IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday George Washington

Remember my Ground Hog day question? Here's the answer....from the Houston Chronicle "

What, you might ask, do gators have to do with gardening?
This time of year, everything!
The Puxatony 'hog may know about weather up north, but I'd rather listen to Big Al & the pecans.
Big Al lives at Gator Country near Beaumont. He is:
1. a lot bigger than the Yankee hedgehog (try the largest alligator in captivity at 1,000 lbs) and
2. He has also proven more accurate -- like 100% accurate -- in his "winter's over or not?" predictions, according to owner and gator-rescuer/naturalist, Gary Saurage.
Every year on Groundhog Day, they offer Big Al his most-favorite-food: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Alligators are genetically unable to eat until all danger of winter freezes is past. Their bodies simply cannot digest food until warm weather is assured.
This year, the 'hog got it right, according to Al, who refused to eat. And, as we all know, another Arctic freeze did hit our area afterwards.
Now, however, the gators are out and eating, says Gary. So it's okay for us to plant.
We've also always looked to the pecan trees to tell when winter's over and spring is coming for sure. They don't bud out until all danger of a freeze is past.
Unfortunately the squirrels killed our last remaining pecan tree (stripping off bark to get the hormone the tree produces when it tries to heal the damage). Anyone see any buds on pecans?
So, for all of you who have been asking me if it's okay to plant now, the answer is: I guess so.'
Anyone else have any other predictors to be checked?
 Hell, anybody can have a groundhog......
Soup-Cook off on deck!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great info and yes i have seen some buds on a tree behind my house but I am not sure what kind it is...