A Day of Gardening Know How

Hosted by Milberger’s Landscape Nursery


9:45am-11 am – Plan It. Plant It. Grow It!

A lively panel discussion on planning a garden space, plant selection and iInformation on growing and maintaining it.

SAWS Conservation Project Coordinator Mark Peterson joins horticulturists Dr. Jerry Parsons and Dr. Calvin Finch, co-hosts of Milberger’s Gardening SouthTexas on 930 The Answer /KLUP.

11am-12n       Why Good Soil Matters
Soil rich in microbes and free of chemical ingredients gives your new plants a head start on the road to producing better edibles and blooms. Well-tended organic soil can also contribute to good water conservation.

Andy Chidester has more than 20 years of experience in organic gardening products—first under the mentorship of organic expert John Dromgoole in Austin and now as a representative for FoxFarm Soil & Fertilizers.

12n-1p – Vegetable Gardening in the Four Seasons
In San Antonio, vegetable gardening doesn’t have to happen just in the spring. Harvesting edibles can be a year-round success story for gardeners who want to enjoy “garden to table” home harvests year-round.

David Rodriguez has been a Horticulture Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County for 14 years.  He regularly gives talks on Earth Kind plants and gardening practices, is involved with Bexar County Master Gardener activities and is the steward of the Children’s Vegetable Gardening Program at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. David is the expert co-host of the WOAI Home and Garden Show.

1-2pm – Essential Herbs and Spices for a San Antonio Kitchen Garden
Spicy, savory, and aromatic edible plants for your garden. Know these plants, how to grow and use them fresh and dried.

Mary Dunford is the founder of Nature’s Herb Farm that has roots back to 1984 in a homemade greenhouse made primarily of plywood.  Today, Mary’s herb plants can be found at local nurseries, grocery stores and restaurants. You will also find them at events like the annual October Herb Market at Pearl Brewery, Basil Fest, and the Festival of Flowers.

2-3pm – When Good Gardens Go Bad
You do your best. But too much water, too little water, pests, fungus and disease may seem out to get you.  When gardening gets you down, it’s time to remember that gardening success is as much about the journey as the end.

Judy Barrett is a Texas organic gardening writer whose career began with editing the books of the late ‘father of organic gardening’ Malcolm Beck.  In 1998 she founded and published the monthly periodical Homegrown: Good Sense Organic Gardening. She is the author of eight organic gardening books, including When Good Gardens Go Bad.