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    Default The Progress of Plot 3 aka A Glutton for Punishment

    Hi there

    This is a record of my progress on work with my third plot which hasn't had any work done on it of any description for at least 5 years. Last year in the Autumn I took it on and felled 5 trees one of which was a HUGE Hawthorn tree which had more Ivy in it than the size of the tree. When I felled it (with a chainsaw) the trunk of the Hawthorn actually snapped because of the weight of the Ivy when I got halfway through cutting it. The whole tree was burnt on Bonfire night together with rockets and airbombs and a few roasted tatties to celebrate its disappearance.

    I am now getting ready to start digging it so that I can plant spuds in it, following pictures show now what its like. Underneath the black plastic and tarp its bare ground but solid. At the front of the plot are two old Blackcurrant and one Redcurrant bush that were laden last Autumn. I've dumped some well rotted compost near the compost bin ready to be spread of the dug soil and have bags of wood chips from 2 trees for a path between the 2 plots, that's a project for later.

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    Looks like plenty of hard work ahead MB, hope the weather picks up for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bones View Post
    Looks like plenty of hard work ahead MB, hope the weather picks up for you.
    Looking outside its brightened up here and ....... stopped raining hope I haven't spoken too soon
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    Hi there peeps

    Due to the absolutely sh*t weather we have had, progress has been nil as I've had to concentrate on plot 1 and plot 2 to try and get them ready for planting.

    Thought I would just show my new toy which I test drove tonight on plot 2, had used my Cobra T40B Cultivator at the weekend but my new baby is the Cobra T24C tiller which is very heavy for a tiller so doesn't bounce around like my Mantis tiller does. This beauty really does break the soil up to a fine texture ideal for planting.

    Here's a piccie of my new toy showing what it has done to the soil

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    OK just a quick post to say lots of progress has been made now, more pics to follow when I've got time to take them off my phone and edit them for this board.
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    Default The saga continues, Plot 3 progress ....

    Hi Folks

    I'm back on the forum after a long absence last year because of holidays, family weddings abroad and other stuff.

    I've been tackling my 3rd plot which I obtained last year mainly because nobody would take it on, to say it was neglected was an understatement. It had been neglected for about 5 years as far as I could find out and is next door to my 2nd plot which is mainly to grow fruit bushes on. After cutting down 5 trees that had self set and the brambles and burning them over different areas to try and sanitise some of the soil using the heat I covered some of it with my thick black plastic while I decided a plan. I also where possible used my brush cutter to take the 6ft nettles down to the floor and composted them.

    With the plot being cleared of the thick undergrowth it gave the bindweed an opportunity it couldn't miss and it proceeded to go mad with growth and cover the bottom end of the site. At the top end there were 3 fruit bushes which were very old and had brambles, nettles and couch grass and as the bushes were very old I decided to remove them and burn them on top of the ground I had just rough dug. I also dug over to about half the plot as most over the front area had been santised from the bonfires on it. Just before winter I sprayed the bindweed with herbicide to kill it and as much of the roots over the winter period.

    I've planted winter Garlic, Shallots, red and brown Onions over the dig area and have proceeded to rough dig towards the bottom when possible and remove roots especially bindweed.

    Now the best bit some pictures of progress, a wheelbarrow full of bindweed roots and also the dreaded black plastic the previous plot holder had put down over at least half the site, some of it buried. This shows why you should NEVER use black plastic permanently on a site, stuff like bindweed just produces its roots and multiplies under it and then its impossible to get rid of unless you take up the plastic to dig it out.

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    MuddyBoots, I've merged this with your previous "Progress" report. Its easier to follow that way.
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    Thanks for that, forgot I had started a post last year. Makes sense to merge them thanks alot.
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