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Imagesallyg
Dec 22, 2010 11:24 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Allison- THats an Earth Machine. You'll never be able to shovel the stuff out of the trap door. Just fill it awhile, and then at some point pick up the whole thing, set it alongside, and fork the dry or unrotted stuff back into the Earth Machine and shovle up some good compost from the center of what was the pile. Right now mine is stuffed with leaves kitchen waste and some manure. It oughta cook good when the weather warms up a little.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageOnewish1
Dec 23, 2010 5:44 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
thanks... I will do that
ImageNJBob
Oct 12, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Just wondering if anyone has used one of the garden/bulb augers that attach to your drill for deep fertilizing and bulb planting. Are they any good.
Imagestormyla
Oct 12, 2011 5:41 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Bob, I have. They are not very easy for me to control. Your forearm might be stronger than mine. Every time you hit a rock or a tree root they kick back and give your arm and shoulder a real jolt. Even DSO didn't like that. If I would use one again it would only be for big lily bulbs.

If the soil is dry, it flies everywhere, so wear some goggles and a mask or you will be tasting dirt for a while. For other larger bulbs I usually dig a hole and plant five or six bulbs together. It's easier to use a shovel for that. Tiny bulbs I plant with my dibbler.
ImageNJBob
Oct 12, 2011 6:55 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Thanks for the reply. What I want to do is feed a Big old Hemlock on my front lawn.
Imagestormyla
Oct 12, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
It will work for that. Just use it carefully. Do you ever feed your trees or shrubs mycorrhizza?
ImageNJBob
Oct 12, 2011 7:20 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Never heard of it so just looked it up . Looks like it would be good to use when first planting or reworking an area. I use Holly tone on most of the shrubs.
Imagestormyla
Oct 12, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
It is the most important soil amendment you could ever use in your plantings. It will help your plants take up and use whatever nutrients you give them. If you do not disturb the soil after you first apply it, you should never have to apply it again. It is very good for trees. I use it in everything perennial and some foods.
ImageNJBob
Oct 17, 2011 3:08 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
I got the auger and was able to plant almost 200 bulbs in a little over an hour.
Imagestormyla
Oct 17, 2011 3:43 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That is pretty quick work Bob! Good for you! Thumbs up

Did you get the short one of one of the longer ones with the auger on the end?
ImageNJBob
Oct 17, 2011 7:40 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
It's 22 inches long with auger on the end from Lowes. 15 dollars not bad for all the time it saved.
Imagestormyla
Oct 17, 2011 8:51 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No it's not. That was the type that I used. Last year a neighbor came by and gave me one of the very long ones, which is good for the aching back!

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