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What does rotivation do?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:52

A rotovator will not dig deeply and if the ground is hard or overgrown it will struggle. They are not as easy to use as theory may suggest. Have you tried one yourself. You can hire them by the day.

Another disadvantage is that if there are nasty perrenial weeds such as couch grass, horsetail, bindweed, ground elder to name but 4 ( there are lots more), the rotovator will chop them up with every small piece starting a new weed plant. You make things much worse. The best way to get rid of such weeds may be to hand dig and carefully remove every trace as you go.

In my experience, unless the soil is already in pretty good knick they are more trouble than they are worth. I am afraid there is no substitute for spade/fork/elbow grease. The main advantage might be where you have already hand dug the plot and then use the rotovator to break the clods down to a nice friable tilth.( sorry about the technical terms!!)

However having said that let's see if others have had better experience.

Good luck with your studies, don't hesitate to ask more questions.


Growing veg with little space

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:38

I grew carrots last year in a plastic trough. worked well, no carrot root fly ( because of high side?). Not large but very tasty and better than shop bought. Peppers need hot summer to really succeed. Courgette should be ok too. I also grow some runners in a large tree pot with a wigwam of canes. Always works. Toms usually succumb to blight, so can disappoint. Same with potatoes which can also be sown in large pots, building up compost as they grow.

Give it a go. I have grown vegetables for years and if you are new to this you will probably find some vegetables work better for you than others and also that the weather conditions will also mean some things do better than others. Take the rough with the smooth and don't be unhappy if not everything works. That's quite normal. Best of luck.

Containers have advantage of being able to feed and water better.

Looking for a 'fast' growing Yew tree (Taxus)

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 23:07

Ordinary bog-standard yew grows quite quickly. Irish yew, fastigiata is slower I have heard. Best to check your books first before buying.

Preparation is important as ever..dig a trench and add something in the way of feed/compost etc. Make sure you allow lots of room...more than you think you need and remember you need to be able to cut it from both sides.

Yew is a great choice.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:59

No gardening today, had to work in local community shop where i am a volunteer. Sorting out year end wages, tax etc...nightmare and not finished yet. Home to cook invention test dinner which was worth 6/10, and a portion for tomorrow. Hopefully not many calories as mostly vegetables and a chicken breast ( no skin...shame).

Have just heard the amazing news that the weather may well get much, much better. It will be interesting to hear all your views on how madly the gardens grow when given a few degrees of help. 

Talking of degrees I heard the lovely idea the other day that as you get older you can express your age in centigrade. I am only 19....again. what about you??


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:48

I saw a very effective idea on showing tulips on GW a couple of years Carol's garden she planted up about 20-30 pots with a single variety.. great impact and very beautiful. I tried to copy on a smaller scale and it looked very good. I moved the bulbs to the vegetable garden to give them a chance to flower again for cutting, knowing that in the second year you usually get fewer flowers and i didn't want to tie up lots of pots with a chance of poor flowering. The pots are now planted up again with this year's choice...Abbu Hassan. I buy my bulbs at the Malvern autumn flower show which has a fantastic rrange of bulbs, corms, etc for the following Spring.

The bulbs in the vegetable garden are growing well but it is too early to know how much flower I shall have. I shall leave them in and plant my runner beans over them in the summer. The feed for the beans, and the nitrogen fixed by the beans may help for the 3rd year. Here's hoping... noithing ventured...

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:49

We are all behind I fear.. it could be panic stations before long and thai thread may dry up??

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:46

Home from pub, and gentleman's dinner. no doggy bags to share since food too good to waste. One of gathering won the big jackpot rollover and kindly paid for all the dinners. Living in a village such as this and having such good friends as all of you on this thread...well what more can I ask for?...

Time for bed sais zebedee....

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 19:07

Fairy girl, we clearly have lots in common. I like Pulsatillas too, also known as the Pasque Flower i.e. Easter flower. Combination of early Easter, and cold weather, and "climate change"means we shall have to call it the Whitsun flower instead? 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 18:31

 Thanks Verdun,...My second most favourite garden experience ever is the Alpine House at Wisley ( First is Christopher LLoyd's garden at Great Dixter,together with anything written by him) So, when I put up my new greenhouse last year I installed some of the staging with trays so that i can set small alpines in pots into the sand. This gives you control over the display as you can move plants in and out as you wish. The easy bit is buying lovely small plants/pots such as minature narcissi, tulips, sedums, saxifrage, iris, ipheon. The difficult bit will be looking after them to ensure they do well in subsequent years. That's where I have a lot to learn. I have joined the local Alpine Garden Soc. and they have been brilliant in helping advise me and a great source of fantastic plantlets.

I also see this as my opportunity to downsize my gardening as and when my house and garden get too much to look after I shall trade down to an alpine house only and spend all my days in there, gardening in minature and listening to Test Match special. I always was a long term planner!!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 17:51

I was last on this morning ...let me be first tonight. Weather is still underwhelming so among other things went to local Garden Centre, where I bumped into village friends who treated me to coffee and chat. Lovely to see them and have some quality time to discuss gardening stuff. 

Came home and sorted out greenhouse, moving some hardier souls outside as no frosts expected for a while . Potted up some new alpines for alpine display. Watered, especially tubs outside as i doubt the rain due tomorrow will do a great deal of good. Flask of tea and radio to keep me company.

Gentlemen's Society dinner in Village pub this evening to look forward too, as well as all your new posts over the next few hours.

I shan't risk saying anything about Margaret Thatcher...perhaps someone will start a separate thread to contain all the gushing sycophancy or vitriolic ire, according to your point of view. 

Have a good evening everyone.

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