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


8 July 2013

Making hay in the sunshine

A spell of hot sunny weather could only mean one thing: time to cut the meadow grass and make hay.  This means hiring a power scythe to cut it into swathes and the massive expense of £92.00 for  a day's hire which took all of 15 minutes - GULP!  I'm still grumbling about the lack of equipment available to the average gardener when growing meadows in gardens has never been more popular!  Ordinary mowers can't cope and strimmers chew up the grass and throw it everywhere rendering it unusable.  Anyway, it's now cut and the scent is quite delicious as it's drys in the sun.  I still use the hay for the hens' nest boxes and also for making garden kneelers.  I stuff old compost bags with it and just tie the end.

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