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


9 April 2018

The Magic of Making Compost!

As much as I enjoy a bit of creosoting, doing the compost heap is not the most joyful of jobs but,  as they say, someone has to do it!   A once a year job which, due to a combination of incessantly wet and cold weather and until February a  distinct presence of compost, means that the window of opportunity has been smaller than usual this year. Anyway, having now done it, Chris will turn last year's compost into the freshly painted bay and then I'll give the left hand bay the same treatment and it will be ready to receive this year's vegetable and garden waste. 

Whilst anything too woody or pernicious is burnt, the ash is returned to the compost heap  along with grass cuttings, soiled chicken newspapers and all soft garden waste. After turning and covering, it will be left for a year by which time it will have reduced down to half its volume. Unlike Monty, we have better things to do than turn compost every 5 minutes!  Patience makes perfect compost and, early next year, these contents will be ready to top dress all borders. Ain't nature magic!!

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