September 23, 2020

Preparing the Vegetable Greenhouse Beds for Planting

My vegetable greenhouse is ready for the next season of indoor growing.

Now that fall has officially arrived, attention is directed toward preparing my vegetable greenhouse for planting - doing this now ensures we will have fresh delicious vegetables through the colder months. I constructed this special greenhouse so I could grow organic vegetables in the ground all year long. The structure, which is essentially a cold house, was inspired by writer, Eliot Coleman, an expert in four-season farming. This week, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew worked hard to prepare the soil and amend the beds.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

September 22, 2020

Caring for the Herbaceous Peony Garden

It’s the first day of autumn, and the season's chores are well underway here at my Bedford, New York farm.

Supporting a working farm is a lot of work. In order for it to thrive, animals and gardens need constant tender loving care. We keep a running list of all the chores that need to be done at any given time, so it always looks and functions at its best. Recently, my outdoor grounds crew cleaned up the herbaceous peony garden - removed the stakes and twine from the peony rows, weeded the footpaths, and carefully trimmed the surrounding boxwood hedges.

Enjoy these photos.

September 21, 2020

Cutting Down Two Pear Trees

Maintaining a healthy landscape sometimes means cutting down trees.

I love trees and always feel bad when trees are cut down. Trees are crucial to our environment - they provide breathable oxygen, they absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, and they help create an ecosystem of food for birds and other animals. However, occasionally trees need to be removed. Behind my gym building, near my Stewartia garden, is a grove of pear trees. Last week, I instructed my gardeners to take a couple down because they were dying. Fortunately, the trees can be repurposed as perches for my peafowl or recycled into wood chips.

Here are some photos - enjoy.