Comal Master Gardeners Association (CMG)

CMG is a non-profit, educational, and charitable 501(C)3 association working in collaboration with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  Our purpose is to support and expand the capabilities of AgriLife Extension Service by providing education on the best practices of horticulture and environmental stewardship with a focus on youth and community service.  Click Here

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Master Gardening

Master Gardeners teach classes in school gardens, provide advice and education in community gardens, maintain demonstration gardens that illustrate a variety of gardening methods, deliver gardening information on local television and radio shows, and host popular gardening fairs and seminars for the public. 

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Landscape Plants:  An Earthwise Guide for Central Texas

A searchable catalog of drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and native plant options for Central Texas.  The guide comes from "Grow Green" which is a gardening education program in the Austin area that promotes sustainable landscaping practices.  It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, encourages using the right plant in the right place, and the lowest impact-related way to address pest issues.   Click Here

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1. Plant a Bee Garden - One of the largest threats to bees is a lack of safe habitat where they can build homes and find a variety of nutritious food sources. By planting a bee garden, you can create a habitat corridor with plants that are rich in pollen and nectar. You don’t need a lot of space to grow bee-friendly plants — gardens can be established across yards and in window boxes, flower pots, and planters.
2. Go Chemical-Free for Bees - Synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and neonicotinoids are harmful to bees, wreaking havoc on their sensitive systems. Avoid treating your garden and green spaces with synthetics. Instead, use organic products and natural solutions such compost to aid soil health and adding beneficial insects that keep pests away like ladybugs and praying mantises.
3.  Provide Trees for Bees - Did you know that bees get most of their nectar from trees? When a tree blooms, it provides hundreds — if not thousands — of blossoms to feed from. Trees are not only a great food source for bees, but also an essential habitat. Tree leaves and resin provide nesting material for bees, while natural wood cavities make excellent shelters.
4. Create a Bee Bath - Bees work up quite a thirst foraging and collecting nectar. Fill a shallow bird bath or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they break the water’s surface. Bees will land on the stones and pebbles to take a long, refreshing drink.
5. Build Homes for Native Bees - Did you know that, with the exception of honeybees, most bees are solitary creatures? 70% of solitary bees live underground, while 30% live in holes inside of trees or hollow stems. Species like bumble bees build their nests in undisturbed land, and you can provide safe haven for them by leaving an untouched plot of land for them in your garden!
6.  Teach Tomorrow’s Bee Stewards - Inspire the next generation of eco citizens with guides, lessons, and activities to get them buzzed about bees! The internet has many free resources to bring nature and ecology into the home and classroom — and the hearts of children everywhere.
7.  Support Local Beekeepers and Organizations - Local beekeepers work hard to nurture their bees and the local community. The easiest way to show your appreciation is to buy locally-made honey and beeswax products. Many beekeepers use products from their hives to create soaps, lotions, and beeswax candles. Plus, local honey is not only delicious — it is made from local flora and may help with seasonal allergies! You can also give time, resources, and monetary donations to local beekeeping societies and environmental groups to help their programs grow.

How you can help us help the bees

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Help us save the bees

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