The typical bank holiday weather has provided a good sluicing for much of the country and the allotments are starting to show a good covering of weeds if nothing else!
Both here and in the shrubberies it is essential to keep the ground tilled and weed free to help soil quality and assist with irrigation.
So here are three mini tillers designed for smaller allotments and vegetable patches which will ease you through this essential task.
A Viper 43 cc engine is easy to start and gives plenty of power to the tines which are capable of dealing with even the most claggy soils.
This tiller weighs just 14 kg and the carrying handle makes it easy to move around.
The wheels are moveable so you can adjust the working depth and folding handles make it easy to carry in the boot of a car or store in the shed.
There is a dethatcher kit for just £99 and an edging kit for £29 to extend the use of this great little machine.
Cost is £249, there is free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Another great little tiller comes from Mantis.
The Mantis 4-stroke tiller cultivator is powered by a 25cc Honda four stroke engine which is easy to start and as it is four stroke there is no necessity to waste time mixing fuels.
Its special tines work as low as 25cm, and can deal easily with compacted soil and clay.
These are situated under the engine so it is easy to work accurately between the rows and around established trees and shrubs.
It has a working width of 23 cm and weighs just 11 kg.
Handy optional extras include an edger for £39.95, a crevice cleaner for £59.95, and a furrower for digging out long trenches for £69.95.
This versatile little machine costs £359.95, there is a five year manufacturer’s guarantee and free next working day delivery.
And then there is our own neat little MD Micro Tiller a machine we think offers really excellent value for money.
Light, easy to use it will dig down to 20 cm and is strong enough to deal with compacted oils and clay.
It has a working width of 25 cm and can also be used for incorporating fertilizers.
It has fold-down handles for easy storage and transportation.
Powered by a 42.7 cc 2-stroke engine it has a large fuel tank and comes with free next working day delivery. Plus there is a two years maker’s warranty.
You world normally expect to pay £249.95 for such a machine but we have it on sale for £169.95 representing excellent value for money.