Scion- February 2022

Volume 32, Issue #2 – February 2022

Liana Benavides ,
BCMG President


“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints   the buds and swells the leaves within.”
     -William Cullen Bryant

Welcome to February! While many of us are getting anxious for spring, we know we are not yet quite out of the woods for winter weather events. Now is a great time to take care of some maintenance tasks in the garden. Prepping the beds, amending the soil, and caring for tools are just a few of the tasks we can take care of this month. We have a February monthly checklist in English & Spanish on our website for more ideas. For even more great information, check out the “Spring Clean-up & To-Do’s” presentations by David Rodriguez on 2/19 at Milberger’s Nursery & on 2/26 at The Garden Center. Both events are FREE and no registration is required.

We are excited to begin our Earth-Kind class series at the end of the month. These classes will be on Wednesday evenings starting on 2/23 at 6pm. You can sign up for the whole series of 6 ($75) or just select the ones you are interested in ($20/each). Click here for more information including how to register.

Love is in the air and what flower often goes along with it? If you guessed roses, you may be interested in our presentation on roses at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This presentation is FREE, but registration is required. Register here.

We are sad not to be participating in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo this year. We normally sell the famous Rodeo Tomatoes from our many gardening displays while answering all of your questions about your home gardening endeavors. This year’s Rodeo Tomato is the STM2255 and will be available for sale soon at local nurseries around town. Proceeds benefit the Junior Master Gardener program, which is a part of Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service and supports teachers and children with training and materials to start youth garden programs.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for Old Man Winter, making his final appearances out in our gardens. This South Texas weather can be tricky. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and advice for cold snaps this month. Stay warm, safe, and keep on gardening!

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 February 21 for President’s Day


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Gardening Education Opportunities

Growing and Maintaining Roses with BCMGs at SABOT

February 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Come join the Bexar County Master Gardeners for this FREE seminar as they share the tips and techniques to help you find the right selection of roses, the correct way to plant them, and how to provide the care they need, including the timing and techniques of proper pruning.  Find out more »

Lunch & Learn With a Bexar County Master Gardener – Rodeo Tomato

February 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bexar County Master Gardeners, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste.208, San Antonio, TX 78230. 

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. 

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Spring Clean Up and To-Do’s

February 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Spring Clean Up and To-Do’s Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Join David as he discusses soil and landscape prep, gardening tips, and more.  Expert and novice gardeners will benefit from this FREE seminar!  Bring a pen and paper for a question-and-answer session. Find out more »

Earth-Kind Garden and Landscape Series: Introduction to Soils, Mulch, and Compost

February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208
San Antonio, TX 78230.

Presented by David Rodriguez and Certified Master Gardeners. We invite you to come learn how to maximize your garden while preserving and protecting the environment. The general public, landscape professionals, and Master Gardeners will all benefit from this six-part series. Fee: $20 per session or $75 for all 6 sessions. Find out more »

Spring Clean Up and To-Do’s

February 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Spring Clean Up and To-Do’s Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Join David as he discusses soil and landscape prep, gardening tips, and more.  Expert and novice gardeners will benefit from this FREE seminar!  Bring a pen and paper for a question-and-answer session. Find out more »

Home Grown Lecture series 2022

All webinars online and free

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Home Grown Lecture Series 2022

January 6, 2022 – Starting Plants from Seeds – Paul Winski, County Extension Agent-Commercial Horticulture

February 3, 2022 – Basic Grafting Techniques – Shannon Dietz, County Extension Agent-Ag & Natural Resources

March 3, 2022 – Tomatoes on the Patio – Brandi Keller, County Extension Agent-Horticulture

April 7, 2022 – Starting Plants from Cuttings– Paul Winski, County Extension Agent-Commercial Horticulture

May 5, 2022 – Home Butcher: Making Boudin – Shannon Dietz, County Extension Agent-Ag & Natural Resources

June 2, 2022 – 10 Reasons for Yellowing Leaves – Brandi Keller, County Extension Agent-Horticulture

July 7, 2022 – Identifying Pest & Disease Issues in the Garden – Paul Winski, County Extension Agent-Commercial Horticulture

August 4, 2022 – Safety in the Home Garden – Shannon Dietz, County Extension Agent-Ag & Natural Resources

September 1, 2022 – All About Mint – Brandi Keller, County Extension Agent-Horticulture

October 6, 2022 – Proper Pruning in the Landscape– Paul Winski, County Extension Agent-Commercial Horticulture

November 3, 2022 – Holiday Meats-Not Just Turkey! – Shannon Dietz, County Extension Agent-Ag & Natural Resources

December 1, 2022 – Plantable Christmas Tree Alternatives – Brandi Keller, County Extension Agent-Horticulture

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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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