08.05.20 Gone, gone, and…….!

Two of this year’s three vegetable gardens are gone, gone, gone!  We are letting the tomato bushes down by the pond just die out on their own. I picked about 10 tomatoes this week from down there. That is compared to over a hundred a week during the best part of the season. Those tomatoes should be gone by next week.

This picture below is the main garden. It is nice to be able to see more of the pond since all the vegetables from that garden are gone, gone, gone!

The blue circled area below is where the dog cage garden was. The green areas that are still there are creeping daisies. The flower garden to the right of that had some major redoing recently when I pulled out all of the creeping daisies around the azaleas and lantana. I left some there and will plant more in the dirt area in front of that.   My work outside whenever it is nice, shady and cool is to pull up St. Augustine grass runners from around our property and plant them in the two empty gardens above.  Then water, water, water them all the time so they live and take root. I have pulled and planted grass runners for a long period of time each time I did it in the past. I’m only doing it a short length of time each time now. If you want to know the best way I’ve found to pull, cut and plant runners here’s that information from a previous post when I wrote about it.

We’ve done a lot of runner transplanting over the years and since moving here.  I’ve learned the most successful transplant works when the runners are clipped into small segments and any dead blades removed before planting.  It’s so hot outside that I do the cleaning part with a big blanket over my lap, a container with the original runners, a pan to put the new small clean segments in and one for the parts cut off.  In the past, we’ve planted the whole runners and they’ve had a difficult time getting established and survived.  All of these new clean smaller segments are rooting and surviving! Here’s my setup for cleaning and clipping the runners!

This was the first batch I planted yesterday and I have a good batch ready to be planted today.

We are trying to cut back the things that require our care in the heat of the summer. Vegetable and flower gardens are included in that. The creeping daisies grow like crazy in a flower circle in the front yard. They take over the rose bushes, bay leaf bushes, and lilies. I pulled up about 20 percent of the daisies and Roy pulled up the bricks. Hopefully, we’ll have some nice days or nice evenings soon so we can get that finished!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week!

07.31.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 – July update and final wrap up

Well, this is probably our last Chauvin Produce Company update, ever…. It’s been mostly fun, mostly delicious and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and how to grow a garden! Next year we will have hopefully found a local produce grower that we can purchase our vegetables from.

All of the main garden vegetables have been pulled up.

The green bean produced really well until recently. They stopped producing and the small bushes just died. The fresh cooked green beans were delicious. I think I will be buying fresh green beans from now on instead of canned ones.

The cucumber vines produced pretty good at first but recently dried up and stopped producing. We enjoyed several delicious tomato and cucumber salads when they were producing well.

The bell pepper plants were eaten by something over time. Seemed like every day there was one getting pulled up with no leaves on them. Before that, we pulled several small bell pepper plants, chopped them and froze them for seasoning later.

The eggplant bushes produced several small tender eggplants at first. Then more grew on the bushes but they were very small and hard.

The 14 big tomato and cherry tomato bushes produced well at first but then the plant leaves withered and the tomatoes were real small before the plants were pulled up.

Only the okra plants produced really well the whole season. As I was writing this Roy was pulling the okra out of the ground.

The pictures below are of the main garden dismantling over time.

This last photo was this morning before Roy pulled up the okra plants.

Roy is leveling the garden getting it ready for healthy St. Augustine grass runners to be planted there. One thing that is nice about the garden being gone is that we can see all of the pond from our patio!

The beautiful tomato bushes down by the pond are so so pitiful looking now. They have almost no leaves and just a few small tomatoes on them. But hey the azaleas are blooming great! The tomatoes down there were watered well and fertilized as needed. We have gotten a lot of nice tomatoes from those bushes until now.

This picture of nothing is where our green beans were!

The dog cage garden is an interesting hod podge of vegetables. The green beans were long ago eaten up by some critter.

The carrots are what is doing well and I look forward to when we can dig them up. The two rows of carrots go down the middle of this picture. Some of the watermelon vines are on the right.

The potatoes produced about 4 small potatoes. The watermelon vines are very nice but have only produced two watermelons, both are small and who knows how they will do! In the first photo below you’ll see the pitiful potatoes and one of the watermelons. Yes, at a time when all around our area massive oblong watermelons are being sold on the side of the road, yet we have two small watermelons no larger than a golf ball and a small cucumber!

