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been spending new toy
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:34:11 PM »

got me self a secondhand mantis 4 stroke , yesterday so it was off early this morning to the  plot

have had a disaster in the fruit cage NO fruit so am using it this year to grow carrots have lined the sides with fine mesh
about 4feet high all round including the door ( mesh donated by Tommo) to try and beat the carrot fly

anyway back to the mantis works a treat but having trouble getting my head round that it works better going backwards  ???

turned the tines around from cultivating to tilling but still think it works best when moved backwards
so any tips ideas about using said mantis would be a great help
almost forgot got six rows of carrots in Autumn King

will let you know if I have beaten the carrot fly later
 
 
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Re: been spending new toy
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 11:45:11 PM »

It will appear to work better (& deeper) by pulling it backwards Spuds, but it's not really the way it's designed to be used. The trick is hold it back whilst moving forward slowly. In other words make it work against you, and you'll find it then works the same as if you were pulling it backwards (if that makes sense). It works best when tilling soil to a fine tilth after it has been dug over or rotavated - that's why it's so good with beds.

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Re: been spending new toy
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 07:15:05 AM »

you look to be concentrating  hard  in the photo BG  lol(1)

thank you, will have another go when temp drops a bit , really want it for doing my flower beds at home
as I am on clay soil if you recall from your visit last year

the apple tree in the back garden is loaded with fruit this year , I did give it a good  prune but
my next doors tree that was loaded last year has very little fruit , so as you and tommo said it may fruit every other year

well off out now with the dog before it gets any warmer 7.15 am   
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Re: been spending new toy
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 08:43:27 AM »

We'll have to see if some of your potentially surplus fruit makes a good addition to my cider, Mick.


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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 02:36:03 PM »

 chrs:-) quite right too   ThU432:-) chrs:-)
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 09:23:17 PM »

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you look to be concentrating  hard  in the photo BG  lol(1)

thank you, will have another go when temp drops a bit , really want it for doing my flower beds at home
as I am on clay soil if you recall from your visit last year

the apple tree in the back garden is loaded with fruit this year , I did give it a good  prune but
my next doors tree that was loaded last year has very little fruit , so as you and tommo said it may fruit every other year

well off out now with the dog before it gets any warmer 7.15 am   

I think my pear tree (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login) has the same quirky biennial trait Spuds. Loads of fruit in 2015, nothing last year, loads again this year. Absolutely fabulous variety - the best tasting pear I've ever had the pleasure to eat - and I'm not just saying that because I have one. It REALLY is a winner! I gave Tommo some scion wood from it a year or two ago - how's it coming along Tommo?
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Re: been spending new toy
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 11:48:01 PM »

Yes, and my youngster is growing  away beatutifully t his year too, thank you.

Iv've not allowed any fruit to develop so that it can consolidate its roots and get  ready  to fruit up next year.
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2017, 08:33:16 PM »

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It will appear to work better (& deeper) by pulling it backwards Spuds, but it's not really the way it's designed to be used. The trick is hold it back whilst moving forward slowly. In other words make it work against you, and you'll find it then works the same as if you were pulling it backwards (if that makes sense). It works best when tilling soil to a fine tilth after it has been dug over or rotavated - that's why it's so good with beds.



[/Nice one Gee I have used one of those a couple of years ago someone lent it to me and I found the same thing out I moved it backwards and forwards to make it dig it's self deeper into the ground. Then move forwards a bit at a time very good they are too.
Nice one Gee.  ThU32:-)size]
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