A dibber or dibble is a pointed wooden stick for making holes in the ground so that seeds, seedlings or small bulbs can be planted. Dibbers come in a variety of designs including the straight dibber, T-handled dibber, trowel dibber, and L-shaped dibber.
The dibber was first recorded in Roman times and has remained mostly unchanged since. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, farmers would use long-handled dibbers of metal or wood to plant crops. One man would walk with a dibber making holes, and a second man would plant seeds in each hole and fill it in. It was not until the Renaissance that dibbers became a manufactured item, some made of iron for penetrating harder soils and clay.
A dibber is an ideal present for the gardener in your life. Made from handcrafted local native timbers (search through the box and you may be lucky to find one made from Huon Pine) by a good friend, these are ideal for making holes in the ground so that seeds, seedlings or small bulbs can be planted.
Get your dibber from the Cygnet Market or the Garden Shed and Pantry.