This aug[e|u]rs well

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.

Fake molehills
Fake molehills