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Happy Groundhog Day!

This is the week we hope the groundhog does not see his shadow on February 2, which would mean spring will come early.

The whole Groundhog Day celebrations started in the 1800’s in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

They had their own Punxsutawney Groundhog club and they have had their own groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil.

Now Staten Island also has a groundhog residing at their zoo.

His name is Staten Island Chuck and he has an 80 percent accuracy rate according to the zoo.

He even had a streak of seven straight correct predictions starting in 2010.

That is pretty impressive, huh?

So the question is, are these guys predicting in their own areas, and does that apply to us?

Or would we need our own groundhog in our area? And are we nuts for having this discussion?

Well the spring-like weather we have been enjoying can sure make us want to plant something out there.

Monday was pretty, but Tuesday was gorgeous, sunny, warm and no wind.

So I went out to the garden just to see if ANYTHING was growing.

Amazingly, the curly parsley and flat leaf parsley is starting to grow again and the chives are popping out of the soil.

It will be a while before they are big enough to snip, but I honestly thought when it dropped to 6 degrees this winter, that would have finished them off.

And hopefully we won’t have any crazy cold snaps!

So if you are just dying to have some fresh herbs, buy a few pots from a good nursery and arrange them in your kitchen window.

That way you can snip a little here and there and in a few weeks they can go outside to the garden!

Enjoy the Earth! Diana