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.

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24 July 2017

The Luxury of an Old Sink.

Earth to plate in half an hour & no mess!
Scarlet Globes, Arran Pilots, Autumn Kings & Pantheons
Freshly washed & prepared.

A few years ago, we installed a very old (and pretty beat up) second hand sink by the back door tap. It didn't look up to much at the time and, indeed doesn't now. However, it's been worth its weight in gold - especially at this time of year. Root vegetables from the vegetable garden are lifted and placed immediately in the old sink where all the soil is washed off and preparation completed. No mess in the house whatsoever. 
The edges of sink are all chipped and it's really nothing to look at but it's so useful - not just for vegetables but also for cleaning out poultry troughs and drinkers. A piece of hose on the tap means that the sink can be swilled clean so easily. With a compost bucket nearby for the waste and carrot tops for the chickens everything is recycled - one way or another! We really wouldn't be without it and couldn't recommend installing one enough.


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