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


12 April 2011

Spring sowing and planting

After all these breaking pictures, it's time to speak of spring planting and whilst we had the unseasonal hot weather and exactly 366 days since I last did it; potatoes, onions, broad beans, artichokes and cabbage plants have all been planted out.  I think I've got my spacing wrong - as usual.  Chris always says I plant my potatoes too far apart but I like to leave room for earthing up.  His approach is a little more agricultural than mine and he earths up at the time of planting.  Needless to say, as the apple trees are coming into bloom, so the weather has turned cold and blustery again.  

The raspberry patch has new canes this year and it looks as if a couple have failed so I'm glad there are a few spares in the corner. Saturday saw the top lawn border weeded and top dressed with compost.  It was a pain digging out all the Bryony but - better out than in!

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