the re-constitution of approx. 1 acre of the lower kitchen
garden from wilderness, by initially putting it down to
grass. Creeping thistle was growing profusely.
situation: Rotovated cultivations had chopped Creeping
Thistle rhizomes into multitudes of viable sections. Light
was ‘percolating’ through the cultivated soil, and causing
phenomenal growth. It had just rained after a Spring drought.
men with Lazy- Dog Chisel Hoes spent two days cutting
all visible plants just below the point of growth ( 1"
below the ground), and then raking the debris into piles
for collection. As this job was completed, shoots were
appearing in the area only just cleared. Many buried sections
of root were programmed to shoot & emerge from deeper
down, and would soon cover the whole site again.
option was to hand pick the bigger bstones & debris,
and then carefully rotovate the top inch (or 2")
of soil. With sharp clean blades (and dry weather), a
controlled skimming of the surface could work. An ‘above
average’ depth control on the rotovator would be needed.
like this took place, and grass was sown asap.
£280. + Vat.