Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 8, April 20, 2019

Hello all! Another great week at the Children’s Vegetable Garden! We had a ton of chores to do today!

To start things off, we all had a garden and section chore list:

First, we checked to see if we still had broccoli, tomatillos and a few other plants that need to be “dirted-up” to straighten up their plants.


We spent some time today in and around our plot/section looking for and destroying all cucumber beetles and cabbage loopers on the backside of our broccoli plants by smashing them and or throwing them in a small bucket with soapy water.

Tomato cages were straightened and attached correctly and we cut off any stems/leaves that might be touching the soil.

Without breaking any branches, gently tuck your tomato stems into their cage that have snuck out. If the stems can’t be put back, then start tying them with cut HEB bags to their cage.

Apply one cup of Medina Organic fertilizer on the outskirts of each of the two tomato cages and lightly scratch it in.


Finish properly caging all your pepper, eggplant and tomatillo transplants. Use the older cages that are in front of S6 and S7.

Finally, we watered by hand any plant that is not receiving adequate irrigation from its system such as the petunias.


On to our section chores!!!


Section 1 watered the beds down the middle of the garden and the beds near the Sunday House, while Section 2 watered and weeded inside and outside all of the beds between the large mesquite tree and fig tree and pulled few of the Louisiana shallots to share with folks in the garden.



Section 6  weeded in and around the blackberry beds and underneath the green shade cloth area with benches.


Section 8 turned on the irrigation in the example plot  as well as the two beds across the section with bluebonnets and poppies



Check list before we left:


Please, don’t return any dirty tools or water cans to the tool shed.  It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep that area swept and clean.

Are you completely finished?  Has your instructor or mentor walked your plot and section?

□Is your plot free of weeds, trash and rocks?

□Are all your plants watered?

□Are your tools clean and stored neatly in the tool shed?

□Don’t forget to sign out?

□Please roll up all hoses nice and straight after usage.




Homework Assignment:  Have a Blessed Easter!



Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Week 4, March 23rd 2019

Hello all!

Announcement!!: Want to know if Saturday’s session is cancelled? Cancellation notifications will now be posted/updated here on the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Blog!

This past Saturday at the Children’s Garden was another beautiful day. We were blessed with cool weather and sun, even though rain was in the forecast all morning. What a great day!

As soon as the families arrived, we were on to our garden chores. David requested that we make sure that our plots and section walkways were free of any weeds, trash, or rocks.

We also checked our plants for any damaged leaves, insects, and tied up stems and leaves.

We scratched up the soil to a depth of 4 inches inside our plots and the area between your irrigation on/off valve with a four tine cultivator as well as a minimum of six inches away from anything that has been planted. This will help minimize the caking of the soil and help with soil drainage and watering. Remember, we are not tilling or digging deep into the soil. Plots should look nice and leveled with no craters.


We flagged any fire ant activity throughout the garden and our Section Leaders will treat them at the end of today’s session.

How Do Your Plants Look?


‘Green Magic’ Broccoli:

  • This is the last day to replace any of your plants.
  • Make sure your plant is nice and straight.
  • Water your plant in real good, but do not get the foliage wet.
  • Fertilize each plant with a quarter-gallon of liquid Hasta Gro fertilizer.
  • Gently drench all your plants leaves with Spinosad. This is an expensive product, so let’s use it wisely.

HM 8849’ and ‘Ruby Crush’ Tomatoes:

  • Does your tomato cage shake a lot? If so, anchor it down correctly.
  • Open up the cloth on your cages and see how your plants are growing.
  • Do any of your plants need to be replaced? If so, this is the last week to do so.
  • Cut off any stems/leaves that might be touching the soil.
  • If your top snapped off any of your plants, cut it off.
  • Is your plant nice and straight? Does it need another anchor stake?
  • Water your plant in real good, but do not get the foliage wet.
  • Fertilize each plant with a half-gallon of liquid Hasta Gro fertilizer.
  • Make sure to properly re-wrap your clothes on their cages nice and tight.

