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


21 February 2016

Compost Complete!

Edged & topped grass.

More wild and stormy Saturday weather long last, the compost heap is now empty and its contents are busy enriching all borders.  Following yet more rain, we had to put boards down on the top lawn in order to avoid making ruts with heavy loads of wet compost.  As it was we were wheeling the barrows out through the gate, up the lane and in through the drive gate to avoid lawn damage. We even managed to weed the top lawn border first.  We don't like to feed weeds!

Preservation in progress!

Today the weather was just very windy and so we left it as late as possible for the grass to thoroughly dry and topped all the lawns.  I even managed to do some edging around the Aspen Grove and the Henclosure.  Even the new piece of ply had a coat of creosote.  The compost heap is now in need of restoration.  Seven years ago it was made from posts, pallets and ply.  Over time the wood has rotted and is now need of replacement. C'est la vie!

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