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The Month of the Groundhog!

Did you know that Groundhog Day is almost halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox? I guess that’s one of the reasons gardeners celebrate that day. We are on the downside of winter and spring will be here next month!

I know of a way we can predict the weather without waking up the groundhog and get an equal result of the prediction! Leave the little mammal alone and let him sleep off the rest of winter.

Reliable weather predictions: On Groundhog Day, in the morning, pick up a medium sized rock. (about 18" in diameter will do) Place the rock in an area not shaded from the sun’s position in the sky. Observe the shadowing on the north side of the rock. If there is a distinct shade, the rock should be placed in a warm home for the duration of winter because there will be six more weeks of cold weather. If there is no hard shadowing, there will be an early spring-like trend to the weather.

See! We just did the same exact meteorological experiment and we will get the same scientific results as if we disturbed the groundhog.

By the way, I have checked with the Quality Co-op headquarters and all of the Co-op stores will be open on Groundhog Day for those last minute shoppers. Even if you are just now getting around to reading this article and Groundhog Day has passed you by, you should still buy that gift! A note card with a simple "Belated Happy Groundhog Day" is proper, rather than ignoring the fact that you missed the holiday. You wouldn’t want to miss someone’s birthday, would you? Whomever you buy the gifts for will appreciate the fact that you remembered them on Groundhog Day!

Now that I have got you in the mood for gardening, go ahead! I am…going out to the garden and getting it ready for spring, that is! I’m counting on my rock not seeing it’s shadow!

One last thing…Home Grown Tomatoes can now be heard live on the Internet! Go to the HGT website listed below and follow the instructions on the home page.

For more on these and other gardening tips, listen to Home Grown Tomatoes every Saturday morning from 6 till 8 on 101.1 FM, The Source and log on to HGTradio.net.

Kenn Alan presents the radio show “Home Grown Tomatoes” every Saturday morning on 101.1 FM and offers gardening tips at HGTradio.net.

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Date Last Updated January, 2006