December 15, 2018

The Boxwood Allee is Covered in Burlap for the Winter

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the outdoor grounds crew is busy "burlapping".

As many of you know, I am a big supporter of covering my boxwood with burlap for the winter. The burlap insulates the plantings and protects the tender branches from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow. It’s a practice I've followed for many years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. There are several main areas that are covered, but the biggest "burlapping" project is down by the stable, at my long Boxwood Allee. The outdoor grounds crew tackled this first.

Enjoy these photos.

December 14, 2018

Visiting Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

If you're ever in the New York City area, please plan a visit to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, about 45-minutes outside Manhattan - it is one of my favorite places.

Stone Barns Center is a four-season farm and educational facility whose mission is to celebrate year-round farm-to-table agriculture and to promote the connection between farming and eating. Stone Barns is open to the public all year long, so visitors can learn about the innovative gardening and farming techniques they practice. Recently, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, attended a wonderful lecture and seminar hosted by organic farming expert, Eliot Coleman. It was part of the Center’s Young Farmers Conference that's held every year to provide guidance and support to those who want to engage with industry masters committed to a more just and sustainable food system. It was a great opportunity to learn from such inspiring leaders, and to tour the Center's beautiful grounds. 

Here are some photos - enjoy.

December 13, 2018

Moving the Currant Bushes at My Farm

Autumn chores continue around my Bedford, New York farm. If you’re thinking of moving any bushes or shrubs, late fall to early spring is the best time - when the plants are dormant.

Not long ago, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, and I decided to make a few changes to the bed in front of my main greenhouse. The area was planted with a number currant bushes - black, white, pink and red. I wanted to move them to a different area and create another colorful and vibrant cutting garden in its place. This project took several days - the outdoor grounds crew worked hard to prepare the beds, rototill the soil and then carefully transplant each and every currant bush.

Here are some photos - enjoy.