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The Farm Blog

Buy a Beautiful Wreath or Tree by December 4 & We'll Donate $5 to Harwinton's Hometown Holidays

Tamara Barry

A story in today's Waterbury Republican says the town of Harwinton is about $1,000 shy of paying for its Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration that attracts visitors from all over the Northwest Corner. Bob and I love our new town and Christmas in the Litchfield Hills and we want to help. You can, too!

Barry Farms will donate $5 for every pre-cut tree  ($45.95) or wreath ($39.95) purchased from us on or before Wednesday, December 4!

Pre-pay online and bring the receipt to the December 6 Holiday Celebration and pick out your wreath, or come to our farm with the receipt anytime after Friday, November 28 (9 a.m. to dusk) to pick out any wreath on the farm.

Prepaying is not necessary; you can also just stop by our farm on or before the December 4th deadline and your purchase of a $39.95 wreath will make a $5 donation to the celebration.

In any event, check out the hay rides, the fireworks and all the festivities at Harwinton's Hometown Holiday celebration on Saturday, December 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Sports Complex off of Route 118.

Hope to see you during there!

The link to prepay is here.

A Garden is Born

Tamara Barry

Before garden, there was dirt.                        

April 6, 2014. Pull back the top soil. Add mulchy-compost cooked over the years from Bob's landscaping activities: fall and spring cleanups. It all gets recycled!

April 6, 2014. Pull back the top soil. Add mulchy-compost cooked over the years from Bob's landscaping activities: fall and spring cleanups. It all gets recycled!


July 3, 2014. Added labor and love.

July 3, 2014. Added labor and love.

Fountains - We do those, too.

Tamara Barry

Last fall's wedding gift from our good friends Joe Watson and Frank Trevino and Mark Johnannes and Amy Danis, finally gets installed in our patio garden. We love you guys and thank you!! Bob and his always "employee-of-the-month" Rob Breakell make it look like child's play. But, installing a 2-ton stone fountain is best left to the experts at Barry Farms. Call for a quote on your dream fountain--860-567-0649.

2014 Crop

Tamara Barry

We picked up our 2014 transplants at the New Hampshire State Nursery this weekend. Took a leisurely drive up to Boscawen, on a back-road route familiar to Bob from his tours with our dear friend who passed away last year, Bob Franculli. We miss him so much. As we wind through some of these dilapidated tourist towns, Bob points out all the places that the two of them used to stop for shopping, eating and, yes, a beer or two. RIP Franculli.

We've come back with Canaan, Concolor, Fraser and Balsam this year, all about 12" high, even though they are two-year olds. We noticed that a lot of the Concolors we planted last year did not survive, so we'll try a drier location for them--they can be tricky to grow, but the payoff at maturity (if you can get them that far) is that they are simply gorgeous!

Great color! And the buds ... so cute!

Great color! And the buds ... so cute!

We've got to get them all in the ground within a few days or else the bareroots will start to wither and die.

The weather has fully cooperated!

Bob digs the holes, and he and I both plant. My back is aching, but it's a good ache, if you know what I mean.

The white blob in the background is Little Dog taking a little snooze. (Wish we could!)

The white blob in the background is Little Dog taking a little snooze. (Wish we could!)


Attack of the killer deer

Tamara Barry

Pests, fungus, mold, drought, late frosts, heavy rains--these are all tree farmers' nemeses--but, among the many disasters that might befall our saplings before they reach marketable age, the most dreaded, by my husband's calculus, is a nighttime deer attack. That is because one or two hungry deer can wipe out our entire baby grove while we sleep. 

Bambi's not so cute when he's eating YOUR vegetation.

That's why we (I should say "he"--Bob is the one that handles this nasty job) spray with deer repellent all around the perimeter and also on the saplings themselves as frequently as possible. It's nasty because the ingredients, though natural (and environmentally safe), include such olfactory delights as capsicum peppers (the main ingredient in mace), garlic and rotted eggs. Lovely. Deer hate it and over time we've seen fewer and fewer deer wandering among our trees. 

If this doesn't keep them off the trees, we do have a back up plan:

L.D., the deer slayer.

L.D., the deer slayer.

Winter Angst

Tamara Barry

It's official. Farmers and landscapers and gardeners throughout Litchfield County will be grumpy from now until August. Winter has overstayed its welcome. This is not Maine, after all. It's planting time for some, spring cleanup for others. But the ground is so buried and so frigid, the 8" snow pack might as well be glacier.

So what do you do? Complain, worry, stress.

How many of these Christmas tree tops will hold a star or an angel by 2020 or 2021?

How many of these Christmas tree tops will hold a star or an angel by 2020 or 2021?