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Bulb Auger 2

I used the bulb auger a couple of weeks ago to put in some Dianthus Amazon plants, and it worked pretty well.  Though I suppose  some would laugh at this, I used a 100 ft. tape measure to space them.  It’s actually an easy way to get a straight line and correct spacing at the same time.  Plus, it rolls up in a jiffy, which is more than I can say for a string and a stick.

Nice and neat, don't you think?

Nice and neat, don't you think?

I still had to bend over to set the plants in the holes, but it didn’t seem to take as long.

In and watered.

In and watered.

Thirty plants in – a couple thousand to go.

Update, June 16:  Now that I’ve put in all of my plants that were grown in 72 and 36 cell trays, I have a different view of the bulb auger.  It is just too slow for that kind of work.  I can make a hole with one flick of a trowel that is plenty deep to set a plant in.  Twelve flicks take about thirty seconds, using the trowel itself as a spacing guide, and I’m ready to pop the plants in and cover them.  It’s true that I have to be bent over to do everything then, but I just shuffle along on my knees and it’s not too hard on my back.

Now I am looking longingly at jab-type transplanters.

Transplanters from Johnny's

Transplanters from Johnny's

Maybe if this is a good year at the market…

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Bulb Auger

I got a chance to use my new bulb auger today to put in some liatris corms.  Lowes was having a half-price sale on spring bulbs so I picked up 40 liatris corms for $4.98 and some gladiolus and dahlias too.  The auger was so cool.  bulbauger2Ziiiipp, and there was a hole.  Ziiiipp, ziiiipp, ziiiipp, ziiipp, … and there was a whole row of holes.  Drop the bulbs in, rake dirt over them, tamp it a little, and presto, it was done.    I had the row all done before I thought about it being a photo opportunity, so all I have are a couple of photos showing just the auger.

bulbauger4My real purpose in getting the auger was for transplants, because I don’t really do all that many bulbs.  Most of my starts are grown in 72 cell trays, plus a few 36s.  I think the holes made by the auger will be just the right size for dropping little plants into.

Buying the auger is a little story all by itself.  While visiting friends in Portland, Oregon, we were told that we had to see this place where a man sold hand-made gardening tools.  The man is Bob Denman, and his business is called Red Pig Garden Tools.  If you’re ever near Portland (actually closer to the town of Boring), try to find the place and talk to Bob.  He is a blacksmith and has lots of seriously substantial garden tools that he makes, plus a big selection of good quality commercially made tools.  If he doesn’t have it, he’ll make it, and if it’s not right for you, he’ll tweak it until it is.  Bob is a good talker, too, and has a modest old tool museum upstairs that I really enjoyed.  After spending a good hour there, I had to buy something and the bulb auger caught my eye, though, sadly, Bob didn’t make it in his blacksmith shop.

Red Pig Tools has a website, so you can check that out, though it won’t be as much fun as talking to Bob.