The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


14 February 2016

Looking Emptier!

Not much left now!
A freshly mulched Woodland Border
I can't even remember if this is the 3rd or 4th Saturday we've been emptying the compost bay but it seems as if we've been doing it forever!  The trouble is; pushing full loads means an uphill journey every time as the compost bays are at the bottom of the garden and it weighs so much heavier than wood chip (which is the only other medium we use as a mulch in this garden.)  Anyway, more progress was definitely made this week and the borders and hedges are not only looking better for it but, more importantly, will 'do' better for a good mulching.  We reckon about 4 or 5 barrow loads remain and we plan to weed the top lawn border and rose borders before they get their share of mulching. We had planned to do this so much earlier but, it's just been far too WET. It was tricky mulching around Snowdrops and Hellebores in full bloom but, we neither trod on nor buried any! Triumph!

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