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


26 August 2013

Diversion Progress

Laying out stepping stones on the other side of the tree
Cutting the turf to fit

As well as the usual maintenance, I creosoted Cordelia's trellis and also the new 8' posts.  We went over to Border Counties Reclamation for 11 more stepping stones and then ordered 9 sq mtrs of turf.  Yesterday, we lifted the ferns and levelled the soil before laying the stepping stones and then the turf.  There were only 3 roots which we were just too high to lay turf on so we left them exposed - it is after all a woodland path through the Fernery!  All this was pretty time consuming.  Laying turf round a bend wasn't the easiest task in the world and we decided to leave final edge shaping until it has taken root.  As you can see, the golden rule of laying turf is being followed: water, water again, water some more and finally, keep watering!

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