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 February 2018

Busy Busy!

Remaining Hazel and catkins.

A slightly warmer but still damp and overcast Saturday saw Chris finishing the fence repairs with new rabbit wire which he's dug in. Initially, we planned to use the original wire netting - hence this being stapled to the outside!  It was on to the lower border to coppice the Hazel. We left 3 leaders meaning that there will be lots of home-produced pea sticks and sweet pea supports. Shrub roses were pruned, Lilac suckers removed and Sedums and Michaelmas daises deadheaded. In other words, a good old clear out and tidy up. We'll probably coppice again in 3 - 5 years time

Coppiced Hazel stool.

Bindweed -free Zone!
Time to move along to Nutberry Noak - our little overspill fruit and veg patch which has lain fallow for a year whilst weapons of mass destruction were being released on a epic Bindweed epidemic! We have a cob nut, some currants and a gooseberry.  Sadly, Bindweed choked everything hence our eradication mission.

The beds were  dug over and what remained of the Bindweed carefully removed. Luckily, there wasn't too much. Old raspberry canes were removed and a mulch of home made compost dug in before new raspberry canes (Autumn Bliss) planted. Hopefully we'll be growing marrows and courgettes down here later in the year. 

All in all, a pretty productive day!

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