I have the Weather Channel on while writing today’s blog. Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on New York, with the worst to come tonight. I would assume that New England gardeners have put their gardens to bed already for the winter, but maybe not. Norma and Daphne, I’m thinking about you today in this storm.
It’s been a warm autumn here in southern California. I’m still getting fruit set on my tomatoes and bell peppers, and it has been too hot to plant peas and my other fall crops. So I’m now six weeks behind in planting my fall garden and am running out of things to harvest from my summer garden. But there were apples!
This was the week that I picked the last of this year’s apple crop from my Granny Smith dwarf tree. We had poor fruit set this year, probably due to wacky spring weather. And that is what global warming is doing to us. Disconnecting and disrupting normal weather patterns and making weather even more unpredictable. The result is often poor crops.
Think about the prolonged drought in the Midwest this summer. The result was a poor corn and soybean crop. This will mean higher prices for those crops, which will translate into higher prices in 2013 for the meat animals that eat those crops. That includes cattle, hogs, lambs, and poultry.
This dish was something I just threw together with what was on hand. It came out so delicious that I plan to make it again this week. And by using a solar oven, I used no fossil fuel to cook it. One more tiny step in my battle against global warming.
Hey, look, my blog visitor counter is going to roll over to 200,000 today. It is at 199,999 here at 9:25 am.
Harvest for week ending October 28, 2012
2.5 lbs Apples, Granny Smith
5.5 oz Lemon, Eureka
1 oz Ginger
1 oz Green Onion
TOTAL 3 lbs produce plus 5 eggs
If you had a harvest, visit Daphne’s Dandelions. To see how others are using their harvests, visit Robin at The Gardener of Eden. See the sidebar for links.