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    Dibbles

    Real quick after work project, my mom had asked if I could make her a couple and so I made a few extra so she'd have some left once my aunt grabbed the first batch.

    Still playing with the handle shapes, a bit too much unsupported end grain on a couple there, although they're also the more comfortable of the smaller ones (the ball end seems better for the bigger ones).

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    It's fun to just dabble with dibbles... good job.
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    Beauties, Ryan. I think that unsupported end grain will do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Beauties, Ryan. I think that unsupported end grain will do just fine.
    That's what I thought but one chipped out a bit so I had to carve the two sides to match (vague approximation of intentionality) so that one at least was a wee bit too far. These are lyptus though which is a nice wood for this because it's hard and rot resistant but fairly brittle so you have to give it a bit more support than say white oak.

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    Those are very classy. Some dibbles have lines around them at 1" intervals so the dibber can see how deep a hole she's making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    Those are very classy. Some dibbles have lines around them at 1" intervals so the dibber can see how deep a hole she's making.
    Hey that's a good idea and I'm stealing it.

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    Those are neat looking! I am now going to show my ignorance and ask what they are used for.

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    me too what is a dibble?

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    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hoskins View Post
    Those are neat looking! I am now going to show my ignorance and ask what they are used for.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    me too what is a dibble?

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    i googled it. they are used to make a hole in the ground for planting bulbs and seedlings.
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    noun: dibble; plural noun: dibbles
    1. a pointed hand tool for making holes in the ground for seeds or young plants.

    verb: dibble; 3rd person present: dibbles; past tense: dibbled; past participle: dibbled; gerund or present participle: dibbling
    1. make (a hole) in soil with a dibble.

    They're most useful for planting things like bulbs and small tubers but small ones can be handy for small numbers bigger seeds as well (like corn or peas). For really small seeds or planting large amounts of larger seeds I generally prefer the trench and cover method. Part of the trick is to make them pointy enough that they go in well, but not so pointy that the bottom of the hole is to small for the plant (although you can swirl it about a bit to open up the hole a little that's extra work). The handle should be nice to grab ahold of and not have any significant pressure points. You'll see them with a variety of designs (we also have a larger one shaped like a T with the handle being the top) and sizes depending on what folks want them for.

    For planting a whole lot of stuff (like large beds of garlic) you'll often see a bunch of pegs mounted into the bottom of a board so you can make a whole bunch of holes at once. A coworker recently started a small garlic business and I was explaining to him how to make one with 2x36 holes and longer handles so you can place the holes standing up and stomping on the board with your foot. He figured that making that was unnecessary effort at first but after the first weekend planting he had make one with handles and was walking a bit straighter than he had before

    Here's a neat example for a raised bed..
    http://beekman1802.com/a-homemade-dibble/

    And if you're planning on going into serious garlic production (found via web search but I've seen other rotary marking "dibbles" like this before as well):
    http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussi...arlic-planting

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