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


17 April 2020

Spring Garden Work in Lockdown

Despite lockdown and isolation, garden work continues apace.  The big shrubs overwintering in the greenhouse are all now outside as are Agapanthus, Lemona, Pistachio and Brugmansia - fingers crossed: no late frosts!  The tomato bed is all prepared and their cane framework all erected.  Our tomato plant supplier: CF Genever Tomato Specialist Supplier has come up trumps with 8 different varieties so the race is on to see who picks the first fruit!!

At the other end of the garden, the compost bay is now empty and creosoted and borders are all mulched.  Potatoes in the vegetable patch are popping up as are radish, broad beans, carrots and peas.  Runner beans have been sown and lettuce plants all pricked out.  Owing to a lack of seed, parsley and basil plants from supermarkets have been acquired, divided up and repotted.  Needs must!

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