Digging up crinums

Ellen Hornig hornig@earthlink.net
Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:13:47 PDT
For the record, this old lady DOES have a strong back, and DID dig her own 
crinums. :-)

This is a slight departure from bulbs, but related in this context: my 
all-time favorite tool for digging recalcitrant crinums and similar is the 
mattock, or grub hoe.  I don't know when it went out of common circulation, 
but it is hands-down the best tool for tough digging jobs that I know.  You 
can generate a whole lot more force by lifting a blade high and then 
whacking it down than you can by digging and prying, and you break a whole 
lot fewer handles that way too.  Fortunately, I live in an area where 
small-scale farming flourished thorugh the 1920s or so, and used mattocks 
can generally be found, albeit not at every garage sale.


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA

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