Many allotment associations will prepare vacant plots for new tenants by rotovating
the soil so vegetables can be planted as soon as the plot is hired.
Hire tools for jobs that you only do once or twice a year - like scarifying the lawn or rotovating
the vegetable patch.
Lumbard said: "The contractors have been in doing the renovation work on the pitches, taking the top 15 millimetres off the surface and then cultivating and rotovating
the top four inches.
The results of rotovating
through a patch of rhubarb are sometimes spectacular in the following 12 months
But there are so many other jobs that need to be done: once the cold snap is over, I need to plant a load of fruit trees I've not yet collected from the nursery; I want to move the pigs around so that they can work their remarkable rotovating
magic on some heavily-compacted ground; the veg patch needs a serious going-over and seeds need to be started off in the greenhouse; our hedges need to be re-laid and gaps replanted with new young trees; and the goats need a permanent night-time home - a block-built one that stands up to hooves and head butts better than wooden sheds.
However, a word of warning is warranted with the latter method; rotovating
alone in my opinion, is not suitable where there are copious amounts of perennial weeds as the chopping action will simply cut the rhizomes into smaller pieces, which willdevelop into brand new plants to further infest the ground.
I'm fed up with telling new allotment holders to dig before winter, their instinct tells them that they must make the plot look tidy by rotovating
as soon as possible after they take over an empty plot.
is no substitute, because it leaves a hard clay pan, leading to water logging, at the very least, poor drainage.
Prepare vacant ground for next year's crop by digging, forking, ploughing or rotovating
, to expose it to weathering and give it time to re-consolidate before needed for sowing or planting.