2014 Blog Cabin: How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Well, now that the media room votes have been cast, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2014 Blog Cabin’s outdoor spaces! Vote here up to ten times per day to decide what goes where on the lakeside bungalow’s lawn. You get to choose the shape of the deck, the style of the fire pit and whether you’d prefer Adirondack chairs or some chaise lounges.

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While all of the choices are excellent, there’s one vote I’m afraid I’m going to have to cast right away: The Raised Garden Bed. This (ahem, expertly built) raised garden will be a home to either wildflowers or a vegetable garden – and I am a garden girl!

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Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a fantastic way to save money while controlling the quality of your own food. Now you’ll know for sure that your food is chemical free and grown with love. Best of all – when you garden, the grocery store is just a few feet away.

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In fact, I love growing my own vegetables so much, I found I often had way too many of them. But I never back down from a challenge, so I dreamt up all kinds of vegetable infused recipes, crafts and cocktails to share with my fellow green thumbs. I also cooked up some exciting DIY beauty products you can produce from your produce at home. Lastly I threw in some general gardening tips I’ve collected in my days digging in the dirt. If you’re interested in taking a look – check them out here.

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 So that’s the end of my campaign speech – please vote vegetable garden today! I’ll be holding my breath until the results are tallied. Just kidding, it’s Friday. I’ll be sipping a Dirty Gardener Cocktail around 5 o’clock!

Comments (22)

  1. Bonnie says:

    My vote is flower/veggie raised bed garden! Is that an option?

  2. MAOW says:

    OK, now that you are sharing drink recipes, I am hooked. Time to share a "Garden Recipe" (And one that is a SOUTH BEACH favorite). If you like a GIN MOJITO you will LOVE a Juliet and Romeo.

    Juliet and Romeo Cocktail

    3 slices fresh cucumber
    3 sprigs fresh mint
    tiny pinch of salt
    2 oz gin
    3/4 oz simple syrup
    3/4 oz fresh lime juice
    3 drops rose water
    3 drops Angustora bitters
    mint leaf, additional rose water and bitters, for garnish if desired

    In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber and mint with the pinch of salt. (Crush with the back of a spoon if you don't have a muddler!)
    Add rest of ingredients to cocktail shaker. Let sit for 30 seconds.
    Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into serving glass.
    Garnish with a mint leaf – place one drop of rosewater on the mint leaf and three drops of bitters on surface of the drink if desired.

  3. bogartandbacall says:

    nothing like picking a tomatoe off a vine and having the smell and biting into it and the taste of it you cannot buy that in a store that just about goes for all fruits and veggies. makes meals taste so much better and knowing what was fertilized with them. another thing is to plant and watch it grow. so pleasing…

  4. DBCoop says:

    I don't know what vegetables are planned for the nifty raised garden beds, but I'm hoping for some of the usuals like tasty oca (New Zealand yam) or maybe sunchoke, which makes a good potato substitute.

    On to salad fixings. What about the cauliflower variant, romanesco? Another nutritious salad ingredient is kai-lan. Finally, a great stir-fry complement is yardlong, or Chinese long beans.

    What more could anyone need? Other than another Dirty Gardener Cocktail, naturally.

  5. Lia_M says:

    I'm voting for the veggies and herbs! I need my tomatoes and lots of types of basil, sage, cilantro, rosemary,thyme… And loose leaf lettuces that can handle the heat in Florida.
    Now I'm hungry for Caprese salad!

  6. Trish says:

    We grow so many veggies, we tend to share with neighbors and friends. And we have neighbors who do the same. We have many canning jars, so we have the delish veggies from our garden through the fall and winter and now spring, too. Straight from the garden IS best!

    Last year, one of the known stores (the one that got in trouble over the holidays) had a 4 spout timer. This way, even if you forget to water, it doesn't. We've had many inquiries about this device. THIS year, hub assures me we will have rain barrels for our garden beds. We will be adding more.

    Here's a question: do WILD life like the veggies? How do you keep them out?

    • Les says:

      HI, I plant mint and marigolds all around my little garden and it even keep the rabbits living under my shed out.
      Also have lemon balm, sage, thyme, and rosemary. seems to do the trick!

  7. Trish says:

    It's me again…..I asked my hub about gardening in Florida. He said it's too hot to grow veggies in the area. He thinks flowers would be best. He asked about fruit trees. He LOVES citris, he had his own when he lived there before. There's a lot to be learned by those of us who haven't been there.

  8. Sheri McNamara says:

    Wow Laurie, I just watched those videos. I can't wait to try some of those out. Between my husband and myself we have raised all sorts of veggies and herbs, and they are so much tastier that grocery store stuff. We had so many tomatoes and hot peppers that I was giving some to my adult kids and still froze plenty.I made tomato sauces varying them with different herbs,made salsas and even some ketchup. The house smelled wonderful and sometimes neighbors made positive comments.We only had a small porch area so they were planted in various size gardening pots, so I was surprised when we got the volume we did. I used an old wooden pallet so the pots wouldn't set on hot concrete. Thanks for all your articles, veggies and B.C. you are wonderful. Best wishes.

  9. Lynn Boulter says:

    Last summer when I had space for planting one veggie, I planted long neck squash. It grew happily, at least 12 feet long,, so I vined it over some evergreen bushes with the squashes mostly hidden in and behind the bushes. I didn't have to fence or net it, and the deer stayed away. It always surprises me when I try something and it works!

  10. Jessica says:

    I live in Winter Haven and I know where the rebuild is at. Is it all right to visit the site?

    • Laurie_March says:

      Hi Jessica!

      So glad to have a Winter Haven friend here!

      I'm glad you asked. The network keeps the location as much of a secret as they can – most of all for safety. If you do know the address, please do not post it here. As for stopping by – it's a construction site, with all the perils of any major construction job.

      The crew will not allow anyone on the property for your safety – as well as that of each of the contractors that are there to do a job. Not to mention – for the privacy of neighbors.

      But since you're here – maybe you can settle a bet for me. What's the best burger in the Winter Haven area?


  11. Nancy says:

    It isn't to hot to garden in Florida, Just do it in the winter instead of summer.

  12. @JCLUVU22 says:

    I don't want a large garden – but I do want raised beds so I don't have to lean over so much. So I would take any house with a yard that looks nice with raised beds.

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