Despite my go-it-alone personality, I quite enjoy pausing every week to notice what's going on in our little garden, and then sharing my observations with a community of garden bloggers. This activity is inspired by Daphne's weekly blog round-up, which is rather fascinating, if you like that sort of thing.
This week has seen rather cold temperatures in the Bay Area, and worryingly low temperatures in California's citrus growing regions. The farmers are in peril of losing their crops, which would be catastrophic. I've been hearing a lot of talk about how all farm subsidies (including crop insurance) should be stripped from American farmers. The thinking is that this would force farmers to be more serious about their business. This sort of talk makes my blood boil. I spent seven summers living on a dairy farm (I was painting scenery for an opera company, and they housed me in a 19th century farmhouse). Nobody, and I mean NOBODY works harder and is more serious about what they're doing than farmers. To say otherwise is the height of ignorance. And anyway, it's no lack of seriousness that brings on blight or bad weather or drought. Our food supply, and by extension our farmers, need protection from these forces.
In the midst of our California cold snap, the fruit on our lemon tree went from green to yellow this weekend, and it looks like we're going to have another gigantic year for lemons.
Our backyard persimmons are just about finished. I had meant to try making another batch of persimmon jam, but a stupid headcold is slowing me down.
I think wild birds are eating more persimmons than we are, which is just fine. Our silly hens are terrified of songbirds, and the songbirds in turn are terrified by the downy woodpecker that visited our urban backyard yesterday. Apparently, woodpeckers like persimmons. Who knew?