November 16, 2019

Storing Dahlia Tubers for Winter

Our dahlia digging and storing project continues at the farm.

Dahlias are frost-tender tuberous plants that can overwinter outdoors where the weather is mild. However, here in the Northeast, severe winter conditions will cause them to split and rot, so they must be pulled from the ground and stored away every fall. Several days ago, my gardeners uprooted all the dahlia tubers, rinsed them and set them inside the temperature and humidity-controlled greenhouse where they could cure. Now, they are ready for storing.

Enjoy these photos and tips.

November 15, 2019

Digging up Dahlia Tubers for Storage

If you live anywhere but the warmest regions of the United States, it’s time to dig up and store those precious dahlia tubers.

When in bloom, dahlias provide some of the garden's biggest and most spectacular flowers in many different sizes, forms, and colors. This year, my dahlias were especially productive - I made dozens of arrangements for my home. However, native to Mexico, dahlias are not winter-hardy and tend to split in freezing temperatures or mold in soggy, wet soil. This week at my Bedford, New York farm, my gardeners dug up all the dahlia tubers, so they could be stored indoors for the cold season.

Here is our step-by-step process. Enjoy these photos.

November 14, 2019

Improving the Soil in the Garden

If you’re a passionate and serious gardener like I am, you know that soil is one of the most important factors in creating a healthy and productive garden.

Good soil provides plants with access to nutrients, water, and air. It stabilizes plant roots and helps the plants maintain a natural resistance to pests and diseases. Every year at my farm, we spend a good amount of time preparing the soil in the gardens for planting. This includes removing debris and old root systems, tilling the earth to break up large clods, and adding rich nutrients and compost. Not long ago, we worked on a new bed located in one corner of my lower hayfield. It’s a tedious process, but well worth the effort for the next gardening season.

Enjoy these photos.