October 18, 2021

Late-Season Perennials Still Blooming in the Gardens

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, we're still enjoying pretty colorful blooms.

While the calendar says fall, the weather in this area has remained quite warm with temperatures in the mid to high 70s. Most of the flowers around the farm have gone, but there are still a few perennials showing off their late-summer color - Russian sage, Japanese anemones, nasturtiums, Montauk daisies, ageratum, monkshood, and of course, the autumn crocus.

Enjoy these photos.

October 16, 2021

Pruning the Blueberry Bushes

Pruning chores continue at my Bedford, New York farm.

I love growing berries and have been growing them for many years. I grow raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, currants, and of course, blueberries - those plump, juicy, sweet fruits that are low in fat, yet packed with vitamin-C and antioxidants. My blueberry bushes produce an abundance of fruit every summer, but they do need some maintenance to keep them productive. This week, my gardeners, Ryan McCallister and Brian O'Kelly, pruned all the blueberry bushes. Pruning produces larger berries in greater volumes, ensures good air circulation and light throughout the plants, and helps to control diseases that might otherwise spread through the patch.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

October 15, 2021

Chicks Arrive at the Farm

It’s always so exciting when chicks arrive at the farm - I hope you saw the video on my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48.

I’ve been raising chickens for many years. Not only do I love keeping them for their fresh, delicious eggs, but I also enjoy learning about the different breeds and varieties. As part of good animal husbandry practices, and in order to maintain strong egg laying production, it’s very important to regenerate the chicken population from time to time. Yesterday, 54 cute, fluffy, and very healthy chicks arrived from Murray McMurray Hatchery, a 104 year old company in Webster City, Iowa. I got Whiting True Blue, Whiting True Green, French Black Copper Marans, and Silver Laced Wyandottes. The chicks are just days old, but they will start laying eggs in about five or six months. For now, they’re nothing less than absolutely adorable.

Enjoy these photos.