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    Warming Up

    BY:Dr. Brent

    This has been a brutal winter at Beekman Farm, and even if we had the thermostat set to 90 and every fireplace in the house roaring, I don’t think we could have fully combated the bone chilling temperatures outside. Fortunately, we know a few tricks (other than hot chocolate and whiskey) that can help keep […]

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    Meet The Official Beekman Heirloom Gardeners!

    BY:Josh and Brent

    As our “World’s Largest Community Garden” partnership with Williams-Sonoma gets underway, we asked gardeners from around the country to submit their qualifications to become an “Official Beekman Heirloom Gardener.” We wanted to enlist one gardener from each growing zone to help more novice gardeners with questions they ask in our garden forums. We were swamped […]

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    Bloomin’ Memories

    BY:Josh and Brent

    The guiding principle of Beekman 1802 is “a shared experience in seasonal living”.  One of the reasons we partnered with Williams-Sonoma to create the world’s largest “community” garden was to inspire new gardeners and get those experienced with dirty hands to share their accumulated wisdom. Throughout the season-long project (click here to learn more) we’re […]

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    A Walk to Remember

    BY:Dr. Brent

    I grew up in a fairly conservative environment where Christian messaging was as common and seamlessly a part of this American life as the cadre of celebrity self-help gurus are today.   (Along with the Boy Scouts, Vacation Bible School, the Super Friends cartoon hour on ABC Saturday morning, and a couple of schoolyard brawls, I […]

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    It’s a Sign

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Someone recently gifted us with one of The Foxfire Books (click here to get your own copy).  Having always appreciated the folksy wisdom and earnestness of the Farmer’s Almanac, we were smitten with this new addition to our library. One of the chapters in the book covered “Planting by the Signs”, and for those gardeners […]

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    Blood Boiling

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexuality. According to the Greek poet Hesiod, she was born when Cronus cut off Ouranos’ genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the aphros (sea foam) arose Aphrodite.  This was long before science had invented in vitro fertilization, so you can’t  really blame them […]

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    How does our garden grow?

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Q. I’m trying to avoid pressure treated wood, but cedar is so expensive. What kind of lumber did you use? A. Yes, please avoid pressure treated wood, which contains toxic chemicals that leach into the soil, and your plants. We used rough-hewn, 2-inch-thick, local hemlock from a nearby lumber mill. We know we’ll have to […]

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    Raised Bed Covers

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Because we have such a short growing season at Beekman 1802, we have to give our seedlings every chance possible. Watch the slide show below to see how we construct our protective hoop coverings that save our plants from cold and pests. Materials: recycled 3/4 in pvc pipe 3/4 inch fabric clamps Floating Row Cover […]

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    A Homemade Dibble

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

      One of our B. 1802 craftsmen has created a slightly more manageable dibble than will make any home gardener’s work easier.  Check it out in the Mercantile by clicking here In case you haven’t noticed, we’re sometimes a sort of perfectionists. Usually perfectionism creates more work. But sometimes we find a serendipitous approach, or […]

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    Easy Durable Raised Bed Trellising

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Many of our favorite vegetables in the Beekman Heirloom Vegetable Garden require some sort of trellising – tomatoes, beans, peas, melons, cucumbers. When we put in our raised garden two years ago, we were determined to devise a trellising system that was easy to assemble, and would last for years. We were sick of weaving […]

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