Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Colby's first fourth of July was spent at Lake Wateree, SC (near Camden), where his grandparents own a nice lakehouse, complete with a private beach, dock, pontoon boat, sailboat, plus a large screened in porch that is perfect for all the family dogs. The Lake Wateree community association organizes a pretty impressive firework display from an island in the middle of the lake, and we viewed it from the pontoon boat (Colby stayed home with his grandma, since the fireworks started about 1.5 hours after his bedtime).
We have traditionally planted vegetable gardens each spring (before the first family made it in vogue), and this years garden is our largest ever. We think we have an organic garden, the only thing we did not check was the origin of the top soil. We have only used organic natural fertilizer (a fish by product), and Hershey really loves it. She actually eats the dirt after we fertilize. Fun. We planted 4 types of tomatoes (we have 16 tomato plants, some over 5 feet tall), zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper, sweet pepper, carrots, pole beans, and watermelon. Jennifer also planted some flowers for cutting. We mulched most of the garden, and it is doing very well as you can see from the pictures. We had a fairly cool and wet spring, so the roots got well established before the summer heat arrived. We are currently enjoying the zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers, and the pole beans are just sprouting flowers along with the watermelon. We plan to plant pumpkin seeds soon for fall harvesting. Maybe Colby can carve a home grown pumpkin in October.