August 2, 2021

Picking the Season's Garlic

We have lots of freshly picked garlic here at my Bedford, New York farm!

Determining when garlic is ready to harvest can be tricky. If it’s harvested too soon, the cloves are small and underdeveloped. If harvested too late, the clove heads begin to separate, making them more vulnerable to decay. The real indicator is the plant itself - when the bottom leaves have turned brown, and the top leaves are still green. Not long ago, my gardeners, Ryan McCallister and Brian O'Kelly, harvested our entire crop of garlic. All our varieties came from Keene Garlic, a family owned farm in Wisconsin.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

July 31, 2021

Another Big Harvest from My Garden

Here in the Northeast, temperatures are a bit milder this week after a string of hot, hazy humid days.

Despite some uncomfortable summer weather, the vegetables at my Bedford, New York farm are thriving. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, picked another large bounty including eggplants, cucumbers, artichokes, peppers and so much more. I am so happy with this year’s prolific crops.

Enjoy these photos.

July 30, 2021

Mulching My Pinetum

There's always so much to do to maintain the beauty of all the gardens at my Bedford, New York farm.

As many of you know, I am a serious and passionate gardener, and over the years have designed many gardens around my home. One area that is constantly evolving is my pinetum - an arboretum of pine trees and other conifers I developed about 12-years ago in a field behind my Equipment Barn. This collection has grown extremely well, and I continue to plant additional specimens every year. This week, my outdoor grounds crew covered the area with mulch. Doing this better regulates the soil temperature - keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down, and helps prevent the growth of weeds. Mulched areas also don’t need regular watering or mowing like lawns do. Fortunately, we are able to make lots of mulch, and compost, right here at my farm.

Enjoy these photos.