This nice dry spell has meant a good opportunity to get on top of the weeds that had also been enjoying the sun: weirdly I’m quite excited to start seeing chickweed coming through! The weeds to date in the field have been thistles, groundel, thistles, dandelion, thistles, couch grass, redshank and thistles. Chickweed means that the soil must be starting to gain some fertility now, as it’s a nitrogen lover: all those crop residues and green manures must have had some effect after all.
So it’s been a nice wheelhoeing week among the brassicas; I know it’s in my mind, but the young kale, broccoli and PSB really seem to look happier once the weeds have gone, and revel in the sun. While the handmade wheelhoe has been doing a great job however, I still have problems with my Howard 300 rotavator (it is about 50+ years old); it was working fine, but began to try stalling while working; then conked out and won’t start again. Having cleaned the air filter and tried a new spark plug, I’m convinced that it might be a clogged fuel issue. The only trouble is of course, that I know nothing about engines, which is a slight problem. I’m going to try looking up how to clean an engine online (!), but failing that, will need to work out a way of getting this heavy and large beast into my tiny car, and taking it to a busy mechanic. Any suggestions?!