02.01.19 Chauvin Produce Company expansion

Here we go with the 2019 Chauvin Produce Company expansion!  Also known as Rosie’s garden version 2.0!!

Our 8′ x 16′ garden is now 16′ x 16′!  256 square feet!

My honey spent two grueling days this week digging up the grass from where the garden will be and replanting it in the side yard, just like he did the original garden last year.  At least this years garden was begun while the weather is still cool.  Last year was during the heat of the summer, ick!

I needed a way to identify each row of seeds so I selected some flat rocks and fit as much of the plants name as I could on the rock sealing them with clear nail polish!  It worked!

This years garden will include January plantings of 100 tiny peat pots filled with planting soil and seeds of cantaloupe, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, eggplants, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, green onions and iceberg lettuce.  Yeah that’s quite a variety.  We’re still learning and I want to see what grows best here.  When those have sprout enough in the container they will get moved outside to acclimate and then get planted in the garden where we will have crops galore!!!

These are the two containers with peat pots, soil and seeds. 

In late February we’ll plant the watermelon seeds, cucumbers, okra, seed sweet potatoes, yellow onion sets and peanuts. Three merlitons are sprouting to be planted when ready.

Roy is building a raised trellis for the merlitons and cucumbers to grown on.  Some of the garden may be planted down by the pond like we did last year with the watermelon and cantaloupe.  We’ll see!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

11.09.18 I know what I’ll be doing on Monday!

Friday, November 9, 2018 – Well, I know what I’ll be doing Monday.  Starting possibly Monday but definitely Tuesday and Wednesday the temperature lows overnight in our area will be between 29 degrees and 31 degrees which is below freezing.  We can’t leave the vegetables in the garden to freeze!  Too much love and effort has gone into the garden to let that happen.

This is Louisiana so we may have 80 degree weather the following week until Christmas but next week there is a freeze so I have to deal with that.

Monday I’ll be picking all of the tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, turnips, radishes, okra, carrots, and lettuce.  The okra may only be small but I’m going to try to pickle them.  The cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts and bell peppers haven’t produced anything yet so they will get to freeze 😦   Our sweet little watermelons aren’t nearly big enough to pick so their life is over too! That doesn’t sound right but I am sure you know what I am saying.

Our blueberry bushes (in their current space next to the fence) just got pruned in this cold, windy, damp weather.  They finally are dormant and now pruned.  Roy will dig them up and transplant them in their new location by the house tomorrow.  The ground in their current space and the new space is soggy, soggy, so it will make transplanting them much easier.

Before pruning – there are five in the back and three in the front.  Four had no leaves and four still had some leaves.  This picture was taken last week so they were minus a lot more leaves when I pruned them.

After pruning

The cucumbers that I pickled (using a refrigerator method) are ready and we are really enjoying them.  They taste just like kosher dills!

Even Roy loves these delicious pickles!!

I’d do them all that easy way but they will only stay good in the refrigerator for one to two month and I’d like to have some around longer.  Since I have to pick them Monday a bunch of them will not be able to grow larger.  I may try making small cucumbers into pickles.  It’s worth a try.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!