Garden Tools - Dibber


A dibber is used to pre-form holes in soil for planting out vegetables such as brassicas and leeks.

They are quite useful in fairly loose soil, but not necessarily so, in stiff / hard clay.

To alleviate this problem some dibbers are fitted with steel tips.

Others may have graduation marks cut into the shaft to assist in determining planting depths.

Steel Tipped Type

History has it that dibbers in the form of a pointed stick have been in use since Roman times, and have remained mostly unchanged since.

Probably the main differences today is that they are often formed of hardwood that has been turned smooth on a lathe and had a 'Tee' handle fitted.

Alternatively the handle is made of moulded plastic.

A recycled broken spade / fork shaft that has been hewn to a point makes for a cheap alternative.

Pro's and Cons:

When planting seed potatoes, dibbers can have their drawbacks, e.g.

In conclusion this tool has its uses, but a hand trowel is often the better option.

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