Who doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous flowers all summer long? But a gal's got to eat. So it's not surprising that the first garden Martha set to work on when she bought her Bedford home, Cantitoe Corners, in 2001, was her vegetable garden. The garden, next to the greenhouse and just a quick stroll from the house, has come into its glory. Of course, the bounty, which ranges from early peas to fall's Brussels sprouts, didn't come without effort. The soil has been amended with compost and minerals, and the garden has been enclosed with a 7-foot-tall fence -- because Martha isn't the only local who appreciates a tender lettuce leaf.
Been thinking about composting? It can make or break your garden. Compost is decomposed organic matter that helps soil hold water, controls erosion, protects plants against disease, lures soil-enriching earthworms, and ferries minerals from the subsoil. Here, we break down the seven-step process on how to get started from the "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook."
Houseplants do not travel well. Temperature and light fluctuations, not to mention the jostling, are intolerable to most of them. That being said, here are five tips taken from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" to ensure that your leafy housemates arrive at their new home safe and sound.