Posted: 17/05/2013 at 11:51
I dug out some bamboo last year and it was an absolute killer. I ended up breaking my spade in half. The only way I could do it was to buy something which I think is commonly known as a 'Fencer's Grafter'. It is like a long handled all metal spade with a narrow head. It is the thing that contractors use when digging holes for fence posts.
It set be back about £30 from the local fencing supplies place. I think you will struggle to find one at a garden centre or DIY store. It is however almost unbreakable and so worth considering if you want to keep your other tools in one piece.
It was however still incredibly hard work and so, unless you are up for a challenge, it may be worth scanning the classifieds in the local paper. Lots of brawn and little brains required.