The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


25 August 2010

Harvest Time at PTC

At long long last and despite prolonged drought conditions, fruit and veg are cropping well.  We have bumper crops of plums, damsons, pears and apples in the orchard.  Replacing the vegetable patch soil with new premium top soil has really paid off.  All that hard and desperately disheartening slog in the frost and snow in heavy and clinging clay has really paid dividends - thank goodness!  We are enjoying juicy fresh beetroots, carrots, cabbages, runner beans like never before. the Jerusalem artichokes are really tall and the sweet corn have cobs (despite being put out a little later than ideal) The chickens have only just discovered the beetroot leaves and are shooed off in no uncertain terms!  Tomatoes are now cropping well in the greenhouse and a late cucumber has just started.

After the recent rainy spell, the grass has greened up and lost its brown and parched appearance.  With weather warnings of further and prolonged heavy rain predicted, we hope that the chickens will learn to shelter and not remain in the open looking very wet and bedraggled.

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