Fork’ing Weather…

hi people…. ok as many of you know, the weather has been hot ! oh dear, well, erm, very hot i suppose, hot equals the parched and baked ground, which means the ground is rock solid, bl****y hard actually “lets face it” its no fun hurling your spade at the ground with only a little chip or a loose stone to flick off, i have the toughest spades ever made, but these are no match for these ground conditions, so what is the answer, my suggestion is to use a ladys border fork, these are the smaller sisters to the bigger digging forks, it does not guarantee that your digging into hard ground will become a 100% easier, but it makes life a lot more tolerable out in the field, I have been using these little light weight border forks “forever” it seems…

I assume it works because there is only a small area to strike the hard compacted ground, as each of the tines work interdependently pecking away at an area, but concentrated on the bigger area created by the other three tines… even by purchasing a top quality & purpose built spade like this one from     JR Stainless, does not guarantee results in a hard and unforgiven ground, if anything the end results are your wrists and elbows being jarred & your temper frayed on those long hot digs, by reverting to the  lady’s border fork it makes a hard and arduous job just that bit more tolerable…

Once the hole is started then it becomes easier, to increase the size due to the underlying soil being a lot softer, some people cut the two outer tines off, i personally don’t agree that anything is made easier, if anything your reducing an area already small to something smaller, so maybe keep the fork as it is, just a thought… good hunting…

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