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by Compo
Thu May 13, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 54
Views: 862

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Probably 150 / 200 mm of rain here in Somerset in the past few days. As for weeds, I get a lot of ground-elder, and it is not due to home made compost, just really hard to get all the white bits of root out of clay soil. If we don't add manure and other composts on our shale / clay substrate, we get...
by Compo
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4583

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

15c here later on Saturday here. A little watering needed but not much. Night time temp too cold to plant out runners and french beans. But some are giving it a go!!
by Compo
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: PEACE AND QUIET
Replies: 9
Views: 236

Re: PEACE AND QUIET

I suppose I should have been clearer. One particular chap has been using his badly serviced rotovator for many hours every day for 3 or 4 days constantly. Thrashing the soil to death!! Anyway - moan over!!!
by Compo
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: PEACE AND QUIET
Replies: 9
Views: 236

PEACE AND QUIET

There's probably no solution to what I'm about to have a bit of a whinge about. Is else on allotment site a bit fed up with the level of noise of old rotavators lawnmowers this time of year .....as it's almostconstant. My only solution is to listen to the radio with headphones on. Anyone else been b...
by Compo
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4583

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

My son has headed to the beach to meet his girlfriend's folks...
by Compo
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4583

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Just had son and partner visit 2 hours sat in the garden wrapped in blankets with Hot water bottles around the chimnea. Sausage sarnies and mugs of tea. Sharing Christmas Pressies. Weather? What Weather?. Happy
Easter folks.
by Compo
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Lockdown one Rescues success
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Lockdown one Rescues success

Generally the last 12 months have been good, no holidays no leaving the area, and I retired March last year only to carry on as a sessional worker, that way I choose the hours and the days. Bottom line is loads of time on the allotment, less rushing and more time to do things properly. All in all, w...
by Compo
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4583

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

In the allotment greenhouse sowing many many seeds cabbages onions sunflowers tomatoes etc. Also my absolute favourite Johnny Walker who is on Radio 2. Very satisfying is that I just fixed a couple couple of rattly plastic panes in the greenhouse. But most annoying is this strong breeze that just wo...
by Compo
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4583

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Going to plot shortly. To make sure it is windproof. 60 mph gusts forecast!, Yikes!!
by Compo
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4583

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Mmm repaired the plot shed. Nice when the sun showed otherwise hat and coat needed. Lots of folk showing up on site now.. Thank god for our British weather.....makes life rich and varied!!!
by Compo
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY

I think training insurance and servicing with an appropriate safety certificate being issued is the only way

I think the no hire during COVID is a cop out. Wiping the equipment down with anti-bac wipes before and after hire is enough to be covid secure.
by Compo
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY

I am not sure that stands up legally. If the committee or association organises that then they are surely overall responsible?
by Compo
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY

I think if you have a disclaimer, in some way you are taking responsibility, by stating you are not responsible for a potential problem you are acknowledging that a problem might exist, and therefore that you should cover that problem, but you are choosing not to. Then you have COVID, but I think th...
by Compo
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY
Replies: 7
Views: 308

ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION MACHINERY

We have a communal lawnmower and a small 4 stroke rotavator (Honda) on site. In years gone by we have just let people use it as and when they wanted. But the dreaded health and safety question has raised it's head. Who is responsible, does the equipment need a safety certificate / record of servicin...
by Compo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 5089

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

The weather has been amazing here in Somerset. Ground now dry enough to dig and crumbles perfectly when turned. Just off up there now for another day of bliss.

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