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


20 December 2014

Chicken Confusion

The cause of all the confusion was moving this bamboo from in front of the House for Hens to alongside and to its right!  A distance of less than 2 metres. Who could have predicted that such a minor move would mean that for 3 nights 4 out of 5 chickens couldn't find their way in to roost?  I did of course place them inside myself for those nights.  All is now well again and they have been enjoying scratching around in their new woodchip.  They also had a day of added freedom as they had the run of the entire garden and went out on slug patrol.  I don't think it's such a bad idea to do that once a month.  After all, it only takes a few minutes to whiz round with the blower and tidy up after them.

Before the Bamboo move...
.. and afterwards.

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