Amazingly, I actually finished rotavating last night. We have never finished this so late in the year. Once I get back from a ride, I will clean and oil the thing and put it away for the year.
I am going to try nicotine on the flea beetles. The sods have it coming. It really does look as if some creative type has taken a pair of serrated scissors to the leaves of all my peas and beans. If nicotine worked for the KGB in pure form as an assassination weapon, it'll do in the beetles in dilute form. As a bonus it might get the kids addicted to veg!
Other than that, we have potatoes up along with beetroots, salad and various other stuff in seedling form. I will dig the runner bean trench as well later.
Sounds like you're well on top of things like me!
I'm off to the lotty later today to get more 1st earlies in, clear/dig more ground for the 2nds, etc, and also prepare ground for all the onions & garlics. I've had to plant up some peas, beans and other stuff in big tubs at home to speed things along.
My trusty old Mantis Tiller is residing sadly at the back of my shed at home, still encrusted from work a few years back – when I have some spare time one day I might strip and clean it. The Mantis is no good for the soil on our current site with is heavy gooey clay soil – mud in winter, concrete the rest of the year.
Good luck with those pesky flea beetles.
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