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Berry picking is in full swing at my Bedford farm. Gooseberries are one of summer’s delights. These small, tart fruits are low in calories and packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
I grow many berries at my farm -- I love sharing them with family and friends and freezing them for use all year long. My tip for freezing is to first place a layer of berries on a baking sheet and freeze them until they are solid, then transfer them into plastic bags or containers so they store more easily back in the freezer. Here are some photos of my productive gooseberry bushes -- enjoy.
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Aside from being eaten as is or used to make jams, jellies, pies, and other desserts, gooseberries have also been known to flavor beverages and to be made into fruit wines and teas.
Here at my farm, it's just about time to start harvesting those small, fragrant, and refreshingly sweet raspberries, one of the most popular berries in the United States.
I grow red, black, and golden raspberries, and the right time for picking is early summer when the fruits are vivid in color and ready to fall off their stems. Although they are best eaten raw, raspberries are used in a variety of ways -- as ingredients in jams and jellies, pies, and tarts, or juices and herbal teas.
What are you making with your berries this holiday? Please let me know in the comments. And please have a very safe and joyful Independence Day weekend.
Summer-bearing raspberry bushes produce one crop each season. The fruits typically start ripening in July with a crop that lasts about one month.
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The berries will ripen gradually throughout the season, so it's important to check the crop every few days. Overripe berries will be mushy when harvested.
The summer flowers are thriving in my cutting garden this year. As you may recall, I switched my vegetable garden with my flower cutting garden a few years ago after an infestation of mole crickets decimated the vegetable crops. Since the change, both gardens have been doing exceptionally well.
This year, I ordered a large number of flowering plants to develop the new space. One of my favorite sources is Annie’s Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, California. At Annie’s, they grow all of their plants on-site, without any harmful chemicals or unnatural sprays.
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This is a Papaver 'Sugar Plum,' with its pretty purple color and frilly, fringed semidouble lilac flower. Poppies like rich soil, sunny locations, and to be planted in the cool season, which is fall through early spring.
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During my trip to Italy last month, I was invited for dinner at the new home of yacht designer Espen Oeino and his lovely wife, Sabrina. They live just over the border of Italy on the Riviera, overlooking the Mediterranean. Espen Oeino International, a prestigious yacht-design company that specializes in naval architecture and engineering to design some of today’s most well-known large custom motor yachts, is located in Monaco but holds international acclaim with multinational employees and clients from Asia, the Far East, Russia, the U.S., and Central America. Sabrina is also a designer and owns a home-furnishings company called Sabrina Monte-Carlo, with stores in Monte Carlo, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, and Menton. She designs a lot of the furnishings for the super yachts Espen creates. And together they tailored their home using many of the design influences from those same vessels.
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Here is a look at their infinity pool. It is very long, and its shape is very similar to that of a boat. In fact, a lot of the design elements in the home are very much like those on a yacht.
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This is Sabrina's car -- what a fun vehicle to use during summer. I love the colors, especially the blue steering wheel!
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There were many quaint places to entertain and gather. Here, the animal-print cushions with the colored pillows looked very inviting.