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


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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