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


30 March 2020


5 barrow loads of well rotted horse manure!
Head Gardener was indisposed this Saturday, and missed out on vegetable growing preparations.  She had made a start in tidying the Vegetable Patch but luckily for her, Chris was on hand to do the heavy work come to the rescue!  

Chris's Mantis cultivator
It's that once a year getting ready for the growing season that I hate to miss out on!  Chris had brought some horticultural gold dust in the form of super well rotted horse manure and worked it in with his mantis cultivator.  Whilst there were jokes about it looking a tad girlie, it actually proved totally and perfectly ideal for our small patch.  I now have a perfect tilth in which to sow and plant.
Not only did he leave it looking as neat, level and pristine as humanly possible but knowing how I hate to miss out on garden stuff,  he even took a few photos! Thanks Chris! As soon as this cold spell is over (later this week, we're told), I shall be out there sowing and planting.  Seed potatoes in the form of Arran Pilots are already chitted and whilst I know that many sow broad beans far earlier, it's much easier for us to clear the entire plot in a single session rather than till soil avoiding plants growing already. Hence, over wintering Brassicas and Chrysanthemums were all removed beforehand.

All finished with bean tunnel back in place!

 Isolating or not, there's always plenty to do in the garden!

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