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by peter
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:24 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: which rotavator?
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Wheels, always wheels. The ones without basically bounce along on the revolving tines and are held back by the skid, you cotrol progress by raising or lowering the handles, thus sticking or unsticking the skid. Don't get me wrong, they work fine, they are just a bit wearing to control and you should...
by peter
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Equipment for potato cultivations
Replies: 10
Views: 4709

Have not forgotten you, but the item is on backup rotovator, behind rotovator No-1 at the back of the shed behind everything else. Will try and get to it coming weekend.

Did you try Mr Hudson?
by peter
Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: planting by the moon
Replies: 38
Views: 8456

Does using a torch to read the labels upset the effect?
by peter
Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:50 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: bee keeping on my allotments
Replies: 12
Views: 4017

Do some sites specifically not allow Bee's? Check your site's rules on livestock as you could open up an insurance liability in these health & safety concious times, if someone got stung by yuor bee's or another plotholder is allergic to beestings. My father used to keep bees in quantity at his ...
by peter
Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:43 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Tempted to buy a Mantis Tiller
Replies: 50
Views: 30289

My 80 year old allotment neighbour manages 10 rod, but I don't think he could do it without his Mantis, which he wheels the half mile or so from his house.
Personally I prefer Howard driven wheel rotovators, less strain on the old back and I drive it the fifty yards from my back gate!
by peter
Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Equipment for potato cultivations
Replies: 10
Views: 4709

The plough on e-bay is not what you want. What you need is a furrower, looks like a V shaped snow-plough. Try Chester Hudson on http://www.mdr.co.uk/tillerparts/tillerparts4.html , be aware customer care can be erratic, but a MOST knowledgable chap on Howards. He did have some furrowers last year an...
by peter
Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mr Potato Head, any news on suggestions for magazine?
Replies: 1
Views: 1483

Mr Potato Head, any news on suggestions for magazine?

There were a number of threads about improvements and suggested topics for the magazine on this new forum.
Having just got a subscription for Christmas I wondered which of the suggestions were going to be taken up?
Also were the owners still up for suggestions?
by peter
Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Allotment Association
Replies: 2
Views: 1748

http://www.nsalg.org.uk/
The national Association of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners has a seriews of Fact and Advice Sheets of everything to do with allotments, very very helpful and quite comprehensive, they also do Insurance for Allotmenteers.
by peter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Frozen Kale
Replies: 1
Views: 1392

Frozen Kale

I have grown two types of kale this year, Redbor and Green, in two different spots on the allotment. The plants which get more sunshine are fine, the more sheltered plants have managed to loose leaves and in some cases the crown to frost damage. I was under the impression that Kale was very hardy an...
by peter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Xmas lottie plans
Replies: 16
Views: 5659

The plans of mice and men....

My plans have come to naught. Partly the weather, my part of Hertfordshire had an inch or two of snow and plenty of hard frost, this has been followed by rain, mostly however by dealing with a confused eighty-seven year old mother who managed to fall twice gaining 20 facial stitches and a great deal...
by peter
Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: making steam
Replies: 4
Views: 3569

Many years ago I worked on summer in a flower nursery. They had ex Royal Navy (they said) boilers and one on the jobs prior to planting out each strip in the glasshouses was to sterilise it. The bed was roghly forked after the previous crop had been cleared, a plastic sheet was laid down the bed, du...
by peter
Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Xmas lottie plans
Replies: 16
Views: 5659

IT

NOG, when the a/c fails the temp & humidity should be about right, try sabotage! Might need to replace some light bulbs with grow-lights. My own plans for next week are to ; Do a bit more of the site boundary fence. Move my coldframe & espalier apple trees, from a small plot I am giving up, ...
by peter
Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Leaf drop.
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Leaf drop.

Article in the Daily Mail about how late the leaf drop is this year. Wondered what un-seasonal effects KG people round the UK were seeing this year. Hawthorn still quite green. Oak yellow but hanging on. Blackthorn hardly changed. Oak of course is now shading two thirds of my allotment. Other odditi...
by peter
Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Machinery....
Replies: 14
Views: 6056

Rotovators

Tel, go on then list them. My wife complains at me because I have got five rotovators. I have to keep explaining that; The engine on the MkIV GEM is bust. The digging bits on the Mk I GEM are missing, but the steel wheels were worth the £20 it cost. If I can get the MKI engine & wheels onto the ...
by peter
Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:21 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Machinery....
Replies: 14
Views: 6056

Nice one.

Do you subscribe to Land Rover International? A colleague is seriously into Land Rovers & gives me his cast-off magazines as I have a passing interest. This magazine has several pages devoted to LR's in strange places and gives assesments on their usability or restorability. Sometimes all that i...

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