The turnips that looked like they might be okay just withered away. The watermelon vines got so big they overtook the turnips!

Lastly are updates on our fruit/nut plants.

The pecan tree has lots of new leaves on it. No pecans but those will come.

The plum tree is the same with new leaves and no fruit yet.

The two fig trees are growing well. First, the smaller tree has several new leaves and several small figs. A few have ripened.

This is the taller tree that has many many green figs. None have ripened.

So that pretty much brings our 2020 garden to a close. We are thinking about either planting four vegetables near the house or in large pots near the patio. The four vegetables will be creole tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans. This all may change before next year but we will both enjoy not having any gardening to do. I am looking forward to being able to relax on the new back porch without seeing something that needs to be done in one of the gardens!

We’ve had a lot of rain lately which filled up the pond. These two pictures are of the water coming from the surrounding land into our pond one morning. It stopped before going into the duck’s cage, thank goodness!

We are puppy sitting our precious grandpuppy Samson this week while his family is on vacation. I am working on a blog post about our time with that little man! Hope to publish that one soon! Samson thinks he is protecting the house from Bo and Peep here!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

07.28.20 Who remembers using or doing this…..?

I will be 66 soon and Roy will be 70 in January. Our growing up lives were very different than the lives of those growing up now. We have memories of odd things in our past. Odd to those growing up now but very natural to us. I saw these photos recently and they brought back lots of memories.

There are 50 photos. I was familiar with 48 of them. I’ll let you know which two I don’t remember or didn’t experience.

Count the ones you used or were familiar with growing up.  Let me know in the comments how you did!

These are the two I don’t remember. The nurse’s station in the photo near the end. I also never rode on a banana seat on a bicycle.

How many did you know? Let me know!!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

07.25.20 The new addition to our home and Roy’s new techy toys!

This blog post has been in the making for quite a while. I am so thankful that the project and this blog post is completed!  I believe that adding a patio with a patio cover was one of the best things we’ve done. Yes, we (meaning Roy, not me) built a 27 x 16 patio cover over the cement slab we had poured in March.

Both Roy and I contributed to the writing of this post. I am sure that there are more details in this blog post than you need to know about, but all those details will help us remember something about the patio cover at some point in the future!

We saved a lot of money doing the installation ourselves (again Roy, not me). We purchased the materials at Short’s Siding and Patio Supply, LLC.  Darren at Short’s helped Roy figure out what material and supplies Roy would need to do the job. I don’t think I will ever let Roy undertake something like this no matter how much money it would save us.

Short’s delivered all the materials to our home in Amite.

I can definitely say that this was one of the most strenuous and difficult things Roy has ever tackled.  I’ve always been Roy’s little helper if that is needed. I tried to help Roy on this one and just couldn’t do it. My balance and lack of strength are stopping me from doing as much as I would have.

Our son Chip came to help a few times and was a tremendous help. Thank you Chipper for giving us your time to get this done!

We even asked our UPS driver to help put up one of the long panels. I’ll bet that was a first for him! Our neighbor Daniel came over to help put up another of the long panels. The insulated panels aren’t that heavy but their size and having to put them up above our heads made it really difficult. Roy learned on this project that taking it slow, drinking Powerade, and taking breaks often was a wise way to appreciate this project.

The columns in the back are 4″ fluted columns just like the ones on our front porch, they are just smaller!

He used 4 columns to support the 2″ x 7″ x 27′ one-piece beam to give the cover more support against strong winds. The columns are bolted to the slab with long heavy duty 1/2″ anchor bolts. Darrel from Shorts let Roy use his power hammer drill to drill the anchor holes in the slab.  When Roy got the first panel installed he set up a portable fan so that he could begin to enjoy a bit of shade and cool breeze.  He worked himself so hard I was always happy to see him in the rocker getting a bit of rest.

 These are the insulated panels that are now all locked together creating the patio cover!             Two of the panels have special beams placed inside them as to Roy’s specifications to allow the fans and outlets to be installed. Roy ran the wires through the panels and into the attic for the fans and outlets as the panels were being installed. He used metal armor cable to prevent the wires from chafing.

    The two 72″ fans each have 8 blades.  We really love them!

Us elderly Chauvins have ventured into the world of Alexa. Chip has them and we decided they were a good thing for us to as well!

We put two under the patio, two in our living room and one in our bedroom. The two under the patio and the two in the living room are set up to play in stereo and works really well. You can tell Alexa to play in the area you are in or to play everywhere. This feature is nice as you can go from room to room and not miss a beat.

