January 21, 2017

Caring for Seedlings in My Greenhouse

The seeds we've been planting in my greenhouse are growing so nicely. My gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, plant seeds into flats every week from now through March, when the weather is warm enough to garden outdoors. For now, they are being nurtured indoors where temperature, humidity and light can be properly controlled.

Starting from seed is not difficult, but it does require careful attention and patience. During these early stages of growth, they also need regular maintenance - thinning out those that are weak, pricking out those that are growing too big for their seed starting trays, and transplanting them into larger pots and flats.

Here are some photos of how we care for our young sprouts - enjoy.

January 20, 2017

Using Our Urban Cultivators

As many of you know, I am a very passionate gardener and love to grow lots and lots of vegetables. I enjoy them in my daily green juice, and always share them with my daughter and grandchildren.

During the winter months, I am very fortunate to have my own indoor vegetable greenhouse, where I can continue to grow delicious and organic produce. I also have three Urban Cultivator units that allow me to sprout greens in appliance-sized devices right inside my main greenhouse. Urban Cultivator is a hydroponics company in Canada that creates these amazing indoor gardening machines. There's no need to use any pesticides or chemicals of any kind, so we know we're nurturing the highest quality plants. It's exciting to have all our favorite herbs and vegetables all year long.

My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, recently seeded some trays - enjoy these photos.

January 19, 2017

Building a Fence for My Courtyard

So many of you ask about my pets - my dogs, cats, canaries, horses, donkeys, chickens, and the peafowl. I love giving you updates on all of them. My youngest dogs, Bete Noire and Creme Brûlée, are thriving here at the farm. These two one-year old female French Bulldogs are extremely exuberant, and love to get into everything.

Recently, I decided it was time to build a more suitable fence for all my dogs - one that enclosed a courtyard space behind my Winter House, where they could relax and play when not out with me or on long walks around the property. I wanted the fence to be durable, and to coordinate well with my home. I discussed plans with my carpenter, John Kowalczyk, owner of JK Home Remodeling in Stamford, Connecticut, and he started work on it right away.

Here are some photos of the building process. Enjoy.