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


4 January 2016

Cracking Good Figures!

Yes, we found 6 one morning!
(Clockwise from left)
Winifred, Fiona, Cicely & Henny Penny (RIP!)
As it's too wet for gardening so, here are some eggsellent statistics for 2015!  If I was doing a proper breakdown, I would have remembered to include the cost of their, layers mash, pellets and mixed corn but I forgot to keep a record. I guess they would have eaten no more than 3 bags of each and they're all around £9 each.  This means that our girls pay for themselves and we're well in pocket with surplus profit buying vegetable seeds.  These girls live in their own spacious bamboo garden ( see living with hens ) with their own property portfolio!  As well as their medieval style pole house, they have their own day shelter, and a conservatory with an additional house and nest box. To say noting of a swing and preening perch. The pole house was purchased but everything else has been made here by us.  We used concrete reinforcing mesh as fencing and dug it in to about 18" to keep out Monsieur Le Reynard.  This was all done about 5 years ago so any cost has long since been forgotten and in any case, it was such fun to do! Different hybrids lay eggs of differing colours so we know eggsactly who's laying (and who isn't!)

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