June 19, 2018

Planting the Season's Tomatoes

Tomatoes, Solanum lycopersicum, have long been one of America’s favorite garden vegetables. Those bold red, sun-ripened tomatoes deliver the taste of summer with every bite. And, they’re filled with excellent antioxidants and vitamins.

Just a handful of healthy plants can produce a bounty of delicious fruits within six to eight weeks. The best time to plant tomatoes is when daytime temperatures are consistently above 65-degrees Fahrenheit. Over the last few days, my gardeners, Ryan and Carlos, planted this season’s tomato crop - more than 120-plants are now growing in our outdoor beds.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

June 18, 2018

Cleaning the Wine Cellar at My Farm

Another home-keeping project at my Bedford, New York farm is complete.

Some of you may know, I have a very large collection of wines stored in my Winter House basement - some were purchased for parties and others were given to me as gifts. I also keep a group of personal favorites from our own Martha Stewart Wine Co. Every now and then, I like to clean the space out, reorganize the shelves, and make sure all the bottles are categorized properly by vintage year. Last week, my personal executive assistant, Shqipe Berisha Lulenaj, and my housekeeper, Carlos Restrepo, took on the time-consuming task. The project needed a couple of days to complete, but now it will be much easier to locate specific wines, liquors and other spirits the next time I entertain.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

June 16, 2018

A Talk and Book Signing at Longwood Gardens

“Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying” continues to inspire and inform all those who flip through its pages. I hope you have your copy!

This week, Kevin Sharkey and I participated in a garden discussion and book signing at the exquisite Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. More than 1450-guests attended the talk in the historic Open Air Theater. The book signing was also held outdoors at the Garden’s Dogwood Plaza. It was such a gorgeous and sunny spring day - just perfect for the event. Afterwards, Kevin and I had the opportunity to walk through some of the gardens filled with spectacular plantings and stunning water fountain displays. Longwood has a rich and varied history. There is always something new to see and learn every time I visit. If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to stop by - it is a magical place.

Here are some photos.