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.
Whether you're a frequent entertainer or a holidays-only host, chances are you've got something to learn from this self-proclaimed "maniacal perfectionist." This wisdom from Martha herself is sure to enliven your next party -- and your life beyond it too.