September 18, 2021

Planting Maple and Tulip Trees

My Bedford, New York farm continues to transform with the planting of many beautiful and interesting trees.

Every year I try to add a few trees in my Japanese Maple Woodland. I love this area of the farm and am always thinking about what plants and trees would look best. There are hundreds of Japanese maples planted here already and because they prefer sun-dappled, part shade, I purposely planted them beneath older, larger trees - the varying heights add a nice texture to the grove. This week, my outdoor grounds crew planted another collection of these taller varieties such as maples and tulip trees, which will one day grow up to more than 120-feet tall.

Enjoy these photos, and please see my story on my Japanese Maple Woodland in the October issue of our magazine, "Living."


September 17, 2021

Planting Grass Seed

Now is a good time to take care of some of those lawn maintenance chores.

Yesterday, my outdoor grounds crew foreman, Chhiring Sherpa, took on the task of seeding a small area adjacent to my allee of Lindens. The space is already planted with a variety of spring blooming daffodils, but the area also needed some green grass. Chhiring cleared the space of any debris, raked the soil, dropped the grass seed and organic fertilizer, and then gave it a good drink.

Here are some photos, enjoy.


September 16, 2021

Fruits at the Farm

I have so many delicious fruits growing here at my Bedford, New York farm.

Fresh fruit is one of nature's most delicious products. In midsummer, we pick boxes and boxes of raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, and currants. In late August, we pick delicious peaches and apricots fresh off my trees. This week, we harvested some juicy Asian pears. And soon, all the apples will be ready. Here at Cantitoe Corners, I have an orchard around my pool filled with a variety of more than 200 different fruit trees. I also have fruits growing on espaliers and in groves - on trees I've planted and on trees that are original to the farm. I also grow tropical fruits in my greenhouses. I can't wait to harvest the next bounty of sweet and organic fruits.

Enjoy these photos.