The two fans are remotely controlled. By adding what is called a Bond Bridge, we can also control the fans and lights through Alexa eliminating the need for the remotes. While running the wires, Roy also installed a coax cable. He is planning on installing a 50″ outdoor TV to one of the columns in the near future. He glued a piece of treated 2 x 4 inside the column where the TV is to be mounted for extra support.

 This is Roy’s foot hanging over the edge while he was working on top of the patio cover sealing the seams.

  He still has more sealing to do but that will wait for a cooler time! He says it’s well sealed for now.

Here I am doing what little I could do. I helped Roy by holding the end cap in place while he made it permanent!

The finished patio!! We will be using our RV rockers and reclining lawn chairs, and other chairs we have on the patio for now.  The rockers suit us well and the reclining lawn chairs are perfect for an afternoon of reading under the fan’s cool breeze and shade from the sun listening to Alexa’s spa channel! We are using the big outdoor mat we used with Dora when we were traveling. When we find something more colorful in the right size we will replace the Dora mat with the new one.

This is the beautiful view of the pond from our new patio! Isn’t God’s creation amazing! The garden that is in the picture is mostly gone now and we can see much more of the pond now! I should be planting grass runners next week where the garden is now.

All my decoupaged plant pots with flowers from our property and a couple I purchased. We put them all on the bakers rack we bought at last year’s 15 Mile yard sale in our area.

We are enjoying sitting outside on this new patio and listening to a variety of music in stereo.  Even when it’s been in the 90s we have enjoyed the cool breeze that the fans provide.  You can see in some of the pictures that our garden is slowly being disassembled. We will be planting St. August runners where the main garden is very soon!

It’s always something! And this something has made us both very happy. If you come to visit us and we don’t answer the doorbell feel free to wander around to the back of the house.  You may catch us napping or just enjoying the view from our rockers!

If you are interested in having a patio cover like this one here is their contact information:

Short’s Siding and Patio Supply, LLC.

20456 S  I-12 Service Rd, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

(985) 345-1772

07.20.20 HERE’S WHAT NO CASH ACTUALLY MEANS, by Dave Ramsey

Are you a bit concerned with the shift away from cash or does it seem like no big deal? This information from Dave Ramsey was very eye-opening for me. I hope you will read his article with an open mind. It’s a two-minute read and he does a nice job of explaining this.

A cashless society means no cash. Zero. It doesn’t mean mostly cashless and you can still use a ‘wee bit of cash here & there’. Cashless means fully digital, fully traceable, fully controlled. I think those who support a cashless society aren’t fully aware of what they are asking for. A cashless society means:

  • If you are struggling with your mortgage on a particular month, you can’t do an odd job to get you through.

  • Your child can’t go & help the local farmer to earn a bit of summer cash.

  • No more cash slipped into the hands of a child as a good luck charm or from their grandparent when going on holidays.

  • No more money in birthday cards.

  • No more piggy banks for your child to collect pocket money & to learn about the value of earning.

  • No more cash for a rainy day fund or for that something special you have been putting $20 a week away for.

  • No more little jobs on the side because your wages barely cover the bills or put food on the table.

  • No more charity collections.

  • No more selling bits & pieces from your home that you no longer want/need for a bit of cash in return.

  • No more cash gifts from relatives or loved ones.

What a cashless society does guarantee:

  • Banks have full control of every single penny you own.

  • Every transaction you make is recorded.

  • All your movements & actions are traceable.

  • Access to your money can be blocked at the click of a button when/if banks need ‘clarification’ from you which will take about 3 weeks, a thousand questions answered & five thousand passwords.

  • You will have no choice but to declare & be taxed on every dollar in your possession.

  • The government WILL decide what you can & cannot purchase.

  • If your transactions are deemed in any way questionable, by those who create the questions, your money will be frozen, ‘for your own good’.

Forget about cash being dirty. Stop being so easily led. Cash has been around for a very, very, very long time & it gives you control over how you trade with the world. It gives you independence. I heard a story where a man supposedly contracted Covid because of a $20 bill he had handled. There is the same chance of Covid being on a card as being on cash. If you cannot see how utterly ridiculous this assumption is then there is little hope.

