07.05.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 June Update

I looked back at last year’s Chauvin Produce Company blog post for the end of June and wow what a difference. Hardly anything that we are growing this year is nearly as big or healthy-looking like last year’s was.  We are using seeds from a different company so since we are doing everything the same as last year I think it’s that.

We will most likely not going to be growing much, if anything next year. I am 65 and Roy is 69 which isn’t terribly old but our bodies just aint what they use to be!  I just spent several hours one day this week pulling and digging up weeds out of the garden and pulling dead leaves off of plants.  Our tomato bushes have black shriveled leaves that look like the plant was grown in the Addams Family garden (graveyard). It’s rather creepy!

Here’s some pictures that kinda look like all is well but it aint! Last year each row in the main garden were filled with plants one after another.  There are big gaps this year in the rows of bell peppers, okra, eggplant. The turnips produced nicely a few weeks ago in the first half of a row. I then planted the same seeds in the second half of the row and not one seed produced.

Bell Pepper Plants have produced very small bell peppers. Not nearly big enough to stuff so I’ve just gutted and sliced them and put them in the freezer.

 

Roy’s Creole Tomatoes  – like I said previously some of these bushes are not big tomatoes they are cherry tomatoes. At least half have been rotten once they ripened. We’ve picked them a few days early and allowed them to ripen inside. When they started growing strong and ripening quickly I put up 4 gallon freezer bags of tomatoes to use in spaghetti, chili, etc.

 

The Main Garden  from left to right – Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplants/Sweet Potatoes, Okra, Bell Pepper, Empty Row where Turnips grew and Spinach tried to grow, last row on the right is Creole Tomatoes.  In the back on the left are green beans and on the right are cucumbers.

 

Okra – This years Okra plants are not as tall as last year but the okras are much bigger.

 

Black Beauty Eggplant Bushes – Much shorter than last year but there are several eggplants on the bushes. Hoping more will be ready soon.

 

In the middle of the eggplant bushes, there is one sweet potato vine that came up on it’s own!

 

Bush Green Beans

 

Cucumbers, what’s left of them! I pulled up long dead vines and I planted several more seeds this week.

 

These are my delicious cherry tomatoes. This bush got so heavy when the wind blew hard it knocked it over. I pulled up one bush that was just pitiful.

Roy and I have decided that because of how poorly they have all done this year that when the weeds get bad again like they were this week that the main garden will be dug under so the grass can start growing there.

The garden down by the pond has a row of pitiful (mostly nibbled on by some animals) green beans and a few really nice creole tomato bushes next to some okay tomatoes!

The puny bush green beans that the critters eat on! I leave them there just so it keeps the critters from looking for other food sources!

 

These creole tomatoes are doing the best. They are growing up along the fence on our property boundary. The first few are doing great. The ones to the right of that are okay.

 

The two fig trees are full of figs and have grown well this past year.

The smaller fig tree

 

The bigger fig tree

 

Our plum tree, probably no fruit this year

The garden area known as the dog cage garden is growing right along! Since it’s not the tidy orderly garden like the main garden it is kind hard to tell what’s what so I labeled the photo so you can tell what’s where. It’s a big area where the plants can take off and grow.

 

Two rows of carrots in the front

 

Behind the carrots are the red meat watermelons on the left and the yellow meat watermelons. No decent size watermelons yet.

 

Turnip seeds were planted here behind the watermelons and between the two side cherry tomato bushes.

 

Potato bushes. We learned from last year’s crop that as the bush deteriorates above the ground the potatoes are growing below the ground so a ugly potato bush is a good sign!

 

Cherry tomato bush which was growing as much outside the cage as inside the cage. I cut all three tomatoes back after taking these photos. They all have tomatoes but none have ripened yet.

 

Cherry tomato bush on the left side of the garden

 

The cherry tomato bush at the back of the garden. It was growing up and down!

Our pecan tree continues to grow but doesn’t have any pecans yet.  The blueberry bushes produced several hundred berries and are finished for the year. They were delicious and are safe in our freezer!

I would like to grow our vegetables in one place next year. One creole tomato bush, one cherry tomato bush, a few green bean bushes, and some turnip plants. We loved the flavor of the turnip plants and the green beans were so good compared to store-bought turnips and green beans.  No more growing things in three places, two down the hill and one at the top of the hill.  Too much climbing in that and too much body pain pulling weeds and maintaining the plants! Next year we will find a good local produce farm and get the vegetables we want that way!

That’s our end of June update! Not published until July 5th but I’m glad to share it when we could.

So much is crazy in our country right now. I hope that reading about our little homegrown garden has given you a little remembrance of the America that we love. Homegrown gardens represent that to me especially this year. I hope you will join me in praying to God to unite our country and stop all the angry mobs trying to trample our freedom and pull down our statutes.  Our God is mighty and strong! Thankfully He chooses to love us and we must ask him to get us through this and come out on the other side even stronger.

May you have a Blessed week!

 

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