How to Start a Home Vegetable Garden with Artichokes and Okra’s Carrie Bettencourt - Fit Armadillo

How to Start a Home Vegetable Garden with Artichokes and Okra’s Carrie Bettencourt

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How to Start a Home Vegetable Garden with Artichokes and Okra's Carrie Bettencort


Have gardening as one of your New Year's Resolutions? Carrie Bettencourt shares tips to help you start a home vegetable garden even if you haven't been the best plant mom or dad in the past! The gardener and cook behind "Artichokes and Okra," Carrie grew up in the deep south, but has managed to live around the world. She currently grows delicious and gorgeous plants in Los Angeles, California and has a surprising background. Professionally, she was a shoe designer before feeling a yearning to be more connected to her environment and make a more simple life. Enjoy our fun conversation and Carrie's tips that include how to enjoy more farm fresh foods even if you aren't ready to start your own garden. Whether you grow your own veggies after tuning into the show or start buying more seasonally, you'll benefit from continuing to follow Carrie on her blog where she shares delicious recipes!

About Carrie Bettencourt

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Carrie is the person behind Artichokes and Okra. Gardening, cooking and taking photos are her jam. She grew up in the deep south but has somehow managed to live around the world. She  

includes “Okra” in her social media handle to always remind her where she started and how much that start influences everything. She has recently landed in California near the big city of Los Angeles - hence the inclusion of “Artichokes.” So many influences…… Hanging out in LA with Carrie is her hubby and crazy garden sidekick pup, Mel.

Professionally, Carrie was a shoe designer for what seems like a thousand years and then one day she woke up and realized she was done with it. She had a yearning to be more connected to her environment and make a more simple life. So, that is what she did. She planted a garden, learned to can and preserve what she grew and then started taking pictures of it all. It is hard to take the designer out the girl, even when she wants the simple life……

Carrie's garden and food adventures ended up “out there” because her friend, Rickie, decided she needed to share it all with the world. She took her phone away from her and started an Instagram account and created a garden and food documenting monster in process. After Carrie got a ton of requests for recipes of the simple garden fresh food she was cooking, she started a blog too.

Artichokes and Okra is the place Carrie talks about what she is growing and what she is eating. It is always fresh and always in season. If you want lots of garden talk and garden pictures, head over to her Instagram feed where she pretty much daily posts about what is happening in her little city garden. The best of what she is eating or preserving will show up on the blog.

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