February 22, 2017

ULIVjava and a New Addition to the Farm

There is a lot of activity going on at my farm. 

Here in the Northeast, the last few days have been very pleasant - warm enough to get a lot of chores done. The outdoor grounds crew has been busy cleaning the woodlands in preparation for new seedlings, top dressing garden beds with mulch, and picking up any stray branches or debris left over from two recent snow storms. Over the weekend, we also welcomed a new peacock. Pedda Reddy, a passionate peafowl breeder and raiser in Dutchess County, New York, came by to drop him off and to help introduce him to the resident peacocks, peahens and peachicks.

We also celebrated the launch of ULIVjava's new "k-cups". You may recall, my longtime personal trainer, Mary Tedesco, is the co-founder of ULIVjava, a company that seeks to create and promote healthy, great-tasting, organic coffee products that are infused with vitamins, minerals, and herbs. The company produces ground coffees, and now single-serve coffee pods. I joined the ULIVjava partnership after tasting the delicious drinks. The following are some images taken of the "k-cup" manufacturing process. To order ULIVjava, just go to the web site by clicking on this highlighted link.

February 21, 2017

Starting Onions from Seed in My Greenhouse

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, patches of snow still cover the ground, but inside my greenhouse, there is a flurry of spring activity - my gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, are busy repotting, transplanting, and starting vegetables from seed in preparation for the coming growing season.

Starting onions from seed isn’t difficult. They can be planted closely together in seed starting trays, and because they are shallow-rooted, they can be pulled apart easily when ready for transplanting outdoors. Many of our seed trays and supplies are from Johnny’s Selected Seeds - we've been using Johnny's for years. Over the last few weeks, our onion seeds have grown about four or five inches tall. They’ll remain in the greenhouse for a several more weeks until they’re planted in my vegetable garden. And by mid-summer, we will have lots and lots of beautiful, fat bulbs to harvest.

Enjoy these photos…

February 18, 2017

More Snow Falls Over Skylands

Skylands, my home in Maine, is covered with more than five-feet of snow.

Despite its beauty, all this snow makes the clean-up quite difficult. My Skylands crew has been very busy plowing the carriage roads, shoveling the walkways and terraces, and clearing any areas that may be subject to leaking or flooding because of the heavy accumulation - it's a tedious, time-consuming, but very necessary task.

Nonetheless, it's hard not to love a gorgeous snow-covered landscape. In between shoveling sessions yesterday, Cheryl Dulong took more beautiful winter photos. Here are some of them - enjoy.