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


17 July 2014

Greenhouse Make-Over

...and after!
We've had the greenhouse since 2005 and the brick path I laid back then had started to topple into the trench I dug (and filled with potting medium) for the tomatoes.  My private jungle of Spider Plants and Tradescaniums beneath the staging was a little out of hand and the entire wooden structure was in need of more preservative.  Enter Chris Genever!  Having already moved out the plants; in no time at all, the staging was removed, the jungle dug out, the bricks all lifted.  We did a little shopping at Lanes returning with sand, cement and a few concrete slabs and then it was cleaning the old mortar off the bricks and relaying them against slabs on edge.  No way will this path subside!  Slabs were laid where once had grown my mini jungle and the interior was treated with preservative and the glass cleaned.  Even the staging was treated prior to re-erection. Actually, I should mention a little rill which Chris sculpted in the mortar beneath the staging.  This was a brilliant idea as any excess water is now channeled into the soil around the base of grapevine whose roots grow outside the greenhouse.All in all a very pleasing result and a refurbished and preserved greenhouse that should last for years to come!

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