Hard to believe that groundhog day is tomorrow!
|Our "Phil" of Phyllis?|
And according to folklore, if "Phil" see his shadow, there are 6 more weeks of winter remaining. (Since 1886, the groundhog has seen his shadow over 100x). So, if it's a sunny day on February 2nd, the groundhog will see his shadow and retreat back down his hole for 6 more weeks. However, in western Pennsylvania, where the famous groundhog "Punxsutawney Phil" resides, the forecast is cloudy skies, which should mean no shadow, warmer days, and a early spring! Fingers crossed!
|Groundhog burrow entrance.|
My growing zone is 7a. Knowing your zone assures that you start seeds indoors, transplant, or sow seeds outdoors, at the correct time, based on your first and last frost dates and using the information found on the back of the seed packets.
Groundhog day is about 10-11 weeks out from the average last frost date in my area. Indoors, I have already started celery, peppers, and onions (seed) due to their longer growing requirements (12+ weeks). This week I will be starting kale, cabbage, head lettuce, and collards. 9 weeks out, I plan to start cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. And towards the end of February, eggplant, flowering milkweed, and tomatoes.
There may be snow on the ground, but there is plenty of gardening to be done in February!
And February 2nd, all eyes will be on a rodent named "Phil"!