They said it couldn’t be done, but they were wrong. The drilling device / soothsaying blog post title was just waiting to be published, albeit messily.
We’d bought a load of daffodil bulbs a few months ago and still had some hanging around in their net bags, silently judging us for not planting them.
I got to wondering if there was something I could attach to an electric drill to make the holes in the ground without the hassle of using a spade.
I found quite a lot of things on Amazon that looked like they’d do the job, and bought the one that looked the most solid:
I’ve cunningly taken the photo hand-held from close-up, with the door quite far in the distance. This makes the auger look massive, but it’s actually not too hefty – it drills holes 8cm in diameter, and 30cm deep.
From extensive use this afternoon, I came to the following conclusions:
- Drills are fun, but dangerous
- The outdoors is a messy place
- There are a surprising number of rocks and stones in the soil
- Worms encountering it end up like spaghetti wrapped around a fork
- When you get a clear run down, it’s like using a food processor on the earth – it goes all broken-up and light
Here are some of the holes produced. It should be noted that there aren’t any moles in Ireland (probably despite the efforts of UK mole-catchers attempting to create a gap in the market). It absolutely wouldn’t be quite good fun to make some of these at a golf course. No, it wouldn’t. No.
I like the concept of making little molehills out of a mountain, anyway.