I bought a couple of cheap solar lamps for the garden but it's winter and the soil is hard. They're meant to just push in, but the base of each lamp seems to be a cheap plastic and I've already shattered one.
The spike itself is approximately 6 inches in length and tapered from a 2 inch diameter to a half inch point. It has grooves along the length to give it better purchase in the soil.
Typically, I'd use a trowel to scrape at the dirt to loosen it and then pack it around the spike, but I don't have any of my garden tools at hand (I'd expected to just be able to screw it in).
Are there any lifehacks to loosen cold, hard soil enough to insert the spike without loosening it so much the lamp just falls over?