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


1 February 2013

Beating the mud

All this desperately wet weather has meant a very worn and muddy area in front of the gate to the Hen Pen  and also to their pole house.  Time for action.  Having thought we could reduce the soil level in the hen pen and cover with a deeper layer of wood chop, Chris came up with a much better idea!  Stepping stones from the gate to the house for hens from concrete slabs reclaimed from the back of the garage. Neither of us are lovers of concrete slabs but we figured that they're good enough for chickens.  The girls of course, relished all this activity and made nuisances of themselves rushing in for worms every time the soil or wood chip was disturbed.  Outside the gate, we did steal 3 York flag stones to replace the muddy worn patch outside the Henclosure.  If only we could have just a few days without rain!

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