October 6, 2015

My Friesians, and A Head-Start on Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching…

It’s no secret Halloween is among my favorite of holidays. I just love decorating my home with all the ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and other bone-chilling props I’ve collected over the years - plus, all the wonderful pumpkins and gourds that grow in my garden each autumn season.

This year, get a head-start on preparations and check out the Martha Stewart Pets collection, exclusively at PetSmart, for some great Halloween tees to get your pets ready for the festivities. The Martha Stewart Living line at Home Decorators Collection has all the hair-raising items you need for a frightfully fun night of tricks and treats. And, for costume ideas, pumpkin-carving instructions, and lots of photos of me in my most amazing Halloween makeovers, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the "Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue" - it's on newsstands now!

But first, here are some photos taken of my beautiful Friesians by photographer, Jill Greenberg. Enjoy…

October 5, 2015

Harvesting Almonds at My Farm

My almond trees have been very productive this season.

Last week, as we prepared for the heavy rains in the Northeast, everyone at my farm was busy - storing outdoor furniture and tropical plants, checking catch basins and storm drains, and making sure gutters were cleaned and ready for any downpours. We also harvested the remaining fruits and vegetables that could be damaged by heavy rains and winds - this included the almonds that had started falling from the trees.

In previous years, my trees only produced small amounts of almonds, but this year, they were extremely productive. Hundreds of grayish-green drupes hung from the tree branches or scattered on the ground below. It was very exciting. Take a look at our photos…

October 3, 2015

Moving My Citrus Collection Indoors

As many of you know, I have quite a large collection of warm weather plants at my farm, including citrus trees and a vast array of other tropical specimens. Because I live in a four-season region, during colder months, it’s vital these plants move indoors, where the temperature and humidity levels can be controlled. Fortunately, I am able to keep them in high-grade greenhouses, where they can continue to thrive all year long.

This week, the forecast called for drenching rains and high winds - remnants of a hurricane. Thanks to a very strong outdoor grounds crew, the proper equipment, and some fast footwork, we moved the plants to safety before the brunt of the storms. Here are some of photos…