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hiring or buying equipment
« on: March 16, 2006, 12:28 »
for the size of my plot i was just wondering if it was worth hiring equipment or buying such as a rotervater or a merry tiller. My soil is very claye. Any help ideas or tips would be most appreciated
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Chris 1976
just started this febuary. So its all hit and miss at te moment. May need help, tips and hints at time so any would be welcome

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hiring or buying equipment
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006, 12:37 »
I'd honestly weigh up the costs. The merry tillers, new, cost quite a bit. Hire shops seem to charge far too much for hiring out stuff and usually if you're going to use it 3-5 times, you would have been better off buying one outright. If your allotment shop has one and it's quite cheap like a few quid an hour, I'd be more tempted to just hire from the allotment shop. They're usually locked up more securely than any sheds in the allotment and you don't have too far to go to get it unlike from a hire shop. And while you're hiring for the cheap rate, you can get some work done while checking out the buy&sell papers or freecycle for a bargain merry tiller like John picked up  :wink:

We've dug over almost all of our beds by hand but it's taken us many months and we have heavy clay soil too.
wistfully hoping to one day be mostly organic gardener in North London.



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