First Harvests, Hedge Pruning, "Pixels," and More: The Latest from Martha's Blog
Pruning the Hornbeam Hedges
The big task of pruning the hornbeam hedges is in full swing at my farm. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast-growing deciduous tree -- it can grow about four to five feet per year. I like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance.
Along the way, Chhewang assessed the work he had done to decide whether adjustments were needed.
Picking Blueberries at the Farm
Plump, juicy, and sweet, with vibrant colors from red to the deepest purple-black, blueberries are one of nature’s finest treasures. And, here at my farm, the blueberry bushes are covered with delicious fruits.
Our intern, Nicole, had a very good time picking blueberries, which is great because there are a lot more blueberries to pick!
What's Growing in My Vegetable Gardens
So far, this summer’s weather has been quite pleasant, and we’ve had a fair amount of rain, which means the gardens at my farm are looking good and growing well -- in particular, the vegetable gardens, which are located down by the chicken coops. I check up on the vegetable gardens whenever I can -- it’s always so exciting to see what is popping up and growing.
Here's one of our first zucchinis of the season.
Harvesting Garlic at My Farm
It was the perfect time to harvest my hardneck garlic! Determining when garlic is ready to harvest can be tricky. If it’s harvested too soon, the cloves are small and underdeveloped. Harvested too late, and the clove heads begin to separate, making them more vulnerable to decay.
Usually, garlic is ready for harvesting in late July, but the real indicator is the plant itself -- when the bottom leaves have turned brown, and the top leaves are still green.
My family, friends, and I will enjoy a lot of delicious and healthy garlic this season. Garlic is known to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of coronary artery disease and is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins B6 and C.
The New "Pixels" Movie
Here I am discussing camera angles with Heather and Chris.
Here I am with Chris and Serena. Serena and I were in the cameo together. Everyone felt at home on set -- it was as if we had all worked together many times.
Adam and I posed for another photo. Adam starred in the movie and was also one of its producers along with Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.