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


3 December 2014

Danger lurking in the garden!

Unwashed and dangerous when wet.
Washed & safe
Unwashed & like black ice!

Our house is surrounded by York flag stones.  A few years back, we dropped in (mostly leftover) York stone stepping stones around the garden to save wear and tear on grass paths in autumn and winter when, leaf clearance means that trips to the compost heap with wheelbarrows are numerous.  It doesn't take many journeys in the wet for grass to turn quickly to mud.  We have found one major drawback to our stepping stones.  With the growth of algae on them, when wet: walking on them is exactly the same as walking on ice and even more hazardous.  More hazardous because it's so unexpected.  This has meant that we have been purposely avoiding the very remedy to worn grass! Despite the already sodden garden conditions, we have been forced to add to this state by using a power washer to rid the stone of algae. I figured the use of chemicals on the stone probably wouldn't do the surrounding grass much good and really couldn't come up with a better solution.  Power washing means that the stone is perfectly safe to walk on but doesn't prevent future accumulations of algae and makes the surrounding grass even more soggy.  Does any clever person out there have any thoughts on the subject or better still: remedies?
Running out of daylight!

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