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


31 March 2012

A New Soakaway

This week saw the new 'linear' soakaway dug.  It means that rain water from the garage roof no longer flows into the septic tank.  Following detailed instructions, a trench 2 spits deep was dug (avoiding cables) and perforated land drain laid.  Rubble was laid down the sides with gravel on top followed by a sheet of plastic (to ensure soil doesn't block all the perforations).  After topping up with soil, Chris re-laid the turf.  Result: near perfection.  Not exactly creative gardening but, nevertheless a necessity. Now, all we need is rain - as we have done so for months and months!

Spot the soakaway!

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