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


12 July 2016

Hanging Sieve Shelving

I had another idea! This time to use garden sieves (or riddles as they were known) and thought they'd make useful hanging shelving for plants in the greenhouse. I bought lengths of chain and Al and Matt drilled 3 equally spaced holes in the rims of each sieve and inserted lengths of chain from which they could be hung.  So far, they've proved a great success as they allow excess water to drain out ensuring plants don't sit and stagnate. Chains can be lengthened or shortened to suit and, should they be needed, I only have to unhook them for use. Unlike macrame plant hangers, these won't rot in the wet and humid atmosphere of a greenhouse. The smallest galvanised sieve is quite modern and only a few years old whereas the largest is a much older original wooden example. Never to fall of its nail and on my head ever again!!

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