Above: A trusty Cornish shovel. I had never used one of these until I started at Heligan and I have never looked back! I found the technique quite hard to master at first but once I got the hang of it, digging became incredibly satisfying - you can cover ground far more quickly with less effort. They key is to keep your back straight and take the strain in your arms and stomach muscles. Some people also turn the shovel over their upper leg. I dug over the whole tunnel with one this winter and it really saved my back!

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  1. it might be the tea i had this morning, but that shovel is smiling at me....Hey Anna, love what you are doing here and more out there with the soils and what limited sunshine you guys have....cant wait to hang out later this year, till then, mucho smiles and happiness.

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