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


3 March 2013

No Chris Saturday!

Trains, Drains and Lanes

Potting bench gets a make-over
One Chris was sorting out a friend's drains, the other Chris was exploring the lanes of Suffolk and Chief Blogger was on a train en route home from London - all highly unusual activities for a Saturday!  Anyway, thanks to the nice man at Euston, we were allowed to catch an earlier train so at least I had the afternoon in the garden and the sun was shining and it was wonderfully mild and dry.  With birdsong for company, I set about tidying the Slate Henge Border and clearing the weeds.  There were quite a few nettles and creeping buttercup but, at last, the soil was dry enough for this job.  It really did look much better especially after edging.  We topped all the lawns and orchard on Thursday so things are beginning to look a little tidier.

There has been a certain difference of opinion over Dahlias!  Chris G was pretty convinced that frost was the cause of some mushy tubers.  I didn't see how this could have been the case as, I potted up all the others and they were all perfectly firm and healthy - as was the ginger.

Over time, the sections of wood on my little potting bench had shrunk leaving big gaps through which the potting medium kept falling. So annoying and very messy!  After a hunt round, Al came up with some ply exactly the right size and I found some bits for the sides.  Hey presto, an hour later a newly modified potting bench with sides - courtesy of Al!!  Perfect!

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