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Rotovator Breakdown and Planting Onion Sets

Big Bertha the rotovator is poorly.

My neighbour and I have a deal where I look after his rotovator in my shed and provide petrol so I can use it whenever.


It’s seen better days and today wasn’t good at all. We tried cleaning the spark plug, which gets black very quickly but she wasn’t well. In the end he went home and I was left with her to myself.


So she started up but won’t reach full power and died after 10 minutes. I think it’s something to do with the choke/throttle thingy. A mechanic I aint. Rebuilding a computer is simple, but what is a float? How does it produce a spark without a generator? I dunno.


Onion sets


Planted 50 Setton onion sets (less quite a few rotten, 99p from a garden centre) and around 100 Sturon (local ironmongers, some too small but ?1.00 for 500g)


Also planted shallots, Golden Gourmet (500g for ?1.05)


Onions went in at 4″ spacing, 6″ between rows and shallots at 6″ spacing with 8″ to the next rown of onions, which may be a little tight. But the soil is good and well fertilised so I reckon they’ll be OK.


Meeting to review Big Bertha tomorrow. I keep looking at French DIY store web sites where good looking rotovators are to be had from ?260.00.


Weather was warm with sunny spells.

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