You will recall that ol’ adage of “All good things will come, in time”, so I’d suppose some finally did. Speaking of the rain, shower, or whatever you’d like to call it, that we got earlier in the week, was nearly a tad too late for a lot of our purpose, however, still very welcome. At this writing, we might still have some in the forecast and it will be as welcome as the former. Most parts of the County we had reports of rainfall might have measured mostly around .3-.4 of an inch. Some folks around Liveoak, Pecan Grove, and the Bend reported nearly ¾ of an inch. Robert T. said he got three tenths on the Ause McDaniel at Algerita and there was a bit over .3 in Daddy’s gauge. I’ve yet to receive a report from down Johnny Brown Lane, but will probably get one from Emmett Lee in a day or so. We nearly got stuck delivering a load of gravel on the ol’ Loy Barker out at Liveoak, so I’m sure that Hunter got a bit more than most. We had no report of folks fixin’ water gaps, though.
A lot of folks have been procrastinating on late winter work in the yard, landscape, and garden, but the recent shower will get them off their duffs. Many sort of lay back and enjoy the relief from yard work during dormancy and sort of let things go if it doesn’t grow. The welcome moisture will get some of the cool season species perking up through the thatch, getting folks all stirred up over weeds and such. The County Agent’s office usually get a lot of calls around this time of year with folks worrying over unwanted herbaceous plants, usually referred to as weeds. The ol’ time-honored definition of a “weed”, is nothing more than merely a “plant out of place”. The County Extension office in Kerrville was in the basement and the adjoining office was occupied by a somewhat cranky ol’ ABC officer who rankled many visiting Garden Club member that visited our office by referring to any of the Wildflowers as “just another weed.” It all depends upon your matter of perspective. I know that Lady Bird would have been highly offended by that designation.
There is still some late Pecan scrapping activity going on in the bottoms and orchards with a good bit of pruning and several producers are busy planting new trees in the orchards. The recent rain will also alleviate some of the anxiety associated with burning of the stick and Pecan cleaning piles in the orchards, too. Bruce Harkey will attest to that. The next couple of weeks will be about the best time of the season to collect and store Pecan graft & bud wood for any of you that might want to change some seedlings or older varieties to some of the more preferred ones. There are several of the USDA releases that are earlier ripening as well as having good kernel quality. Pawnee, Lakota, Shoshone, and Osage are some that come to mind right now. If you plan on planting a few yard trees, some of the varieties that Olan & I like are Sioux, Hopi, Apache, and Caddo. Charlotte Holland and Debbie Millican still like the San Saba Improved. The ol’ Desirable makes a pretty good yard tree with a nice kernel and has good disease resistance. Daddy still prefers Pawnee as does Dr. Tommy Thompson. David Behrens and the Harkeyville Edmondsons are pretty proud of their new Pawnees, as well.
Here’s hoping that we might have some more moisture by the time you are reading this and the Mayor & yrs. Truly will be equally as thankful out around—————Harkeyville!!!!!!!!!