Scion – November 2023

Happy Thanksgiving! The weather has started to cool, and we are seeing fall blooms in many of our gardens. Hopefully, you have planted some new additions to your garden as our first frost should be here soon. Try to ensure something is blooming in your garden all months of the year to make our pollinators happy.

In the Garden…with Bexar County Master Gardeners

Marsha Krassner, Principal Editor “In the Garden”

November Monthly Garden Checklist

Oxblood Lily (Schoolhouse Lily) Photo by Henderson County Master Gardener Association

Pass-Along Plants

By Marsha Krassner, Bexar County Master Gardener

Ornamental Crane White Kale

Growing Kale

By Anne Moss, Bexar County Master Gardener

BCMG News!

Sherri and late husband Dan

Congratulations Bexar County Master Gardener of the Fall!

Sherri McShane

David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service generously offered an excellent educational opportunity for BCMG volunteers that support the Hotline, Speakers Bureau, and community outreach events. David conducted a “Walk and Talk” on trees and the landscape of Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac de San Antonio. The Oblate Grounds look like a small Arboretum with much to see and talk about. (Photos by Grace Emery)

Linda Cace & Grace Emery at the Herb Advanced Training

One of the opportunities that Master Gardeners have is to attend advanced training in areas of interest. Two of our Bexar County Master Gardeners, Linda Cace and Grace Emery recently attended the multi-day Herbs Advanced Training hosted by Collin County in McKinney, Texas. The attendees will use this training to support and multiply Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational outreach program efforts and act as subject matter experts.

Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension News!

The recently held Monarch Fest and Solar Fest were a “huge success” said Andres Villagran, Youth Gardens Coordinator, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Andres and other BCMG volunteers manned informational booths and led youth activities during these festivals.

At Monarch Fest we had our “Ask a MG” team and our “Youth Garden Buddy” team in attendance. The Buddies led the Junior Master Gardener activity known as Morpho Puppets, where participants created puppets that represent the butterfly life cycle.

Solar Fest (Photo by Melanie Cardenas)

At Solar Fest we also had our “Ask a MG” team and our “Youth Garden Buddy” team in attendance. The Buddies led the Junior Master Gardener activity known as Vermi-composting. We let youth dig around in a homemade worm composting bin and told them all about the process and how they can make their own!

Gardening Education Opportunities

The BCMG Calendar has many new and interesting programs open to the public. Click Here for this month’s offerings.

Check out the Fall/Winter Dig it! series at various San Antonio Public Library branches around town.

Helpful Resources

Ask a Master Gardener

November is the time to plant Bluebonnet seeds.

Question: Where should bluebonnet seeds be planted?

Answer: They must be planted in a well-drained location which receives 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily. Most bluebonnet planting failures are caused by planting them in the shade and too much water.

Answer by Art Vazquez, BCMG

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

The phones and the Hotline are being operated from Master Gardener home telephones; hotline calls are being directed by the AgriLife Extension receptionist.

WOAI Lawn and Garden Show

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!

Do you need help choosing plants for your landscaping needs?

Click here for options highly recommended by Texas A&M AgriLife

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