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


4 December 2011

Before & After the Aspen Project

Due to an oversight last Thursday (!) Chris was able to come and help with the Aspens.  Having already cleared the border of the ill spaced old relics, we reshaped and enlarged it.  Instead of the boring straight line parallel with the hedge; we introduced sweeping curves, removed the turf and dug it over.  We then spaced out the Aspens and underplanted them with the red Dogwoods (Cornus Sanguinea) salvaged from the top orchard border.  In order to keep the weeds down, we rang Tom and order another load of wood chip.  50 wheelbarrows later, it was all in place and raked level.  The chickens had a top up too.  What's needed now are some woodland plants!  Now, let me see - what do we fancy?  How about some wild garlic, wood anemones, bluebells and celandines???

Tom's wood chip

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