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How to Make a Dibble (Mittleider Gardening)

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


When I first saw the word Dibble written in the Mittleider Gardening Course book. I thought “What on earth is that?” As I continued to read I found that I had been using rudimentary “Dibbles” for years. A Dibble is a long pointy object used to gently remove young seedlings for transplanting. In the past, I had used pencils or old knitting needles for this. But now with the course book’s directions, I had the exact directions of how to make an official Dibble of my own.

Dibble Supplies

1/2 inch dowel

Measuring Tape

Miter Saw

Belt sander or 1/2-inch carpenter pencil sharpener

Pencil

Wood Burner (optional)


Directions


A measuring tape next to a dowel that is marked at 6 inches for making a dibble for the Mittleider Gardening system
measure 6 inches


A mitersaw used to cut a dowel that is marked at 6 inches for making a dibble for the Mittleider Gardening system
cut at mark

Begin making the dibble by marking and cutting the dowel at the 6-inch mark.

I decided to add depth markers to mine so I marked also marked the 1, 2, and 3-inch depths.


a belt sander used to sharpen a dowel for making a dibble for the Mittleider Gardening system
create a blunted tip

I then used a belt sander to create a pointed end. You could use a carpenter’s pencil sharpener for this. (I was going to but found that mine was just a little too small for my dowel.)


lines on a dowel that is depth marked at 1, 2, and 3 inches for making a dibble for the Mittleider Gardening system
burn in depth markers

Then I used a wood burner (actually I used my husband’s soldering iron) to burn over the depth marks I made, making them more permanent.


This is a super easy project to do. I can’t wait to see if it works better than my knitting needles.


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