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RE: Re: lefty's and plum trees?

And I thought I was the only one to use both feet trying to get the blade to
sink deeper than an inch in dry clay!  LOL!!!  Well, you know sometimes we
"little people" need to compensate for a lack of oomph with determination.
I can did with either foot (in other than hardened clay) but usually end up
using both feet anyway.  The thing is, I do only use my right foot for the
garden fork.  I don't quite understand why I treat it differently than a

Speaking of which, I bent my garden fork trying to get one of those plastic
tree rings (that you can fill with mulch for looks) and found that even my
garden fork couldn't separate the soil from the tree ring.  Who knew that a
plum tree would send out a MAJOR root over the top of the ring and back out
through a drainage hole into the soil like a staple?  Are plum roots
normally that aggressive?  I had planned to plant around the base of this
plum tree, but now I'm not sure anything will grow for all that aggressive
rooting near and at the surface of the soil.  Can I plant there?  Was this
thing with the tree ring a rarity?

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of gardenqueen@academicplanet.com
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 10:13 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] lefty's

Left foot.  If the clay resists, I jump on it w/ both feet.  Requires decent
balance but I've been doing it for years.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: 6/25/2004 8:54:44 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] lefty's

> In a message dated 06/25/2004 9:27:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> L_Valentine@adelphia.net writes:
> Just for fun, when digging a hole, which foot do you put on the shovel to
> step down on it?
> Don't dig holes.  That's what I keep a man around for.
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