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


28 February 2013

Rescued from the scrap heap!

A perfect way to recycle an old galvanised tank!

A few weeks ago, Chris Pugh very kindly gave me a lovely old square galvanised tank.He told me that if I didn't want it, he would scrap it..  Quelle horreur! Today, he carried into the greenhouse to replace the circular plastic water butt.  Being square the fit in the corner is really snug. The big advantage is having a much lower with a far greater surface area for the easier dipping and filling of watering cans.  It has a working tap but I think a washer needs replacing.  In the meantime a champagne cork one end and a wine cork the other are stopping the drips for now.  I shall need to ask Dave to raise the height of the light switch and sockets and then it will fit very snugly in the corner.  Why does some old galvanised metal look SO much nicer than modern plastic?

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