El Nino is Neutral From all the reports that I have read, heard, or seen, it appears that El Nino has gone neutral. There is always a chance for it to turn around, however, we need to plan, as if it will not. We need to start thinking of conservation measures that we can each do as every little bit adds up to huge savings. Here are some interesting facts about water and water usage extracted from an article in the November-December issue of Audubon Magazine: *2.5 percent of the earth’s water is fresh water *68.6 percent of fresh water is locked in glaciers and ice caps *37 percent of the 127 trillion gallons of fresh water withdrawn in the U.S. each year that’s used for irrigation *146 gallons of water to produce a pound of corn *35.7 gallons of water needed to produce an eg400 gallons of water is used daily by the average U.S. household *2,900 gallons of water needed to make one pair of jeans, and lastly *1,847 gallons of water needed to produce one pound of beef When you see where the usage is and where it is going, there is a clear picture as to what needs to be done in conservation of our water.Mitchell’s Water Blog The hydrologist at the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District, Mitchell Sodek, writes a very good blog on what is going on in “groundwater world” in Burnet County. Mitchell’s blog is found on the home page of the updated web site for Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District. www.centraltexasgcd.org Check it out. We are very proud of Mitchell’s work and his diligence in his pursuits of water information and tracking water its sources.Duties for December! Yea! Now is the time to plant those bulbs that we put in the refrigerator back in September. If you are finished with the yard equipment for the season, knowing that we are in Texas and that such decisions can change with the weather, now is the time to run all the gasoline out of mowers, edgers, tillers and the like. Be sure to clean tools and oil shovels and those tools such as clippers that have blades. On my place, a chainsaw is considered to be an all season tool. I have a lot of chain sawing to do along Oatmeal creek from floods three and four years ago. December and January are the best months for trimming Live Oaks as long as it is one of those cold days. Warning: Do not prune the fruit trees yet, we will prune fruit trees after the first of the year. When you start pruning always remove the dead limbs first so you can assess the total damage. Have you picked your berries yet? Ashe Juniper berries that is. The Ashe Junipers are loading up and, in the next few days we will be experiencing the pollen in the air. So be prepared. Get those berries picked if you haven’t already.Plant Your Christmas Trees If you are going to have a real Christmas tree this year, think about getting one of the varieties that grow here and have a tree to plant in January. Ask the nursery for the ones that grow well in your area. There are about four or five that have been acclimated to our Texas Hill Country. They make great trees for the birds and landscape. By the way it is a Christmas tree not a holiday tree. Remember the Reason for the Season is Jesus Christ.Till Next Month! Keep your souls and your soles in your garden! Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1 Have questions or comments? Contact Bill Luedecke at The Luedecke Group Realtors, P.O. Box 1632, Bertram, TX. 78605 (no Post Office in Oatmeal) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional gardening web sites, go to his web site; www.TexasLand.Net and click on the gardening links.