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


31 October 2014

Leaf mould ingredients

Fallen fig leaves
Yet more fig leaves!

The fig is dropping its very large leaves quite fast now and, along with all the other leaves, are finding their way to the compost heap for future use.  Funny how some leaves go such beautiful colours and other such as the pear leaves just go from green to dark brown!  All these will be blown onto the grass then 'hoovered' up with the mower as the chopping not only assists the composting process but more importantly, makes collection so much easier I know Monty D. bangs on about compost and stirring it all the time.  We are not in that much of a hurry and in any case, there's more to life than stirring compost heaps!  Having said that; Chris has been known to turn it over into the other bay - when it's been emptied but we don't ever do more than that.  Incidentally, we do make very fine compost!

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