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 May 2020


Row labels
Labels galore!

Since sowing vegetable seeds and planting potatoes on 31st March, the vegetable plot is transformed in 5 weeks.  Apart from the peas, where germination has been patchy; everything else is up and growing away well including potatoes which need earthing up.  Lettuce plants have been planted out and runner and climbing beans and marrows are germinating in the greenhouse.  I made some new signs for the rows and this year plastic has been abandoned because they deteriorate in the sunlight and become too brittle.  Also, it's too difficult to clean off permanent ink from them.  Wooden ones rot in the soil and discolour in the sunlight.  This year, I've gone for slate labels and they're hung from mini metal shepherd's crooks.  I have used a white chalk pen to write names and varieties and  plan to clean and reuse each year.

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