If you are a new gardener then you might have heard people refer to a dibber but have no idea what this tool is or what it is used for. Well if so this guide is for you, I will tell you all you need to know about dibbers and why you might want to add one to your gardening arsenal.
What Is A Dibber Used For?
A dibber is used when transplanting seedlings and planting bulbs. It is used to make a hole in the soil that you then plant your seedling or bulb into.
Dibbers are a very simple tool that does one main job and does it really well. They normally have a T-shaped handle and a long stem with a metal point at one end.
You push the metal point into your soil to make a small hole which you can then slip a seedling into. brush some soil into the hole around the seedling and you are done.
There are dibbers of different lengths that allow you to go deeper, some may even have depth markings down the side of the tool so you know how deep you are planting your seedlings.
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While this is what most people mean when they say dibber, there are different dibbers available. They are essentially the exact same thing but smaller or larger depending on the task they intend to be used for.
Just like a regular dibber but scaled down. These are usually very small and made from plastic.
As the name would suggest you use these dibbers when planting seeds. Dib a small hole with the end of your tool and then pop your seed in and cover it up.
For regular one seed at a time dibbers this really doesn’t make sense to me as your finger is already a perfect dibber, so why spend the money?
Where it does work though is with dedicated seed tray and dibber combos. These dibbers are made for the seed tray and dib all your holes in one go.
This makes sure you space your seeds evenly and also saves you time, a real win-win.
Not strictly a dibber but this tool carries the exact same principles. It is used to make a hole in the garden that you then plant bulbs into.
These make a bigger hole than a dibber and are usually a metal tool rather than a wooden tool.
- Stainless steel body
- Adjustable handle for easier release of soil during use
- Spring loaded adjustable handle for faster and easier release of soil
- Depth measuring aid
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You can also find bulb planters with a really long handle. This allows them to be used from a standing position which is great for gardeners who don’t like bending or can’t bend down anymore.
Other Uses For Dibbers
Dibbers can also make useful tools for drawing outlines in your soil, lightly drag the dibber across the soil to make a mark.
This can be useful for arranging where you are going to plant certain things in the garden.
You can also use them as spacing tools to help correctly space your crops. You can use the full length of your dibber and once you know the length use that as a spacing tool.
You can also draw some lines on your dibber at consistent intervals so you can use it for all different spacings.
You can also use a dibber to make shallow drills for planting seedlings. Use the dibber to push out the soil, scatter in your seeds and then push the soil back over the top.