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Discussion in 'Crops & Gardens' started by Sheldon Scott, Apr 21, 2015.
Ahhh if it were only that easy. It takes a song and a dance!
I think that it is a good thing that you don't have anyone to go out exploring the bayous with you, Ina. Diane lives near Houston, too, and she has reported alligators and water moccasins on roads and people's lawns.
Alligators are fairly easy to spot; but those nasty little water moccasins can be pretty small and still do a lot of damage.
Even in your little fenced in area, they could slither in, so be careful when working in the Fairy Garden and watch out for Izzy, too.
When I lived in Missouri, I lost a goat, and I am pretty sure that the goat just went to get a drink from the pond, and a water moccasin bit him in the neck.
One day, I was out moving the sprinkler, and a copperhead struck me in the ankle and I had to go to the hospital. My whole leg was swollen up for days, and I was pretty sick. It was NO fun at all ! !
I hear you Yvonne. So far so good. My thirteen y/o retriever, Amber, has killed many snakes in her lifetime. When I let her outside in the mornings, I see her trolling the area for critters. She is very protective of me, and I know she loves me, even when she has had to recover from the many bites she has received.
I guess I was lucky all those years I took the boys out. But, after heavy rains was the best times to hunt for treasures that might float around. We were able to build a 30' X 30' tree house back in the '70's, it was like a little village up in the trees. All of it came from the San Jacinto river.
Please send it my way three months still no rain
It rained all night again and is still raining. I told it to go your way Martin, but it paid me no heed.
We are to flooding. I don't know when I'll be able to mow my yard again. Yesterday we had a heron, his long legs deep in the water, checking out the fishing. Next we'll probably have jumping fish.
@Bill Boggs, At least I have a metal 18' flat bottom boat that I've had for over forty years. The last time I had to use it was in 2001, when 80% of Houston saw flooding. We got four feet just at our property. Thank goodness this old solid wood log cabin was built with those threats in mind. I'm told most of the structure was built in the 1870's.
We had gone to our vacation time share, so we where thankfully not to be in the major flooding as it happened. We drove home the day after, and after parking a good two miles from our place, we were able to make our way to the house. What we found was three feet of water surrounding the place. I told Mike there wasn't anything we could do at that stage. So we decided to go back, and join the family we left at the resort, and come back after the vacation. So we pulled our boat, and loaned it too a neighbor after he ferried us back to our car.
After a week we came home. Everything had drip dried, and when we hit the electrical switch, all was well. Our home had no damage other than what a good mop and a few rags could handle. We were the only family not to file with FEMA. They actual came out to see why not. We told them that we just didn't need it, and so many others did.
I remember that flood. I had a niece living in Houston and she couldn't get to work for a couple of days. I was living in Lubbock and she came home on the weekend while some repairs were being made. I could be wrong but what I've always accepted as the norm in weather seems to be changing.
We are now entering the phase from dry season to wet season. Rains are intermittently showing its presence in the afternoon. Later on those trickles will be downpours and flash floods will greet us in the early evening. That season relieves us of irrigating the plants. You can imagine the chore of watering the plants in the morning and also in the afternoon during summer, the heat is terrible hence the need for watering them twice a day.
And the rainy season brings comfort to the plants and trees. However, too much rain would drench our backyard garden and kill the crops. Last year, our bed of cassava was inundated, leaving our cassava nearing to be harvested as worthless. Tsk, tsk, that normally happens when the rains come so we try to plant in consonance with the season.