Post Hole Digger?
Posted March 30, 2011 - 02:31 PM
Monday night the wife informed me, that she was spending a fortune buying Rasberries, Grapes and Strawberries each year(yeah I knew it but love berries so never complained). Now that we had room we are going to plant 2 - 30 ft rows of each kind she can find.
Well the Grapes and Rasberries would have to be trellised which means I'm going to have 20-30 post holes to dig this spring.
Since I have fence only along 1 side of my 8 acres(that need repair or replacement) there is likely to be a lot more holes needing dug.
I am considering investing in one of the 1 man gas powered diggers.
What do you reccomend and or use?
Posted March 30, 2011 - 02:49 PM
I guess it would all depend on the type of soil you have....
Posted April 01, 2011 - 12:22 AM
They work on a hydraulic drive, which is beautiful because if it gets stuck you can usually put it in reverse to get it out of the hole. They don't pound you as badly if you hit a rock or root (they do still pound you a bit though). They are also pretty easy to wheel around (some models have hydraulic drive for the wheels too, but mine doesn't) and fit into pretty tight spaces. The motor acts as a counter balance when lifting out of the hole too, so they aren't that hard on your back. In the soil around here, and because I work in people's yards where space is often at a premium, it's the best I've found.
Posted April 01, 2011 - 05:32 AM
Posted April 01, 2011 - 11:03 AM
Posted April 01, 2011 - 08:19 PM
I don't get back to town early enough to pick up a machine. Plus they run on bankers hours close at 2:oo Saturday afternoon.
Have no decisions made yet and this can wait a couple months. I can plant the berries and it will be a couple months before they will need trellising.
Posted April 03, 2011 - 02:31 PM
Posted April 03, 2011 - 04:18 PM
It it was me, I'd just drive in steel T-bars and then wire whatever kind of trellis that I felt I needed to the T-bars. You could put trellis on both sides of the T-bars and then plant berries on both sides as long as you orient them east /west to so that one side does not shade out the other. There are several types of wire mesh that come in rolls plus there is also plastic lattice in 4 x 8 sheets.
You can either buy or rent a post driver to install the T-bars. If you have to move them later on, then T-bars are much easier to move and far faster to install. Just my opinion but I think that you are making this project far more expensive and work intensive than it needs to be. It's a veggie garden, not a flower garden. Cheap and fast are the two principles that I adhere to. The crops don't care if you gold-plate those posts.
Posted April 04, 2011 - 09:53 PM