvia needs to be cut back, and I need to prune the dead wood out of that cedar,” all without truly enjoying what is blooming and beautiful.

But with November comes Thanksgiving. It is a season (more than a day for me) where I focus on all the blessings in my life. I give thanks for things like the love of my family and close friends, my health (despite the little aches and pains of getting older) and the fact that I have a good roof over my head and plenty to eat.

I also give thanks for my garden, the joy that it brings when I see new life emerge in the spring, the blooms in summer that draw butterflies and hummingbirds, and the changes that occur in the fall that remind me that all life changes.

I wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving and hope you will also take time to enjoy the season and your garden.

Happy Thanksgiving,


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

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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. Closed on Veteran’s Day, November 11 and Thanksgiving, November 25 & 26.

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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Gardening Education Opportunities

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (TAMU) Online Courses (Free & Fee)

November 1

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• Beekeeping 101 ($45.50) • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Free) • Emerald Ash Borer (Free) • Greenhouse Crop Production ($50) • Introduction to Plant Disease Diagnostics (Free) • Introduction to Rose Rosette Disease (Free) • IPM for School Gardens 101 (Free) • Learn, Grow, Eat & Go ($52) • Plant Pathology for Master Gardeners (Free) • Tomato 101: The Basics of Growing Tomatoes ($20). Find out more »

Lunch & Learn With a Bexar County Master Gardener – Holiday Gift Ideas You Can Make

November 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bexar County Master Gardeners, 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. Find out more »

BCMG November Monthly Meeting – Tree Selection & Maintenance

November 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

November BCMG Seminar and Meeting Thursday, November 18, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 PM Hosted by Bexar County Master Gardeners Topic: Tree Selection & Maintenance April will discuss tree establishment and maintenance strategies that will help you achieve your landscaping goals and increase your appreciation for the unique characteristics of Central Texas trees. Speaker: April Rose, Consulting Arborist April Rose is a Consulting Arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts.  Find out more »

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Three tips to recycle fall leaves

When Do I Plant Wildflower Seeds For Spring Blooms?

Top Tips For a Successful Fall Vegetable Garden

Mosquito populations booming after rains

Plant a pollinator garden to supply immediate food in response to freeze setback

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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 following MGs who earned their certification pin in October.   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.  The next pin distribution will be December 6 at the Christmas Party. 

Andersen, Betty L
Bourquin, Jayne
Christensen, Roger
Cleary, Joan
Duffy, Mary
Fellows, Nora
Goode, Ann
Gutierrez, Olivia
Hernandez Lascurain, Sandra Patricia

Kromer, Megan
Love, Peggy (Margaret)
Mauldin, Martina
Mcshane, Sherri
Meadows, Jim
Montez, Ray
Noonan, Joseph M.
Noverola, Jorge
Perez, Jodi

Qualls, Peggy
Quiroz, Oralia-Layla
Reed, Donna
Salvatierra, Maria
Short, Melanie
Snow, Jr., Art
Thornton, Wendy J.
Whitaker, Jane