As a Catholic by birth, however, I am well aware that I will pay for such subversive thoughts and decadent enjoyments. Now, hints are appearing of the form that payment will take. The Saratogian reported this week that warm temperatures are threatening the local apple crop. The fruit is a thousand times more delicious, by the away, than anything you can buy in a supermarket, and we are not even mentioning the hot cider and cider donuts at Saratoga Apple.
Even worse is this AP story about some research conducted on field mustard: apparently annuals, which complete their life cycle in a season, turn out to adapt to adverse weather conditions extremely rapidly. Makes sense. The problem is, many weeds are annuals. So global warming may favor weeds while hitting plants that take a long time to reproduce, such as shrubs and trees, very hard indeed.
All I can say is, God help me. (See photo at left for proof that divine intervention is called for.) Of course, most vegetables are annuals, too, so they will adapt rapidly to our increasingly carbon-choked climate. We’ll still be able to grow beautiful broccolis and peas, even as the apple trees are failing around us. That is, if we can manage to locate them among the various sowthistles and pigweeds running roughshod over our gardens.