Comments: Happy Easter

I had a hazelnut lindt rabbit which was disappointing but multiple creme eggs which weren't. And a chocolate egg. Not feeling hungry, surprisingly.

New virgin land is always exciting. I've dug up several bits of lawn so that I can have new flower beds.

Posted by Debster on 4 April, 2021 at 1:20 PM

Ah yes, wouldn't be without my petril auger....with 900 dahlias to put in every year it really would be back-breaking any other way. The ground is softer every year as we work it more but still wouldn't want to do them by hand again (I did the first couple of years).

Posted by NiC on 5 April, 2021 at 7:16 PM

Debster - did you make them big enough the first time, or have you grown them in size later? One of our new beds in the lawn needs its third extension...

NiC - strange thing is, I'd never even seen them before I found them in the local hire shop brochure, while looking to see what they had that we might find useful in future, and looked up the price to buy outright. Do you have an auger bit that is thinner than the 4" smallest that they come with?

Posted by Blue Witch on 7 April, 2021 at 7:57 AM

No the thinnest that goes on that is the 4" one....though I more usually use the biggest which I think is 8"?

We do have some smaller ones that we use on a hand-drill for planting smaller (home grown) plug plants. Still a big time saver when you've got a lot to plant and the ground is like rock.

Of the petrol auger, like Mr.Witchy, I wasn't sure how good it would be when I bought it so only bought a cheapish one but it has saved me so much work (and my shoulders from anymore physio).

Posted by NiC on 8 April, 2021 at 9:42 AM

I made them large. One required three tons of topsoil and another two. Plus a dry stone wall as a retainer.

Posted by Debster on 9 April, 2021 at 11:42 PM