Scion – February 2023

“February is the border between winter and spring.” -Terri Guillemets Welcome to February! AgriLife Extension Service tells us to “learn to like ugly.” It was so tempting with the warmer temps we had at the end of January to go out and prune the plants that were damaged by the cold snap we had in December. Leaving the plants as …

January Lunch and Learn

Pecans with Larry Stein, Ph.D.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticulturist and Associate Head of the Department of Horticultural Sciences Summary by Sherri McShane, Bexar County Master Gardener The 2023 Lunch and Learn series was off to a spectacular start with Dr. Larry Stein and his presentation, Pecan–The State Tree of Texas!  The attendees were treated to a thorough, interesting discussion on …

February Gardening Tips

February can still bring bitterly cold weather and freezes.  Be very careful about planting perennials at this time.  If you plant seeds outside and severe weather is predicted, try to water all the plants in the yard and be sure to cover the newly emerged plants with old sheets or commercial row-cover of some type.  Arm-chair gardening now will pay …

Vegetable Gardening…Starting small for big results!

By Michelle Hobbs, Bexar County Master Gardener Spring is almost here, and this is the time of the year that I become a bit distracted, dreaming of my vegetable garden. To some, starting a vegetable garden may seem like an overwhelming proposition. However, one thing that I have learned is that starting small can lead to great results. Like many …

Spotlight on the Donkey Ear Plant

By Marsha Krassner, Bexar County Master Gardener I readily admit that I have a penchant for unusual-looking plants. So, when I spotted one that I’d never seen before, I was immediately captivated and took it home with me! The Donkey Ear plant is a fast-growing succulent known for its quirky foliage and leaves that resemble the ears of a donkey.  …

Scion – January 2023

Volume 33, Issue #1 – January 2023 “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” –Vern McLellan Happy New Year, BCMG! I am honored to once again be serving as President for 2023. As we enter this New Year, we are looking forward to doing more in-person activities. …

Scion – December 2022

Volume 32, Issue #12 – December 2022 “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” –Hal Borland This year was another challenging one as things throughout our beautiful city were still coming back online after the pandemic shutdown. As things started opening up again, our …

The Texas Button Plant

By Sherri McShane, Bexar County Master Gardener The Culinary Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) is truly a magical place. Within this lovely space there is a plant which is the number one curiosity sparker for the many people who visit. The plant? The Texas Buttonbush! With its distinctive look of small round pincushions, the Texas Buttonbush attracts …

Stumped with Dead Palms

by Josie Seeligson, Bexar County Master Gardener More than 20 years ago, my husband and I bought a property in rural South Texas, and I started planting. Besides a few heritage live oaks and mesquite trees, there was little shade, color, or interest in and around the house and barn compound. But deep South Texas has magically transformed many dusty …

School Gardens

Andres Villagran, Youth Gardens Coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife enjoys his time spent at San Antonio schools in their on-site Vegetable gardens. He is currently partnering with Angie Gutierrez, Family and Community Health Agent, with her Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! (LGEG) Program at Riverside Elementary and Perales Elementary (every Friday). Both schools are learning about the nutritional benefits of …