Garden Crops in Camas Washington - Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


This is the time of year when our Clark County Washington gardens really heat up and yeild the fruits ( and veggies) of our labors. What a treat it is to eat fresh vegetables from our own yard. Our neighbors also have gardens and we're all experiencing a bumper crop of cucumbers and squash. Therefore, we are sharing our excess with the local Food Bank. 

We are big fans of organic gardening and are adamant about using non-gmo and heritage seeds and starts. It takes some thought and planning to keep Monsanto out of the garden, but we think it's worth the effort. The bees, and our own health, are important.  Thanks Belinda Spillman for giving us a chance to share our garden philosophy. 

Here's a list of some farms where you can purchase "safe seeds."  We also have friends who own an organic farm in Ridgefield. Millennium Farms is a great local resource for vegetable starts and they graciously share their knowledge with home gardeners. 

Organic gardening requires a different perspective. You have to learn that perfection is overrated. There will be a few leaves chewed by pests. There will be more weed pulling and hand tending than those gardens where commercial fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are used.  

Here are a few photos from our garden from early in the season, to today. We're at a higher altitude in the hills above Camas, so our garden is several weeks behind those at lower elevations in Clark County. The most recent photos show the heirloom tomatoes starting to ripen ( the close up is a Black Krim)  and we are all looking forward to fresh Caprese salads soon. 




This post is submitted for Belinda Spillman's August challenge: Show us your Summer Blooms and Crops. 

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning Debb and Bernie -- what an impressive bounty and I especially like that you have generously shared it with your local food bank too.   

Aug 17, 2017 10:41 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, standing ovation to you. I have a friend who is into organic farming, he uses fish tanks to grow his crop. All he does is feed the fish and they travel from their tank into where the crops are. I know how much work goe s into what you have done but it's so worth the work.

Aug 17, 2017 11:06 AM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Awesome garden Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD !  It is so inviting and I bet you are all enjoying working in the garden and enjoying the bounty too!

Aug 17, 2017 11:14 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all, we also share the tops of carrots, beets, etc with the local wildlife. Dropping it all in an area far from the garden. Lol. Although, you see the green wire around the top of the fencing - it helps discourage the deer from dining. D 

Aug 17, 2017 11:31 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Wow.  That is one incredible garden.  Nicely done!!!

Aug 17, 2017 12:00 PM #5
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - That's a very serious garden and those tomatoes look like they're going to be tasty. Organic is the way to go, and it's well worth the extra effort to be more connected to nature and eat healthy.

Aug 17, 2017 12:02 PM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a magnificent garden you both have created.  Those tomatoes look wonderful and I can imagine the caprese salad, just by looking at it.  Love that you are sharing the extras with the Food Bank.  A

Aug 17, 2017 12:32 PM #7
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Very impressive garden from beginning to now. I only wish we were able to have one and enjoy the fruits.

Aug 17, 2017 01:16 PM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I wish Charlene and I could do this back home but we don't have talent nor patience for it. We do miss out.

Aug 17, 2017 01:38 PM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's great when you can start to pick your fresh fruit and vegetables from your garden. 

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 17, 2017 09:21 PM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

OMG..what a lovely entry into Belinda Spillmans contest! What a magnificent garden you both have created and the tomatoes look wonderful..your caprese salads will be soooo delicious!

Aug 18, 2017 04:51 AM #11
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb and Bernie, what a beautiful and meticulously maintained garden. Very impressive and I really love that you donate your surplus to the local food bank. Such a great idea.

Aug 18, 2017 05:18 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks guys for all the comments and your visit. We appreciate you so much. D 

Aug 18, 2017 08:12 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your home garden. I have been enjoying tomatoes from our home garden. However, our dahlias are more beautiful than our tomatoes.

Aug 18, 2017 09:02 AM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wow Debb, your garden is gorgeous, and very well maintained.   So nice to have organic veggies!  

Aug 18, 2017 09:27 AM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Did you notice how yellow the grass is in the later photos? We have had so much hot weather an very little rainfall this summer. It's tinder dry around here. The veggies seem to like it though. D 

Aug 19, 2017 07:23 AM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Every time I make caprese I think of you, Debb!!! That time in my kitchen when we were all making fabulous dinner items to partake in with Kristine Ginsberg and Melinda (Mel) Peterson oh-so-long-ago!

Your garden is set up really nicely. I just have two different kinds of tomatoes and corn. Larry keeps talking about a big garden, but he has no idea how much work it is! "Let's wait til I retire,"I told him. I'm a big fan of Miracle Grow is that okay?? 

Aug 19, 2017 12:39 PM #17
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

That was a fun evening!  Miss you gals! 

Aug 30, 2017 06:57 PM #18
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