July 18, 2018

Harvesting the Season's Garlic

It’s the perfect time to harvest my hardneck garlic.

Determining when garlic is ready to harvest can be tricky. If it’s harvested too soon, the cloves are small and underdeveloped. Harvested too late, and the clove heads begin to separate, making them more vulnerable to decay. Usually, garlic is ready for harvesting in July, but the real indicator is the plant itself - when the bottom leaves have turned brown, and the top leaves are still green. Yesterday, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, harvested our entire crop of garlic ahead of the heavy rains that were expected in the afternoon. All our varieties came from Keene Garlic, a family owned farm in Wisconsin. They include: Amish Rocambole, Armenian Porcelain, Asian Tempest, Chamisol Wild-Rocambole, Chesnok Red, Elephant garlic, Georgian Crystal Porcelain, German Extra Hardy Porcelain, German Red, Inchelium Red, Italian Red, Lorz Italian, Majestic-Porcelain, Metechi, Montana Giant-Porcelain, Music garlic, Northern White-Porcelain, Pehoski Purple, Purple Glaze, Russian Purple, Spanish Roja, and Vietnamese Red.

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July 17, 2018

A Discussion and Book Signing for "Martha's Flowers" at AmericasMart Atlanta

My 90th book, “Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying” is the perfect source for learning how to make the most of all the gorgeous, colorful summer flowers that are blooming right now in gardens across the country.

Last week, the promotional tour for “Martha’s Flowers” continued in Atlanta, Georgia where I appeared at AmericasMart LIVE - part of the 61st-annual Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®. The event was held at AmericasMart Atlanta, one of the largest permanent wholesale trade centers in the world. More than 750-people attended my in-depth interview and discussion. I also conducted a book signing and spoke with guests who love the many inspiring tips, ideas and photographs contained in this very special publication. 

Enjoy these photos, and if you don't already have a copy of "Martha's Flowers", just click anywhere on this highlighted link and order yours today.

July 16, 2018

Mid July in My Vegetable Garden

Here in the Northeast, temperatures today are expected to hit the 90s, with lots of humidity.

Despite some uncomfortable summer weather, the vegetables at my Bedford, New York farm are thriving, and the gardens are looking spectacular this season. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, has already picked lots of broccoli, lettuce, radishes, Chinese cabbage, fava beans and others - I am so happy to have an abundance of fresh produce to share with my family and friends.

Enjoy these photos and the update on my vegetable garden.