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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:24 pm    Post subject: I'm new here Reply with quote

Hi all
I have a 15x12 polytunnel since 2011
And a raised bed that is 16x8
Also this week I will be rotivateing a 20x20 square
In the polytunnel I have cabbages,Brussel sprouts,courgettes,peppers
A rhubarb plant,strawberrys and sweet pea
Outside I also have potatoes,onions,turnip,carrots and lettuce
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I hope to find a lot more information and awnsers to questions
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Fionn. Never be afraid to ask any question and you'll find everyone here very helpful.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Welcome Fionn but, with the wide differences between the various parts of this island, it can be helpful to know, say, which county you're in. No need for address and eircode, of course, but it can help to stimulate replies and advice from your own area, where appropriate. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi blowin
I have just updated
That now
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS - You don't say what type of ground you're going to rotavate but, at this time of year I'm assuming you intend to plant stuff in it straight away? If so, it's as well to remember that every weed that's there when you start rotavating will be chopped into five or six by the machine and, wonderful and fluffy though it may seem immediately after, the weed population of the plot will increase dramatically alongside your seeds.

Essentially, there's only one really beneficial time to rotavate and that's in the autumn when you can use the machine, cover the area over with black polythene immediately (to kill the weeds) and uncover it in the spring. A quick rake over and you're away.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
What do you mean by what type of ground it is?
I will be spraying it off first then rotivating
I know landscaper/horticulturist
And he came up today
He said spray it off then
He will rotivate it in 2 weeks
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK! My main purpose is to help you avoid disappointment. As has been covered in other posts, spraying does kill off the weeds that are there at the time BUT things like dandelions and docks will have dropped seeds in previous years which will be lying on or just under the surface and WON'T have been killed. With all the 'competition' disappeared, it'll be those seeds and yours to fight it out.

At this time of year it'll be your only option and you're doing the right thing - but don't expect miracles?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks blowin
There is only grass rushes and afew
Small docks
Hopefully it works
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Docks are absolute baaaaaaastards. I was told once that a full grown one at 6 feet or so can shed 7000 seeds. The roots are really tough to get rid of and a half inch of a rotavated root is enough to grow again.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi tagwex there only small
No seeds
I know there nearly impossible to get rid of
I have 1 in my polytunnel that keeps coming back!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the point was don't let them get to the seed stage. You may dig out the whole root. It is the only way.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok
Thanks for the advice
I will try dig them out

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....but don't forget that, if the plant has been there for several years, as the saying goes 'one year's weeds equals 7 years' seeds', i.e. seeds from previous years can lie dormant in the soil for some time before germinating.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi blowin
The area has always been strimed twice a year
So the docks never got a chance to seed
Thank you for you help
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the site. I have a greenhouse only built last year. I grew peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce in there. I had parsley and salad all winter from it. I grow a lot of veg outside too in big pots and containers. Plenty of good advice ( and a bit of craic) on here. Enjoy
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