Lunch and Learn Pest and Garden Webinar Series

Hello everyone don’t miss out on this week’s webinars.

David Rodriguez and Molly Keck are teaming up to bring you two brand new webinars (8/18 -Turf Management and 8/19 Turf Pests both at 12:00 p.m. Central Time) this week.

Remember, these two webinars are FREE and AgriLife Bexar County will not ask you for your credit card information!

Click on the following link at the dates and times of the presentations:…

Meeting ID: 990 2593 9574
Passcode: Garden2020



Lunch and Learn Online Pest and Garden Free Webinar Series

Hello Everyone. Check out our Lunch and Learn Online Pest and Garden Free Webinar Series schedule for August .

Join Horticulturist David Rodriguez and Entomologist Molly Keck for their Live Lunch and Learn Gardening Webinar Series. Click on the link below the date and time of the presentation to join.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 990 2593 9574
Passcode: Garden2020

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Getting Ready to Grow a Fall Vegetable Garden w/ David Rodriguez

Hello Everyone. I hope you are staying safe with your families in these crazy times. Just wanted to let you know about some upcoming trainings that we will be hosting online to ensure that we are following government guidelines and keeping our community safe.

Check it out!!

Come visit live with David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Horticulturist in how to have the best family vegetable garden this fall.

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 12pm-1pm

To join, Click Here at the date and time of presentation.

Getting Ready to Grow a Fall Vegetable Garden with David Rodriguez



Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Postponed

Hope everyone is staying safe. Just an update. The Saturday morning CVG classes have been postponed. We have missed March 14, 21st, and now 28th of class. The Bexar County Master Gardeners, San Antonio Botanical Garden, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension staff wish you and your families well.

While we are all doing our part and practicing social distancing, check us out on Facebook for some online trainings and gardening updates!

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 2, February 29, 2020

Hi Friends!

Today was the first day of Spring planting at the Children’s Vegetable Garden. We really lucked out with the gorgeous weather!


We began the season by planting a few crops that can withstand any cold snaps we might have in March:

Planting measurements for the potatoes:

  1. Measure 8 inches in from the edge of your plot
  2. Mark out two 18 inch long trenches
  3. Measure to make sure they’re a foot apart
  4. Dig each trench 4 inches deep

We dusted our potato rows with horticultural dust, which you can see in the pictures. This helps prevent fungus in in the seed potatoes we use. After we place the potatoes in, we mound up the dirt over them, which helps us to dig them up later!

Take a look at what we planted:

After we finished planting the potatoes, we planted our cabbage and broccoli. First thing is to make sure to soak the broccoli transplants in a bucket of water, just up to the lip of their root ball, and until all the air bubbles come out.

Next, we plant! We took both our broccoli and cabbage transplants and put them in the soil just a little deeper than the soil line of their containers. Take a look at our young gardeners planting!

These are what our first planting session finished products look like!

We made sure to hand water the new transplants in very well, and watered in some liquid fertilizer (Hasta-Gro) to end our first day!

Make sure to check back next week to see whats growing!

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Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 1, February 22, 2020

Hi Friends!


Welcome back y’all! This Saturday was the first weekend we had the new families out in the garden. Today’s agenda was super simple: a quick participant orientation, make sure things are clean and level, and fertilize in preparation for next week – which will be first big garden workday! I can’t wait to meet all the new families and see all the magic happen over the growing season. This season we’ll be growing:

  • Irish Potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Petunias
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Basil
  • Bush Beans

Take a look at some of last’s Spring’s plants and harvest!

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I just want to recognize the long history of success this youth garden can boast. The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program has flourished as one of the oldest ongoing vegetable teaching garden programs in the nation with over 10,600 participants to date.  IMG_9245Y’all. Seriously. Over 10K individuals have gone through this program. That’s impressive. How lucky are we to have this here in San Antonio?! Plus, every child receives their Junior Master Gardener (JMG) certificate at the end of the season, which is VERY COOL.

This success comes from committed partnerships of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, their Bexar County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, the San Antonio Botanical Society, numerous volunteer groups and Green Industry sponsors.


That’s all for this week! Be sure to check back next week to see what’s growing in our garden!



Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Spring 2020 Season NOW OPEN!!

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program

CVG Girl with entries resizedSpring 2020 Registration Now Open!!


If you did not know, we have two Children’s Vegetable Garden Program sites in San Antonio. The  CVGP at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is held on Saturday mornings and our other is held at the Historic Homestead in Phil Hardberger Park on Tuesday mornings.

Both sessions are now OPEN for registration. Check out the flyers below for more info!

Children’s Vegetable Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Children’s Vegetable Garden at Phil Hardberger Park