May 26, 2017

Cleaning the Chicken Coops and Installing New Nesting Boxes

As many of you know, I’ve long enjoyed the pastime of raising chickens. I began raising chickens primarily for their delicious, fresh eggs, but over the years, I’ve also grown fond of caring for them, and learning about their many different breeds and varieties.

At my Bedford, New York farm, I currently have four coops that house more than one-hundred chickens in all. From the moment they arrive, I make sure they are housed properly, fed all the best, most nutritious foods, and have enough room to roam and range happily. Their coops are given a thorough cleaning once a week - fresh bedding, clean nests, etc. And recently, my outdoor grounds crew replaced all the nesting boxes with new ones from Hog Slat Inc., power washed every coop and installed new protective netting over the entire chicken yard. 

Here are some photos - enjoy.

May 25, 2017

Preparing for a Weekend at Skylands

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching.

For me, every Memorial Day weekend signals a significant change of seasons. It's traditionally the weekend I go to Skylands, my home in Maine. Every year, I make the special trip to plant the outdoor urns, pots and planters. It’s quite an undertaking, but I actually enjoy the time, especially with the group that accompanies me from year to year. Many of the tropical and exotic specimens are stored in a hoop house at my Bedford farm during winter, and then carefully loaded onto a trailer and delivered to Maine for the summer months. 

Yesterday, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew worked hard to prepare everything for the trip - they harvested lots of delicious vegetables from the greenhouse and prepared the plants heading north for the season. Here are some photos - enjoy.

May 24, 2017

Planting Onions in the Vegetable Garden

Planting is in full swing down in my vegetable garden.

Ryan, Wilmer, and our NYBG intern, Wambui, have been very busy planting the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, and scattering seeds for the carrots, parsnips, beets, and all kinds of other greens. A couple of weeks ago, they also planted the onion crop. The onions were started from seed in my greenhouse earlier this year and were finally ready to transplant into our beds. I am looking forward to a bountiful harvest!

Enjoy these gardening photos…