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.