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Garden Dibbler Dibber

Dibber Buying Guide

The Garden Tool Used For Centuries

We’ve all used many different things to make holes in the ground for seeds or bulbs. I know I have. Nothing has been off limits: a stick, screwdriver, dowel, shovel handle, and yes, even a finger. But a dibber, also known as a Garden Dibberdibbler or dibble, is a garden tool made for this very purpose. Its first recorded use was back in roman times, usually made from old tool handles, and its design has not really changed.

What Are Dibbers Made Of?

Dibbers are made of all different types or materials, including wood, metal and plastic. It is all a matter of preference which one you would like in the garden. I use a wood dibber for my outdoor bulb planting, and a nice small plastic one for inside seed planting. Here are the attributes of a quality dibber in the modern age, and one any gardener would appreciate:

  • Made of a solid hardwood (maple or mahogany) to last in outside work
  • A solid wood dibber handle for leverage in making deep holes or penetrating hard soil.
  • A pointed tip to keep going and going
  • Turned wood handle for aesthetics
  • Thick wood for a solid grip

Are There Different Types of Dibbers?

The Plastic Dibber

The Plastic Dibber

This small dibble is great for seed tray work, or working with small seeds. They are relatively cheap, and will last as long as you dont leave them in the sun. Call me a traditionalist though…I like my wood turned dibber 😉

The Steel Tipped Dibble

The Steel Tipped Dibble

Ah, the modern dibber. This dibber is a low cost option for those with hard soil or small hands. Its steel tip wont get worn down over time, and it provides a great set of uses out in the garden. Click the image for more info.

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The Wood Turned Dibber

The Wood Turned Dibber

The wood turned dibber is popular for its aesthetics and durability. Typically made of hardwood (maple or mahogany) it is crafted to be an heirloom, and be passed down to generations of gardeners. We make our own and use these on our farm and in our garden. Click the image for more info.

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What are Dibbers/Dibbles Used For?

I know we use ours on the farm constantly (I just used it for planting Ranunculus and Anemone today), and after a 1000 bulbs, i am thankful for this handy tool. But its not only for planting. Here are all the uses for a dibber:

  • To make holes in soil for seed planting
  • To make holes in soil for bulb planting
  • To break up potted plant roots before planting in the garden
  • To clean dirt from tubers
  • For leverage in propagation with large roots.
  • To aerate the soil around a plant
  • To create deep water holes for plants in hot climates

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