One awesome tool and a special rhubarb recipe to bake for Dad on Father's Day.
A garden auger is a tool designed to dig holes in the ground with precision and ease. It consists of a long, spiral-shaped metal shaft resembling a large drill bit. They are typically attached to power drills, which provide the rotational force needed to drive the auger into the soil.
Soil Preparation Made Easy: Garden augers excel in making it effortless to prepare the soil for planting bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, or trees. The rotating spiral tip cuts through the soil, creating neatly formed holes of consistent depth and diameter, providing optimal conditions for root growth.
Installing Posts and Fencing: Whether you're setting up a garden trellis, securing a fence, or constructing a pergola, augers simplify the task by efficiently drilling holes in the ground. Posts will be firmly anchored in the soil, providing stability and durability.
Aeration and Soil Amendments: Augers are valuable tools for aerating and amending the soil. By drilling holes at regular intervals, you can improve soil drainage, prevent compaction, and enhance nutrient absorption.
Garden augers come in various sizes, allowing you to select the one that suits your specific needs. They are available in both manual and powered versions, and also with detachable auger bits, enabling you to switch between hole sizes as needed.
Find the right auger for your project with this plant auger guide from Power Planter.
Recipe courtesy of Spend With Pennies
- 2 cups rhubarb chopped
- 1 ¾ cups flour all-purpose
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg beaten
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup melted butter or vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- streusel topping (below)
Streusel Topping (optional):
Combine the following with a fork until crumbly: 3 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 ½ tablespoons softened butter and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.
- 2 tablespoons pecans or chopped almonds can be added to the topping.
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease twelve muffin wells or line with paper liners.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl with a whisk.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg, milk, yogurt, vanilla, and oil.
- Add the rhubarb to the flour mixture and toss to combine. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.
- Stir just until moistened. Do not overmix the batter!
- Divide the muffin batter over 12 wells. Top with streusel topping if using.
- Bake for 16 to 19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from muffin pan and cool completely on a baking rack.