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!