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


11 March 2023

Major Greenhouse Border Preparation

With snow still lying on the ground following 3 days of totally unexpected snowfall - in March meant it was perfect weather to retreat into the greenhouse and sort out the border.  Funny thing was: Chris ended up having to discard layers of clothing as he was expecting outdoor jobs!! 

Now: from day 1, this border has never been a great success. We been disappointed with tomatoes, disappointed with carnations and disappointed with chrysanthemums. Time for action!

Having cleared all the pots aside, we removed all the soil and compost and then dug out another spade's depth of solid clay and marl.  This meant carefully detaching Ed's passion flower from it.'s support,  moving it  aside and very, VERY carefully repotting it (in a classy vintage clay pot) while keeping it attached to its cane!!!  The idea is for it to extend it roots out from the pot and into the border.

Having barred out deep holes and filled them with grit to aid drainage, we refilled the border with lovely rich loamy soil. It was then time for a major clean up.  That meant washing all the paintwork and floor tiles before mving all the pots and plants back!

Chris barrowed out and then back in about 12 barrows of soil and clay!   Hear's hoping for a little more success with some tomatoes this year.

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