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In My San Diego Garden & Kitchen 11-14-16

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We harvested the first tangerines yesterday when my son, Andy and wife, Sarah came by for the afternoon. The ones Sarah’s holding were savored right in the garden then she picked more to take home. 

Reviewing the photo records for the last five years shows a season start from October 22 through December 7. With the vagaries of the weather in that period it’s not surprising. The thermometer soared to 96 degrees one day last week–unheard of for November two blocks from the ocean. 

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Last month a 100 degree day fried the leaves on my ginkgo tree and spawned dozens of blooms on the espaliered apple. The strawberry guava tree has continued to produce with a new crop about pea size now. The guava usually takes a rest after the heavy fall crop.  

Maybe I should be growing tomatoes in my winter garden as some local gardeners do. Crossing my fingers that the hot weather will not cause the broccoli to “button up.”

Changes in the weather patterns disturb us as home gardeners but the economic consequences for farmers are considerable. Predictable patterns for growing and harvesting become unpredictable due to climate changes. 

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Lots of arugula at this smallish stage for salads.

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I pick the ‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard as needed for a salad. The chartreuse stems make it a garden standout.

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This is my first salad with only my garden greens–here arugula and ‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard.

And now a little garden artistry.

See what other garden bloggers are harvesting on Harvest Monday, hosted by Our Happy Acres.

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