The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


22 April 2013

Better Late than Never

Early earthing up
As well as all the other stuff going on in this garden, I did manage to plant potatoes and sow seeds.  A kind neighbour very kindly brought his tractor round and delivered a bucket full of rotted cow manure.  This was duly barrowed round and dug in by Chris who did all the donkey work (as I was on construction duties with my head down the well).  Chris also cut some peasticks from his wood so, with some warm weather, there were no excuses!

For the first time ever, I earthed up immediately after planting potatoes which was tricky and I was grateful that the rows were short as it's much easier to earth up something that can actually be seen.  My other first is the fact that, I've strayed from Arran Pilots and planted Lady Christl - which looks like a spelling mistake but isn't.  22nd April is the latest I've ever planted potatoes but I couldn't see the point in allowing them to sit in icy cold ground.  Another record late date was the fact that the 30th April was when I sowed Early Onwards, Aqua Dulce and Early Nantes. I also planted some Greyhounds, some onions and chard.  Nature has a habit of catching up - let's hope spring really has arrived and that this warm spell isn't just a flash in the pan.  Having said that, and remembering last year; dare I say?  We actually really need some rain!

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