We have found many allotmenters frown upon the use of rotavators. It goes something like- tut tut, you’re making problems for yourself in the long-run, chopping up all those weed roots, tut tut….
We completely ignored this advice, as detailed in the post – Rotavators, hurting worms and proper gardening.
Our plot initially looked like this
and through the power of rotavation, ended up like this:
with the addition of a few plants later in the year, this is how it looks at the moment:
Its physically demanding work, but very satisfying to see your whole plot turned from compacted,
concrete clay soil to workable land to an allotment!
We thought now would be a good time to update people on our weed situation. Basically we have no more pernicious, nasty weeds than our plot comrades do. We have bind weed and brambles pushng up all over the plot. However with a bit of ‘little and often’ weeding, it is easy to say on top of their cheeky emergence.
We also feel that as the surrounding hedgerows, paths, fields and gardens are full of bramble and bindweed, it is unrealistic to think that our plot can ever be a weed free zone…
We still intend to carry out some double-digging in autumn to further break down our soil – giving an opportunity to pick out some roots. However we won’t get carried away as the phrase ‘needle in a haystack’ is apt. I always thought that saying is a nice way of saying ‘its pointless’…
Without rotavation, our plot would not have been fully workable this year. This along with the addition of well-rotted horse manure has produced a soil that is immediately user friendly.
So we urge people not to be put off by scare stories of ‘little shop of horror’ weeds terrorising your plot if you dare to rotavate…