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Post by Hairyloon on 7th April 2011, 10:33 am

Everybody's favourite supermarket are selling a soil cultivator (well, they were last week, they may have sold out by now).
I saw it in the shop, and the engine in it is only 710W... I thought "that is never man for the job", so I left it and went home.
But I changed my mind, went back and bought it.
I had previously tried forking my front garden and... decided I had more important jobs because it was a bit hard.

The machine went through it. Not fast, and not as deep as I'd hoped,
but a good layer of finely tilled soil. Enough to get some plants in and
let them continue the work.

Plan to take it up the allotment later. Am expecting it to do better up there.
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Post by Lottie on 7th April 2011, 12:09 pm

Oooooooooooooooooo aren't you gonna end up spreadng them weeds, oh scary one? Laughing Razz Each little dandelion root, diced and sliced, each dock.. oh I am a harbiger of joyous thought this morning.... Cool Wink

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Post by Compostwoman on 7th April 2011, 1:28 pm

And sliced worms , as well Shocked

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Post by Chilli-head on 7th April 2011, 3:25 pm

I wouldn't be too negative about rotivating. I remember when I first took my allotment, it was a bit overgrown with masses of comfrey, couch grass, mare's tails etc. Against lots of advice, it was rotivated (didn't get in in time to tell the council not to). About the same time Joe Swift was starting a new allotment on Gardeners' world and asked the council not to rotivate it, he prefered to just fork it over to get out the weeds. I almost fell off my seat ! there is no "just forking over" a disused heavy clay plot. A week later he had discovered that and was pushing a rotivator around Laughing

Actually, although I still have some problem weeds, the effect of rotivating was not so bad. Although it does chop up the weeds and some regrow, the regrowing bits are easier to pull/fork out.
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Post by Hairyloon on 7th April 2011, 4:55 pm

Chilli-head wrote:Although it does chop up the weeds and some regrow, the regrowing bits are easier to pull/fork out.
Exactly my feeling on the matter.

Compostwoman wrote:And sliced worms , as well Shocked
I'm not so sure.
I certainly ploughed over a few and they seemed to come out of it OK. If not, then good news for the robin.
Shouldn't think worms are hard to breed to get the numbers back up, but I think that is a quest for another thread.

Performance at the allotment was disappointing. I suspect the generator was not up for it: 710W appliance and 780W generator. Not quite enough umph for the peak loads. Sad
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