If you are a customer, pay with cash. If you are a shop owner, remove those ridiculous signs that ask people to pay by card. Cash is a legal tender, it is our right to pay with cash. Banks are making it increasingly difficult to lodge cash & that has nothing to do with a virus, nor has this ‘dirty money’ trend.

Pay with cash & please say no to a cashless society while you still have the choice.

This is one of my favorite scriptures. Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

07.12.20 Healthcare hero rocks, rock flowers and ladybug rocks!

As our country was going through month after month of Covid-19, our healthcare workers were putting themselves right in the of the whole mess being exposed and working longer hours than usual. Some were not even able to see their children for weeks to keep those kiddos safe from the virus. They did this for us and other folks they didn’t even know. We owe so much to these folks who are really HEALTHCARE HEROS!

My friend Nancy sent me the idea she had seen of creating rocks that represented Healthcare HEROS.  That got me to thinking that as many doctors and nurses that I have or are friends with I felt I needed to express my appreciation for what they have done.  I’m including this so that it may encourage others to do these for their doctors. This is the one we gave to our family Doctor.

Here are some more of the little creations.

These were painted in steps.

First was to paint two coats of white paint on each rock, both sides.

I paint a skin color or two next.

Then I paint each medical cap a different color, mostly.

The decorations on the caps are mostly painted on but I did add a few small stickers to most of them. Using a white paint pen I edged the caps.

Then white/black eyes were painted on. Two of those in both photos have crazy eyes that I glued on.

These are two of the steps before the masks went on.

If you already paint rocks for hiding or are interested in doing it, I recommend doing some of these and giving them to the health care HEROS in your life!

Creating Rock Flowers – Bro. Randy Davis sent me a picture of several of these rock flowers in one garden.  See the picture below. He knew of my obsession with painting various kinds of rock creations!!  Even rock n roll back in the day!!!  Here’s the picture he sent and then my version of them. I now have four rock flowers scattered throughout my yard in smaller versions of the first ones below. Bro. Randy, if you read this and would like a rock flower of your own please let me know what colors!

These flowers are around 12 inches across. One is down by the pond. Purple and Gold –  Geaux Tigers! There are some little ladybugs down there and a New Orleans Saints rock!

This one is next to our pecan tree.

I used smaller rocks like the ones in the photo below to make smaller flowers.

This one started out mandarin colored with glitter on top. Today when I looked at it, it was maybe pale peach.  I’m going to have to find out what to do to stop that.  They all have about three layers of clear coating but it seems that’s not enough. This is my little metal and rock flower garden by the entry to our driveway.

This one is lavender and blue and is next to our mailbox with three red ladybugs! 

Last but not least are my ladybug rocks! Mine are not alike each time and they never look like anyone else’s! My friend Nancy sent me a photo of some ladybug rocks she thought I’d like.  I did and I started making them, my way. Isn’t Nancy the best.  She recently had her knee replaced so she could use our prayers for a speedy recovery! Thanks! Here’s the photo she sent me.

At first, I made them just like the example  After making about 10 of them for around our yard I changed how I did them.

This is the same photo that was in the rock flower part of today’s blog post. This time I’m pointing out the little ladybugs!

These are how I now make them with a little nose and smile, antennas and a stripe down it’s back. These two in the back row are for Nancy as a thank you for letting me know about these cuties!  The three in the front are the ones by the mailbox in the photo above.

Two more sets I’ve made for friends and family. These little guys make me smile!

That wraps it for all the new things I’ve learned to do in this rock painting/decoupaging world! Next up I plan to tell ya’ll about our newly completed patio with awning and a couple of goodie tech things that make Roy kinda giddy!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

 

 

07.08.20 Decoupaging glass plates and plant pots

Today’s blog post is about the last two things I know how to decoupage!  Reverse decoupaging glass plates first! I started out not doing too well with these.

These two glass plates below were made for my daughter in law Amy. She picked out the napkins and I made two dinner size decorative glass plates for her. Being a preacher’s wife I know she’ll have lots of opportunities to use these.

These lunch and dinner glass plates come from Dollar Tree.  It is really amazing the things you can get at Dollar Tree!

Here’s how these are made.

Apply a coat of mod podge on the bottom of the plate, let it dry.

Apply a second coat of mod podge in a different direction.

When the second coat of mod podge dries, separate the top napkin layer from the rest of the layers.

Lay the napkin upside down on the bottom of the plate. You are getting ready to use the iron to heat up the mod podge so the napkin will adhere to it.

