The next day I got my shovel out and gave it a go. And it came out! Great! I plonked it in a big pot I had lying around. Job done! And now I still have to get rid of the rest of the big pile of soil. I don't foresee big problems with that. So soon I will be able to sow grass! And have more lawn! My garden looks tidier every week. And it's always nice to be able to please someone else with what is no use to you! The pile had also yielded a small oak tree I had given to David. This is working out quite well!
It was interesting to lug the big plant in its big pot up the stairs. And fit it into the car! But it worked. I hope it lives happily ever after chez Phil!
Fern in pot and not on heap!