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I'm going to plant a Jasmine so I can have it along one wall in my garden (it's for my bees) but the soil in my yard is all clay and rocks, I have compost and a worm farm so the soil quality won't be an issue it's just digging the hole that's the problem.

Any other time I've had to dig into the soil it's taken days of wetting it and digging it out bit by bit with a spade but that's only been to put posts in for the bee hive to rest on (a fairly narrow but deep hole). Anything else not in pots has been on a layer of soil built on top of the ground but that won't work for where the jasmine is going.

Any tips would be helpful, I've looked around but the tips are for men and I'm not very strong.

I'm going to plant a Jasmine so I can have it along one wall in my garden (it's for my bees) but the soil in my yard is all clay and rocks, I have compost and a worm farm so the soil quality won't be an issue it's just digging the hole that's the problem. Any other time I've had to dig into the soil it's taken days of wetting it and digging it out bit by bit with a spade but that's only been to put posts in for the bee hive to rest on (a fairly narrow but deep hole). Anything else not in pots has been on a layer of soil built on top of the ground but that won't work for where the jasmine is going. Any tips would be helpful, I've looked around but the tips are for men and I'm not very strong.

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[–] boogerita 4 points (+4|-0)

I like to use water and a digging bar. It does take strength to break up the clay and then you’d have to shovel it out. Also you could use a trench hoe and pull the dirt out as you chop it.

I just had a look at my local hardware store, they have a digging bar and a trench hoe in stock so I can try both before I resort to getting outside help. Thank you.

[–] boogerita 1 points (+1|-0)

Awesome! The digging bar is crucial if you have hard clay soul