January in the Vegetable Garden

By the BCMG Vegetable Gardening Advance Training Team When the holidays are over, the temperatures are colder, and the nights seem longer. For some, it’s hot chocolate and dreaming of warmer days. But, for the serious vegetable gardener, January’s garden is full of cold weather crops. David Rodriguez, Bexar County AgriLife Extension Horticulturist, often says, the cold weather crops are …

Climate Change & Plant Hardiness Zones

By Agnes Palys-McLean Most of us are familiar with plant hardiness zones that appear in many plant and seed catalogs.  They serve as a guide to help determine which plants and trees are best suited for our growing area and which are likely to die due to the cold. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant zone hardiness maps …

Shrimp Plant

(Justicia brandegeeana) By Tera Marshall, Bexar County Master Gardener Shrimp plants are a must-have for any pollinator garden! They are drought tolerant once established, bloom from June until frost and attract tons of bees! They also freeze back to the ground and come back from the roots, even from our 10° freeze last year (and don’t need to be covered …

Why Gardening With Children Matters! 

This article will examine past research on the effects of school gardens on children related to health, social behavior including environmental stewardship and on academic learning.  Specifically, my recent research will be shared in detail. Proven strategies to engage children in early gardening experiences can be valuable for families, communities and our country.

How Well Do You Know Your Weed(s)?

Controlling weeds is an ongoing challenge for all gardeners, whether you’re a weekend gardener or a full-time gardener. The temptation is to spray the weed with something… anything. But spray with what? How much? How often? There is an integrative approach to weed control, much like integrative pest control: Cultural, Mechanical, and Chemical.