Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Rotovator in use for 1st time this year

Got the Rotovator out today, don't know what I would do without it, started 1st time too, not bad for a machine now 6 years old and only used once or twice a year, I know I will use it twice this year as there is still a patch of soil that needs clearing & weeding before I can cultivate it.

Here you can
see the bed I am using for the
Main Cr
op 'Cara' I have revised my original
planting plan so I can now get 8 rows with 8 tubers in each. Cara is renowned to be a heavy cropper & the spuds are usually quite large, ideal for Jackets, Roasties & Chips.

The above photo is before the Rotovator was used, I weeded the area first then spread well rotted Manure over it and as you can see from this photo (left) the Rotovator does a good job incorporating the

This picture shows a close up of my pride & joy, a JCB-C35A Rotovator, with a Briggs and Stratton 3.5hp Petrol engine and 15" wide tines.
The patch of ground you can see here is approx 14' x 10' (140 sq feet) and I managed to go over it twice in half an hour, with the Rotovator, it would take all day by hand with a fork.
This bed is where the 1st earlies 'Rocket' & 2nd earlies 'Charlotte' will be planted.

So rather a productive day today, also found a patch to plant the 'Sarpo Mira' spuds, can now revise my original planting from only 10 tubers to 20, although will be a test crop to see the yield & taste.

The plot is looking lovely now, did some weeding & clearing on Sunday when we brought down the Chickens, now the 3rd time & they loved it again.
Thanks for reading/returning. Ian


  1. The soil definitely looks soft and fluffy after being rotovated - I'll bet those Caras will appreciate it!

    1. Thanks Tanya, I Rotovate the Potato patch every year and it does do the trick.

  2. Looks grate! I can't wait to get out on my plot and do a spot of rotavating, but its still very damp at the moment.

  3. I love to see a nicely turned over plot all ready for a fresh start with planting.

  4. Jealous! I'm off to sort out our potato beds today....by hand.

  5. Nice job on the spud bed, just taken the worn out tines off my rotavator today, they must be at least 50 years old?

  6. Wow, if I lived closer you could do my plot, but then I wouldn't be as fit!! Great work - I am sure you are going to get fantastic spuds this year x