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.

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1 November 2015

Fully Automatic Edible Greenhouse Shading

Automatic greenhouse shading - now you see it...




..now you don't!!
Not to be left out, the greenhouse vine has also dropped all its leaves now.  It's all so very convenient as, the days are becoming shorter and darker and as much light as possible is needed in the greenhouse. Later in spring, it will grow more leaves which can be pruned according to need!  It behaves exactly like automatic shading and is about the most convenient and prettiest way to shade plants from the scorching summer sun.  I know I go on about this idea but, it has been one of my better ideas!! Besides the greenhouse looks so very different at this time of year as the vine goes from its green luxuriance of summer to a stark skeletal appearance in winter.  Oh - should I also mention; we get delicious sweet white grapes too??  That has to be a bonus!

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