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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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[–] Nasrin 1 points (+1|-0)

To second others, I use water, a digging bar, and eventually a small tiller that is manual because of rocks and caliche. It can be exhausting, but it's worth it.

You really do need that digging bar, let the weight help carry it down. I lift mine up ridiculously high, but it gives a great force and really helps.

If you're digging for Arabian jasmine or Carolina jessamine you don't need to go too deep, you can even try a hand auger I find it insanely convenient.