Scion- January 2022

Volume 32, Issue #1 – January 2022

Liana Benavides ,
BCMG President


“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” –Tony Robbins

Happy New Year, BCMG!

My name is Liana Benavides, Class 63, and I am honored to be serving as your President for 2022. As we enter this New Year, we are looking forward to doing more in-person activities. However, since we are still dealing with COVID, we must remain flexible, for anything can happen at any time.  This year, our monthly membership meetings will alternate between in-person at SABOT and online via Zoom. Keep an eye on your Leaflet for the latest information as that will be your most up-to-date resource.

One good thing that came out of this pandemic was BCMG bolstering our online presence, which has significantly increased our community outreach. A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to our Immediate Past President, Lynn Cox, and the 2021 Board, for all of the ideas and dedication to making our online programs successful. Gardening became a way of coping with our “new normal” and many community members turned to our Hotline Team, our Facebook Page, and our Website to find gardening advice that was research-based & locally relevant to their gardens at home.

This year, we will continue to adapt to whatever comes our way. We will provide a hybrid-approach to our events and activities for those that can attend in-person and those who are more comfortable watching online. I look forward to meeting many of you over the course of this year. BCMG is a strong team of dedicated volunteers. Together, let’s show Bexar County what BCMG can do in 2022!

Liana Benavides, President, Bexar County Master Gardener Association

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.

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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 January 1 and January 3 for New Years Day and January 17 for Martin Luther King. Jr Day.


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Gardening Education Opportunities

Lunch & Learn– Starting Your Vegetable Garden from Seeds

January 14, 2022 @ 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 BCMGs.  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 »

Fruit & Citrus Seminar

January 15, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Rd., San Antonio, TX 78250 

Fruit & Citrus Seminar Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Join David at this FREE seminar and learn all you need to know about backyard fruit production, including citrus. The seminar will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Find out more »

Fruit Tree Basics Seminar

January 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Fanick’s Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, San Antonio, TX 78220

Fruit Tree Basics Seminar Presented by Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Dr. Stein will demonstrate how to properly select and prune fruit, nut, citrus, and grapes for maximum production.  In this FREE seminar you will learn about the overall care of your trees before, during, and after harvest. Find out more »

Fruit & Citrus Seminar

January 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Fruit & Citrus Seminar Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Join David at this FREE seminar and learn all you need to know about backyard fruit production, including citrus.  The seminar will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Find out more »

MAKE A NATURAL WREATH FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR! Learn how to bring nature to your front door by making a natural plant wreath! SAWS conservation consultant Gail Gallegos has written a great article explaining step by step how to do it, with materials from your yard.


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Are Ladybugs Harmful?

Texas Super Sweet Onion named latest Texas Superstar

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

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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 go to Aggie Horticulture Facebook, where they have regular information and educational videos

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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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