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


26 February 2015

Less of a Meadow - More of an Orchard!

After Saturday's planting, I can now claim that we have an orchard of our own!!  I have hesitated to say that because we are surround by vast acreages of serious orchards.  Wikipedia's & Google's definition of an orchard is:

1 tree with 3 grafted varieties: Cox's Orange Pippin, Sunset & Herefordshire Russet
Orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Orchards comprise fruit, vegetable, and nut-producing trees which are grown for commercial production. Orchards are also sometimes a feature of large gardens, where they serve an aesthetic as well as a productive purpose.[1] A fruit garden is generally synonymous with an orchard, although it is set on a smaller non-commercial scale and may emphasize berry shrubs in preference to fruit trees. Most temperate-zone orchards are laid out in a regular grid, with a grazed or mown grass or bare soil base that makes maintenance and fruit gathering.

Old English: ortgeard; the first element from Latin hortus 'garden', the second representing yard.

PTC's very own orchard

Well, we have done our best to plant out in a grid but that was difficult given the fact that we already had an aging pear and 2 fairly mature apple trees which don't follow our grid pattern.  From the photo, it appears that the spacing between them is enormous but it really isn't.  We were determined that they should not be crowded and that each specimen should have room to grown and mature.  I have yet to tie on our copper labels as I'm waiting to see if any copper wire can be found.  Fingers crossed!

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