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


23 February 2011

Gardening Mauritius Style

Some of the gardeners from PTC sneaked off for a week's sunshine and checked out how they grow fruit and veg in Mauritius!  Well!  They grow such a variety  of both all over the island.  Aubergines are widely grown.  Pineapples, bananas (of course) papayas, guavas, mangoes (slurp!) sweet peppers, chillie peppers, sugar cane, coconuts (galore!) onions (very popular) salad veg  of every kind, tomatoes etc etc.  The soil is volcanic, deep, dark and fertile.  The humidity is high and the temperature is consistently hot so many crops in a single season.  Mauritians are very hard working and little land is wasted.  Their mountains ensure decent rainfall.  All the many plots we saw were very well tended and there was no sign of any chickens vandalising precious crops!  In fact this hen and her chicks on a roadside were the only ones we saw.

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