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 March 2016

Woodworking at opposite ends of the garden!

Awaiting this year's offerings
Last year's compost turned....
Door progress.

....& tucked up under an old carpet.
Recent sunny weather has allowed more progress on both compost bay renovation and Secret Steps door building.  The compost bays are now both finished and up and running once again.  Hopefully, they will last for another 7 years.  The existing compost ie last years has now been turned and moved into the right hand bay - courtesy of Chris and is tucked away in it's bit of old carpet ready for use next year (or maybe earlier - depending on weather!)  In the meantime the left hand bay is now empty and awaits this year's material.  Equally importantly was discovering how rabbits were getting into the garden. There was a gap in defences by the compost heap and was being used as a main thoroughfare by Monsieur Lapin.  Needless to say his avenue of access has now been wired off.  On the lane side of the garden, the grass verges have been ruined by the determined digging of rabbits try to gain access. We're really under attack at present and three were found in the garden and promptly dealt with.

Meanwhile the other Chris sawed, shamfered, sanded, planed, drilled, counter sunk...........I was allowed to put some screws in, hold, fetch and carry!  I bought a Suffolk latch, a pair of door hinges and some (rather fetching) door studs and can't wait to see what they all look like.  The plan is to shape an arch to the top of the door this ensuring the taller amongst us aren't faced with a greenhouse door situation!!

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