Heat up your small iron and lay a sheet of parchment paper over the plate.

Using the heated up iron rub it around the flat circle in the middle of the plate.

Then the fun part is flattening and getting out the wrinkles of the napkin on the curved part of the plate! Using the tip of the iron, the side edge of the iron, and however else you can use the iron to get the napkin to adhere to the plate! The edge of the plate needs to ironed on a lot so you can get the excess napkin filed off with a nail file.

I’ve learned how to do this without the parchment paper.  I use it the first few times around the plate but take the parchment paper off and gently press the iron over the edges of the plate and over the inside of the flat part of the plate. Making sure the napkin adheres to the plate is important because if not the plate will not come out like it should.

 

What you see in the first photo below is the underside of the napkin and the plate.

This is the top side of the plate with the napkin showing through it!  

The same steps were used on this one. This photo is the bottom side of the plate and napkin.  This is the top side of the plate and napkin showing through it!The photo below is how to use a nail file (or sand paper) to rub the napkin off on the edges.  Makes it have a really finished appearance!The finished plates for the two I showed above are in the photo below. The top lunch size plate was made from a napkin that was too small to cover the whole plate so I painted around the napkin with a cream color that matched the napkin pretty well.  That one was made for one of my granddaughters.

The lunch plate at the bottom was made from Happy Birthday wrapping paper that I got from Dirt Cheap for 49 cents.  I made it for my grandchildren to put their slice of birthday cake or their birthday cupcake on when it’s their birthday.  I’m using the rest of the wrap to wrap their birthday presents in!

I made these next four specifically so that when my sister Harriett and brother in law George come to visit we have special plates to eat our dessert on! We haven’t seen each other since the worst of the covid 19 staying at home time. Tomorrow they are coming to visit and we will get to use these for the first time.  All four were made from thin scarves from Dollar Tree.

My sister and brother in law just left and they liked having their own plates decorated for them. The pink ones are Harriett and mine!

So that you can see how the scarf at the top was used on something else here it is. This is one of the flat glass cutting boards from Dollar Tree!

I made this one to display on my kitchen counter and to use as a plate to hold muffins, cookies, etc. on!

I’ll tell you here that right on top of wine bottles as the hardest things for me to make are these glass plates. The problem is it’s a combination of the decoupaging materials I was using and the fact that the curved part of the plate is difficult to get the wrinkles out of. I used thin scarves from Dollar Tree and wrapping paper as well as napkins. I cannot find pictures of the other plates I’ve made but there were more!

One last decoupage method that I know are these almost free plant pots made from various plastic containers and napkins! We bought a baker’s rack at a flea market this year. I needed about a dozen pots to put on the rack and only had a couple! I gathered two-liter bottles, cool whip containers, bottom half of gallon and half gallon milk jugs, a large peanut can, and a couple of small regular pots.

I painted them white. When dry, I covered the outside with mod podge and then adhered a napkin (after removing the additional layers.) I finished off with two or three layers of coatings of polycrylic. I really like how they came out.  They all live now on the baker’s rack.

I’ve decided I’m not loving how the milk jug bottom half looks like. I really do like how the cool whip and the small cups look. Since making these I’ve gotten better at making the large Folgers containers so I may do that one over. Here they are all in one place on the baker’s rack!   That’s all of the things I know how to decoupage! Rocks, wine bottles, flat glass trivets, luncheon and dinner glass plates, and plant pots! If you want to try any of these and have questions let me know! I’m no expert but I’m getting better with each one I do!

Next, I’ll show ya’ll how to make flower rocks, ladybug rocks and healthcare heros! Neither have anything to do with decoupaging but they are two new painted rock projects I’d like to share how to do them with you.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

07.06.20 Happy Birthday to our son Chip Matthew Chauvin!

This was originally published last year. We love this big baby boy of ours so ! Happy 39th birthday Chip Chauvin! Happy Birthday to our son Chip Matthew Chauvin who was born on this day in 1981 at 8:56 pm a healthy boy of 8 pounds born to a young dad of 30 and mother of 26.. Today is Chip’s 38th birthday.

Chip, you’ve made us proud, you’ve made us quite crazy😉, and we love you now more than ever! We celebrated his birthday on July 4th complete with fireworks!

Here’s some pictures of Chip throughout the years.

 

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Have a great and special day Chip! Love you, Mom and Dad!

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!