One of our B. 1802 craftsmen has created a slightly more manageable dibble than will make any home gardener’s work easier. Check it out in the Mercantile by clicking here
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re sometimes a sort of perfectionists. Usually perfectionism creates more work. But sometimes we find a serendipitous approach, or tool, which actually means less work overall.
Case in point is our new dibble. Late last winter I had a little fantasy about dibbles. (Or “dibber” as they are sometimes called.) I wanted to create the ultimate dibble for our raised beds. A dibble is nothing more than a tool that creates a hole in which to drop seeds. Most dibbles only make one hole. Like this fine specimen. They’re used to poke holes in stubborn dirt for bulbs, small plants, and seeds.
But what if we created a dibble that poked dozens of perfectly spaced holes which was designed to be just the right size for our beds? Wouldn’t that make our beds look gorgeous? We would have straight grids of crops so linear that they looked like they were planted by..I dunno…a raised bed garden robot. Plus, with this level of exactitude, we’d save money on seeds…no more thinning!
As is often the case with my fantastical dream projects, the first person I called was my Dad. He gets me. Or at least when he doesn’t, he humors me. This time however, he understood what I was thinking straight away, and wasted no time in designing the perfect solution – a custom made board with 2 inch spaced protruding dowels that would press into the earth to create 187 equal depth holes waiting for seeds.
Sounds like a dream doesn’t it?
At first I thought the dibble should be large enough to do one whole bed in just one press. But Dad convinced me that such a contraption would be too heavy and unwieldy. Plus, we sometimes plant two or more crops in each bed, often at different intervals. So we settled on making a multi-pronged dibble that would cover exactly one quarter of a bed.
Here are some photos he took while constructing it. He’s a pretty darn expert craftsman, but we think you’ll be able to follow along and can probably use his same methods for constructing one of your own.
After all holes are complete, screw your two boards together – the one with holes, and the solid backing.
Next, cut 1/2 inch diameter dowels into 2 1/2 inch lengths. (1/2 inch will be inserted into dibble so that 2 inches are left protruding to make holes.)
We’ll keep you posted with shots of our dibble doings…