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