For those about to dibble, the 'Growster' Foot-Operated Dibbler...

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Like most people, I find the work to plant veg like leeks the necessary few inches underground, demands a fair bit of bending, kneeling, a strong dibbling action in often dry or unforgiving soil, and also a bit of muscle here and there.

It can be a tiring job, but eminently satisfying when completed of course!

This year, because the onions are struggling a bit with the dry weather, we decided to go the whole hog on more leeks, to satisfy our continual craving for soups etc in the winter months.

I eventually planted out well over 300 seedlings, in dibbled holes, and the job was made a hell of a lot easier with the dibbler attachment as shown on the pic. In fact I've used it for years, but this year it has been a godsend!

I suppose any planter type of tool would work, (like a bulb planter), but as the lawn aerator shown here is pretty useless, as it clogs up continually, I've attached the dibbler to the cross-bar with some duct tape, and it has been like that for three years, so is probably going to be a bit loose next year...

You do need to ensure that there is a bar across the top of the dibbler, to stop it pushing up, when all you want it to do is push down, which you do exactly like you would with a fork or a spade!

Bon dibbling...
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« Last Edit: May 11, 2011, 22:23 by Growster... »

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Oh growster, that's brilliant!   :lol: :lol:

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Thank you Granny!

I just like the way it takes the strain out of all thise holes...

Tonight though, while replacing a few lost souls which had succumbed to vanishing disease, I used an old screwdriver, because the dibbler was tucked up at home...

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Heath Robinson would be very proud. :)
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Thank you Ice!

You ought to see the gutter arrangement on the shed then...!;0)

I never thought you could do so much with a few bits of rainwater pipe...

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I never thought you could do so much with a few bits of rainwater pipe...
Steady on, this is a family site. :lol:

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Brilliant for those of us who can't bend much at all, but do you still have to bend to get the leek seedlings into the holes?...  :unsure:
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Thats very inventive of you Growster - I'm gonna have a go at making one myself  ;)
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Brilliant for those of us who can't bend much at all, but do you still have to bend to get the leek seedlings into the holes?...  :unsure:

I ususally kneel down to do this Argyllie, as I often do when weeding etc.

After all, why bend the old back at 'disc five' level, when a gentle action on one's knees does the trick!

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I never thought you could do so much with a few bits of rainwater pipe...
Steady on, this is a family site. :lol:

As for your reply Ice, I refer you - the Honourable Person for Northants, to the answer I gave to Argyllie above...

Hang on, that's nearly as bad...

When in  dibbled hole; stop dibbling...;0)



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