January 21, 2020

Organizing Basements

I hope you have my newest book, “Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines” - it’s in bookstores and online right now.

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, there are a lot of organizing projects underway - winter is a great time to get these indoor jobs done. Over the last couple of weeks, my housekeepers and I have been busy cleaning and organizing the basements in both the Tenant House and the Summer House, where I store lots of decorations, files, baskets, home supplies, and other items. For this clean-up, the shelves were emptied and wiped-down, old pieces were discarded or set aside for future sale, like-items were grouped together, and finally, everything was placed in appropriately labeled containers where they could be found easily and quickly. It's a tedious chore, but it’s always rewarding to see the end result.

Enjoy these photos. In my next blog, I’ll share more tips and some of the images from my new book.

January 18, 2020

Pruning Apple Trees

It’s time to prune the apple trees!

If you grow these wonderful fruit trees, the best time to prune them is now - in winter - or in very early spring before any new growth begins. Pruning not only helps to develop proper shape and form, but also encourages new growth, promotes high fruit yield, and maintains good tree health. At my Bedford, New York farm, I have many, many apple trees that are pruned twice every year. My arborists at SavATree visit each winter specifically to prune the larger fruit trees, while my outdoor grounds crew helps to tackle the smaller ones. And, every summer we see the wonderful fruits of all their labor.

Enjoy these photos.

January 17, 2020

Pruning Osage Orange Trees

Many pruning chores are underway at my Bedford, New York farm.

Here in the Northeast, the winter weather has been pretty mild - daytime temperatures have been in the 50s, and in some places even 60s. My outdoor grounds crew has been taking advantage of the warmer conditions and crossing off lots of tasks from our list, including blowing late-season leaves, picking up piles of branches in the woodlands in preparation for chipping, and pruning the long row of Osage orange trees along the fence of one of my horse paddocks. The Osage orange, Macular pomifera, is actually not an orange at all and is more commonly known as a hedge apple, bow wood, or bodark. The fruit is wrinkly and bumpy in appearance, and considered inedible because of the texture and taste, but they're very interesting and fun to grow. 

Here are some photos, enjoy.