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Honeybees, Winter Preparations & Entertaining Friends: The Latest from Martha's Blog

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Ferns are such graceful plants and so easy to maintain. Most varieties grow well in shady areas with damp, fertile soil.

Transplanting Ferns at My Farm

If you’re thinking of transplanting any of your ferns, now is a great time to do it.

 

Recently, I decided to redo my fern garden outside the Tenant House. Ferns are very hardy plants. I chose to relocate some of the ferns in this collection to my home in East Hampton, New York, but most of the specimens would be moved down to my Maple Woodland.

 

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Here, you can see the pink gravel all ready for pickup at the front of Skylands. The center island is made up of mostly fern species -- the foliage looks so beautiful when the driveway is covered in pink.

Picking Up the Roads at Skylands

Autumn in Maine signals a lot of maintenance work at my home Skylands.

 

Because winters can be rather harsh in the Northeast, I pay very close attention to the preparations made before the season’s arrival. This includes the meticulous care of the landscape and my many carriage roads that meander through the woods. 

 

To learn more about my home Skylands, see the July 2015 issue of Architectural Digest, and my website marthastewart.com.

 

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The empty cells are filled with honey, which is made from flower nectar. After the bees make and fill the comb cells with honey, the cells are capped with a layer of wax for an airtight seal, which preserves the honey.

A Fall Update on My Honeybees

As many of you know, I have been raising honeybees for many years. Pollen is the bees' source of protein, and it is essential for feeding the queen and the larvae in their hives. Some of the pollen drops from the bee as it flies from flower to flower -- this is when plant pollination occurs. Honeybees pollinate at least 80 percent of our flowering crops, which is one-third of everything we eat. 

 

This week, D.J. Haverkamp, of Bedford Bee Honeybee Service, came by to check on my hives. He and my longtime driver, Carlos, inspected each one and were so pleased with what they saw.

 

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Several years ago, I constructed this special greenhouse inspired by writer Eliot Coleman, an expert in four-season farming. It is located behind my equipment barn at my Bedford farm.

Planting in My Vegetable Greenhouse 

As the temperatures dip here in the Northeast and outdoor garden beds are cleared and cleaned at my farm, attention is directed to my indoor vegetable greenhouse, a structure that uses minimal artificial heat, where many hardy cold crops, such as root vegetables and brassicas, can be grown and harvested through the winter months.

 

Recently, my gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, planted the seeds for this year’s growing period -- take a look at some of our choices.

 

Some of the seeds were from Sow True SeedIrish Eyes Garden SeedsKitazawa Seed CompanyNatural Gardening CompanyJohnny’s Selected Seeds and John Scheepers.

 

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Inside my home, my dining room table was set in silver and shades of green. My longtime housekeeper, Laura Acuna, sets the most gorgeous tables -- every one of them different and inviting.

A Day with Sarah Raven and Adam Nicolson

Yesterday, I hosted a lovely lunch at my farm for a small group of visitors. Sarah Raven is an English gardener, writer, teacher, and television personality. Her husband is garden designer Vita Sackville-West's grandson, Adam Nicolson. He is also a British author.

 

Sarah and Adam were vacationing in the United States from England and stopped by for a brief visit to my home in Bedford, New York. Also joining me for the day were my garden and features editor, Melissa Ozawa, and photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo.

 

After a tour of my gardens, we sat down for lunch made by my friend Chef Pierre Schaedelin of PS Tailored Events

 

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Here I am with my handsome Bartok -- everyone loved meeting him.

A Dinner with PetSmart at My Farm

A perfect autumn evening for dinner with our friends from PetSmart.

 

As you know, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has a strong relationship with PetSmart, Inc., the largest specialty retailer of services and solutions for pets. My collections include a wide range of pet apparel, collars, leashes, bedding, grooming supplies, toys, and other fun accessories for our furred friends. 

 

And it's no secret I love my pets. This week, I hosted a lovely dinner for a group of guests who share my love and passion for pets -- our petkeeping group and our friends from PetSmart. It was a wonderful day for this very fun gathering.

 

And if you still need a Halloween costume for your dog or cat, visit the Martha Stewart Pets collection at PetSmart.

 

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