By Erin Huffstetler | 03/28/2013 | 6 Comments
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See that funny looking tool pictured above? It’s what’s been missing from your life. It’s called a dibble, and it makes planting your garden a breeze. Just stamp it into the soil, and it gives you holes that are the perfect depth and spacing for what you’re planting. Pretty spiffy, eh?
I have a bunch of onion sets that I need to plant, so I asked my husband to make me a dibble built to their planting specs – it makes holes that are four inches apart and two-inches deep.
If you’re a square foot gardener, you can cover all of your planting with just three dibbles: a 4-hole, 9-hole and 16-hole.
Here’s what you can plant with each one:
Printable Dibble Planting Guide
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Have I convinced you of your need for a dibble? If so, here are the instructions:
How to Make a Dibble
What You’ll Need:
(2) 3/4″ x 1′ x 1′ boards
(1) 3/4″ x 3′ wooden dowel
(4) 1-1/4″ wood screws
A drawer pull
3/4″ drill bit
A pen, pencil or marker
Mitre box (optional)
What You Do:
Place one of your 3/4″ x 1 x 1 boards on your work surface. Find it’s center; then mark where the dowels will need to go by measuring out from this point. I wanted a dibble with four inch spacing, so we ended up with nine marked spots.
Drill all the way through the board at the marked spots.
Cut (9) 2-3/4″ wooden dowels.
Attach your board with the holes to the other 3/4″ x 1 x 1 board with wood screws.
Put a generous amount of wood glue on the ends of the dowels; twist them into the holes; wipe off the excess glue; and let dry.
Attach the handle to the back of your dibble, and it’s ready for use!
To Use Your Dibble
Loosen the soil in the section of the garden that you’re ready to plant, stamp your dibble into the freshly worked soil. Then, drop your seeds, bulbs or sets into the awaiting holes; cover; and you’re done!