Master Gardeners are local volunteers in our community who work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve our community’s quality of life through various horticultural projects.
Mark your calendars with these upcoming events!
COMMUNITY EDUCATION: GROWING AND USING HERBS
Date & Time: June 24,2021 at 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: United Cooperative Services, 320 Fall Creek Hwy, Granbury, TX 76049
Presenter: Gayle Southerland, Chairwoman of the North Texas Unit of the Herb Society of America. Learn about growing and using herbs that thrive in North Texas environments as Gayle will share her passion of herbs and the many uses and applications for daily living.
For more information, please call the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Hood County at 817-579-3280.
MONTHLY MEETING: PURPLE MARTINS ARE COMING…
Date & Time: July 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Location: Annex 1, 1410 W. Pearl Street, Granbury, TX 76048
Presenter: Dennis McIntire
Purple Martins are coming… as early as February 1st with the larger groups around Valentines Day. It’s time to get prepared. I’m a Purple Martin enthusiast who recently moved to Pecan Plantation and am available to provide free advice for wannabe landlords in the local area.
The benefit to us all are the sounds these birds grace us with as they drastically reduce the number of flying bugs. A key location parameter for the Purple Martin house is that it be in a clearing not too close (50’) to tall trees. I recommend the Lonestar brand of houses. They will last a lifetime and have the right size apartments. (The “Goliad” model is what I use). Google them.
If you decide to move forward, be sure to order one with Starling Resistant Entry Holes (SREH), and be sure to order the square steel pole that these are designed for. (Note: I have no relationship with that company) It will take some time to attract purple Martins and build up the colonies, so the more of these houses we erect, the better our chances of making this area desirable for them.
Purple Martins attract Purple Martins, so once your neighbor is successful, the better chance you will be too.
The public is invited to attend! There is no charge for the event.