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


11 January 2015

Win Win with Homemade Compost

At long last - back to some border work!  The recent gales and high winds have at least had a much needed drying effect on the soil and conditions were really quite reasonable.  We cut back all the dead Sedums, Peonies, Lychnis and Geraniums and eradicated what few weeds there were before top dressing with a super high quality home made compost!  Its texture was light crumbly and sweet smelling - perfect!  I know Monty Don makes heavy weather of compost making but I can promise you that ours is the result of composting grass clippings, vegetable and soft garden waste along with newspapers and chicken droppings.  It is certainly NOT turned every 5 minutes as Monty recommends - we have far better things to do!  It is turned once from one bay to another and then left for a year.  It makes a really good quality mulch and potting medium which not only feeds the plants and improves soil quality but suppresses weed growth ...
                                                                                          .............................what's not to like??        

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