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augerEnter your e-mail here to subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, an e-newsletter about gardening in the Washington DC metropolitan area. This monthly communication lists local gardening events, recently published gardening books, recipes, articles, and tips specific to this area. Each issue also features the opportunity to win a free plant or gardening-related product. For the upcoming December 2020 Pegplant’s Post, the giveaway is a garden auger starter pack.

The garden auger starter pack consists of two garden auger drill bits (3 x 7 inch and 2 x 7 inch) to attach to a hand powered drill. This creates a powerful soil digger that makes planting a breeze. These will fit most electric or cordless drills on the market. The Power Planter company is a third-generation family owned auger manufacturer in Illinois. The current owner’s grandfather, Wayne Niewold, started a business selling large, specialized augers for farmers to move agricultural crops. He knew a local person who knew a groundskeeper at the University of Illinois. The groundskeeper wanted an easier way to plant trees and shrubs on the campus. The mutual friend knew about Wayne’s augers and from that need arose the concept of creating smaller augers for the landscape. These innovative, smaller augers were sold under the company name of Power Planter and were the first of their kind for homeowners and landscapers. The current owner, Greg Niewold, has expanded the busines to sell online and to European markets.