What does the groundhog know? Groundhog Day is on February 2nd. It’s a somewhat silly tradition that features many debates about how long winter will last. The groundhog may know something about winter or it may not, but it certainly knows how to be a clever, winter-hardy animal. Cultivate your inner groundhog and you’ll enjoy the rest of the winter season.
Eat Your Vegetables
Groundhogs are vegetable-lovers, munching on wild grasses and berries galore. While groundhogs feast on grasses, you might choose to eat microgreens, sprouts, or other nutrient-rich winter vegetables. Eating green foods helps you stay well and ward off winter illnesses.
Feast in the Fall
Groundhogs build up a thick layer of fur and fat in the autumn months so that they’re able to survive through the winter. You can learn something about food storage from that groundhog. Use the bountiful fall to save up for the winter months. Preserve food by dehydrating, canning, or freezing it so that you’re well-prepared for winter when it comes.
Groundhogs get ready for the winter season by creating a winter burrow, where they enter a state of true hibernation when it is very cold and food is scarce. Unfortunately, humans don’t get to rest the entire winter through, but winter is an excellent time for urban and rural homesteaders to make plans for the rest of the year. Soon, spring will be upon us. Use some of this quiet time after the busy Christmas season to reflect and plan for the rest of the year. Rest as well: the time between winter festivities and spring is a time for a natural pause.
Make a Cozy Burrow
In a groundhog’s winter burrow, you won’t find drafts and leaks. Groundhogs love to build and improve on their dens and spend a lot of time working on them. They build their burrows on high, well-drained ground where there’s little chance of disaster striking, and they line them with hay-like grasses to insulate them and make the burrow comfortable.
If you’re thinking like a groundhog, take advantage of your time during this cold season to note any leaks or other winterizing problems in your home. Fix them or make plans to do so, and you’ll find that your energy bills drop and that you’re much warmer. Instead of turning up the heat, plan to insulate your home or use area-specific space heating or a good old-fashioned sweater!
Tip: Here’s some free winter teas you can make to warm up your insides.
Always Have a Back Up Plan
Groundhogs are burrowing animals, and this means that they always need to have an escape route if there’s a problem in the burrow. If a predator tries to enter, a groundhog can use one of many different escape routes to exit the burrow.
Do you have a winter back up plan? What will you do if you get sick this winter? What happens if you’re snowed in? As a savvy listener to your inner groundhog, you know that it’s best to prepare for winter illness, power outages, and snow by getting your remedies ready, your warm blankets and fireplace at your fingertips, and storing food for times of illness or challenging weather.
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While you may not want to have long front teeth and sleep for several months every year, you can learn something from the habits of the winter-savvy rodent known as the groundhog. Groundhogs are winter survivors, and their survival skills can help you remember the essentials for surviving the rest of the winter season.
Do you pay any attention to what the groundhog will predict?