Today’s Plantings!


We handled the plants carefully not to disturb the root system and used the irrigation on/off valve located at the front of our plots as a guideline.We do not want to disturb or damage their root system.

Fun fact from Mr. David Rodriguez: Did you know that petunias and tomatoes are in the same family of plants?

Carefully, we pre-soaked the entire 6–pack of petunia transplants in a bucket of water, filled to the lip of their root ball, until all the air bubbles came out.

Next, we scratched up the planting zonses, applied compost and a cup of Espoma granulated organic fertilizer to it.

Two plants were evenly spaced and planted on each side of the irrigation line and about 4 inches away from the top and bottom of the plot.

Plant your petunia plants a little bit above the soil line. DO NOT remove the peat pot. Firm the plants well, but take caution not to breaking any of their runners or damage any leaves.

Looks like these need to be replanted. Since the peat pots were exposed, they are starting to dry out a lot faster. 

The challenge in planting here is the irrigation lines cannot water these plants. We have to keep a good eye on them and water with the water can.


Yellow Squash and Zucchini

Three seeds squash were sown to the right of the tomato plant and  4 zucchini seeds next to the cucumber trellis.

We evenly spaced out the seeds starting from the top to the bottom of the plot. We used bamboo stakes as guide references.

Each seed was gently planted just below the soil surface with its point barely below the soil surface.

*Make sure that these are not planted too deep; the soil is firmed in well on the top and that they are lightly watered in.*

No seeds should be visible after a real light watering and of couse we put out your plant tags.

Next, we applied one full cup of Espoma granulated fertilizer to this allocated planting area and very lightly scratch it in.

Homework Assignment: Study up on purple martins.

This was all our chores we had for the day. What fun 🙂


Extra Pics

Just wanted to throw in some additional pics from our research plots and large container bins.

The Maroon Poppies are looking great!

Check out all the swallow tail caterpillars we have on our dill!!

And our Bluebonnets! We didn’t intentionally plant them this season. They keep reseeding every year and look at all the pretty colors they come in!! Have you ever seen a pink Bluebonnet? How about a purple Bluebonnet?

See you for Week 5 post!!!

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program – Spring 2019 Registration now open!

About the Program:

CVG Girl with entries resizedThe Garden is proud to present one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. Children ages 7-16 get their hands-on horticulture with the help of our partner organizations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables and ornamental plants with the help of instructors from the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners, as well as other volunteer organizations. Each child is allotted a 3.5’x28’ garden plot. Children will have fun growing different types of seeds, vegetables, and ornamental annual flowers. Children can also earn their Junior Master Gardener certification by participating in fun, hands-on activities each week after they have tended their garden. In order to gain the most from the learning experience and to help ensure successful growing, participants are required to attend all sessions (two absences are allowed). Families are welcome to share the gardening experience with their child. A parent or guardian must stay with their child.

Fee: Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Milberger’s Landscaping and Nursery, the Spring Vegetable Garden Program will be $40 per child or $60 for two children to share a plot (non-refundable). Expanded to include ages 7-16.!

Donations welcome.

Questions? Please contact Timothy Roan at 210-536-1412 or


Child   must   be   able   to   attend   the   Children’s   Vegetable   Garden   Program   every
Saturday,  March 2nd through June 15th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (only two absences will be allowed).

Will child:  (1) be on time every Saturday by 8 a.m. (unless told otherwise); (2) do their daily
chores; (3) attend the daily presentation; and (4) participate in the daily Junior Master Gardener (JMG) activity?

Will child: be able to attend the first four-weeks of planting (very important)?

Will a parent/guardian be in attendance with their child, each and every Saturday?

Will child and family be able to attend the Vegetable Show, Picnic and
Recognition Ceremony on June 1st which ends around 1 pm?

Will child and family participate on cleanup day Saturday, June 15th for their plot and the garden?


The Spring 2019 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program

Saturday mornings, March 2nd through June 15th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register here for Spring 2019 Session