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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You haven't had much luck! I do hope everything is ok
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, it wasn't too bad after all, ruined about 20 plants so it could have been much worse.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least it wasn't any worse than that!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you'll have to accept, Old Son, that that's not what ponies want to eat? If you want a ground clearance animal, then a few goats are more appropriate. Pigs will also do but will need something to supplement their diet on top of the 'rubbish'.

Frankly, if you don't actually need the ground until next spring, I'd but a heavy duty rotavator through the lot, cover with plastic silage covers and come back in the spring to a nice loose plot in which to sow whatever you have in mind.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Blowin, haven't heard from you in a few days - mini holiday?
I tried for nigh on two months to get donkeys, goats or a pigs (which are very scarce around Wexford actually) and just couldn't get them so ponies were a last resort. The problem with the ponies breaking out was the damage they could have caused rather than what they chose to eat.

I'm going to let the ponies eat it to the butt, then let the couch grass come again a little bit and then spray the whole area to kill everything. Get it ploughed in October, cover it in dung, either dig it in or rotavate that in and then in the spring get it drilled. A man with a plan!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad about the ponies, Tagwex. Glad to hear the damage isn't too bad. Interesting how the peas have grown, now. I found, during the hot dry weather, that my plants didn't really put on much growth at all. Watering was just keeping them going and it took the rain to get real growth. Maybe an irrigation system would give better results but I doubt whether, in my garden, it would be worth while. Most of the time, I have too much water!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well we are getting plenty of the wet stuff today, real heavy drizzle for hours on end, cannot do a thing outside, ahhhh well at least the sheds are getting a tidy up.
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