Harvest Monday, Dec. 14, and an anniversary

Today is not only Harvest Monday, it  marks the second month anniversary of my blog. I was encouraged by Garden Writers Association to start one. Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop. It really is addictive. In 61 days, I’ve made 29 posts, and had over 1,400 blog hits from 46 countries. But I’m still a baby blogger, as in newbie, not as in blogging about babies. So much yet to learn.

It took me a while to figure out how to list blogs that I like on my blogroll. I was going to limit it to 20, but there are too many blogs out there that I like. So many good bloggers, so little space on the blogroll.

I figured out how to get the Clustrmap widget on my blog, and really enjoy seeing where my viewers live. But I haven’t been able to post a weather widget that functions. Seems that WordPress doesn’t support Java script. At least that’s what I think the problem is. If anyone else is using WordPress and has a weather widget, please let me know.

And now on to my harvest for the past week.

2 lbs navel oranges (4)

2 lbs 11 oz Meyer lemons (11)

4 oz Bearrs limes (2)

12 oz bell pepper (3)





That’s nearly 6 lbs of produce this week. Not bad for a garden that’s the size of a teacup. That’s six pounds that didn’t have to be shipped anywhere, six pounds that didn’t contribute to global warming.

The island of Tuvalu is going under with ocean rise. Some Alaskan Inuits already have lost their coastal villages. Check out these dramatic photos by photographer/journalist Gary Braasch of Portland, OR. http://www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org/pages/rising-seas.html

Do whatever you can, however you can, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global climate change. The planet is counting on us!

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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10 Responses to Harvest Monday, Dec. 14, and an anniversary

  1. Thomas says:

    I took me a little while to figure out how to set up as well since I have to admit I’m a bit technically challenged.

    Wow, it’s a good sign that you’ve gotten so many hits so quickly. I think it took me a little while longer to get to that number. That has to be one of my favorite things about blogging – the fact that it connects you to so many people from all across the world.

    Interesting harvest! I wish we could grow some of these things in New England.


    • Hi Thomas, thanks for stopping by. You have cranberries and we don’t, if that’s any consolation. Sweet corn is better in New England than here, but I think the best corn comes from the Midwest. I don’t have room for it in my tiny garden, and I have yet to grow a pumpkin in my current yard. Maybe next summer. I keep hoping.


  2. Hoiyin Ip says:

    Congratulations on your double harvest!


  3. Daphne says:

    Oh lemons. How I wish I had a greenhouse to grow them in. Sadly I’m not harvesting anything now, but I am using up some of my preserved food.

    I like the connections in garden blogging too. You “meet” people from all over the world.


  4. Emily says:

    What a nice sounding harvest. I was interested to see in a previous post that you have so many fruit trees. Very exciting!


  5. Dan says:

    Sounds like you had an excellent harvest this week. About my harvest widget, I made it myself. I can make you one if you would like. I’m not sure how wordpress works but it is just an html code that you place on the side.


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