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


27 January 2017

Record Breaking Compost!

Kyle spreading compost on the Lower Border
Chris working on the Woodland Border

Thanks to Chris and Kyle, we can now declare that our compost bay has been emptied and spread around the garden in record breaking time! They both slaved away and even managed to turn most of the current year's compost.  We only have 2 bays so our compost is a year old and gets turned once. Having said that it was light and crumbly until the very bottom where it was was slightly heavier and wetter. Never before have we managed to empty it so early in the year. Luckily, the weather defied the forecast and remained dry. 

Enjoying the benefit of all these homemade nutrients are the borders, hedges and vegetable patch.

The compost bays are at the bottom of the garden and that means that the heavy contents have to be pushed up hill! The team did an amazing job and the garden was left as neat as a new pin - even the barrows and shovels were all washed and put away. Very well done both!!

 More photos here.

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