Dibbling In Your Garden

dibble board


Build A Dibble Board
If your one of those that want and insist that every plant be perfectly spaced, ‘yea’ I’m talking mostly to all the square foot garden fanatics. Nothing against square foot gardens or even those that believe you ‘must’ have raised beds to grow a few vegetables. This little gadget may be just what you have been looking for.

Build A Dibble Board Check out ‘gardeninggrrl’ blog for a lot of pictures and building instructions.

Keep in mind you may need two or even three of every dibble board. Most garden seeds need to be planted 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch or 1 inch deep. Seed planted 1 inch deep that ‘should have been planted 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep may never break through the soil to see the light of day. In this event you have wasted your time, water and seed.

Grinning, My dibble board consist of placing my seed on the ground at my desired spacing, using my finger to press the seed into the soil to the proper planting depth, cover my finger dibble hole with soil, then wait for them to germinate! I seem to never spaced seeds to far apart, and if they look crowed, I do know how to pull up {thin out} excess plants.

Is a raised bed garden truly best for you? Most likely it ‘only’ makes you feel better about how your garden bed(s) look. Advantages to raised bed gardening are few. Raised beds provide good drainage, contain your garden to nice looking little square or rectangle plots. Raised beds allow [require] you to control fertilizers and watering better or at least as well as direct soil plantings. Weed control ‘may’ be a bit easier. Raised bed planting has the disadvantages of more frequent watering during dry periods during the growing season and the cost of filling your beds with large quantities of compost, soil-less growing medium and require the use of more frequent use of commercially made or organic fertilizers. Few vegetables root zone(s) penetrate more than 3 or 4 inches deep into the soil where they are planted.

furrow planting

furrow planting

Furrow Planting Farmers over the last 8,000 years have devised main 3 planting methods to maximize water usage and fertilizer to produce the most vegetables at the lowest cost on the least amount of land.

Furrow planting is common in areas with enough rain to produce a crop but with the need to conserve as much soil moisture as possible.

bed planting
Bed Planting provides additional root zone drainage as well as providing a reservoir to hold moisture near the plants root zone for a longer period of time after irrigation or rains. Bed planting act much like raised bed planting without all the cost of construction of bed boxes and the cost of filling raised beds with soil/soil mixes.

Minimum till planting is a method that has been used for thousands of years and in the past few years has been rediscovered by farmers in the USA and the UK as well as many other developed countries.

In minimum till planting, last years crop stubble is left in the field to prevent or minimize soil erosion from winds and heavy rain water run off and reduces soil drying by providing ground cover {mulch}. At planting time, seeds are planted on flat ground without removing old crop stubble.

What gardening method is best for you? That is a decision that only you can decide. Using raised beds, furrow, bed or minimum till planting is mostly {for home gardeners} a personal choice dictated by ‘your’ garden plots size, location and amount of time and effort you are willing and able to put into your home garden.

No matter what method you choose, keep an open mind and consider other gardening methods if the way you are doing it now fails to produce as much as you feel that it can and should be producing. The old worn out, I have always done it this way is not an acceptable answer to resolving a gardening problem.

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8 responses to “Dibbling In Your Garden

  1. I made a raised cedar bed on the side of the house this year b/c my soil is bad – clay and huge roots all over the place. and the yard is not sunny enough out back. I put the square foot plan in action. Really I just used that to see how many seeds to plant of each veggy. Here’s hoping!

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    • In my opinion, I must stress this is only my personal opinion. My money is better spent investing in improving my existing poor soil opposed to building a artificial plant growing environment.
      In my opinion, direct soil planted gardens require less tap water, less artificial (man made) fertilizers.
      However not everyone is as lucky as I am in having ample space to garden.
      Happy gardening


  2. There is one big reason to use raised beds: physical ability. As we age, knees, ankles, and hips may limit our ability to get up (if not down and up) from the ground; also, for the wheelchair bound or walker dependent gardeners, raised beds are a blessing and allow continued pleasurable (and therapeutic) activity.


  3. I guess I use a dibble stick for really small seeds like poppies.

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    • 😦 Between not having the feeling in by fingers and my not as good as it once was eye sight, small seeds are a real problem for me to plant.

      Happy gardening


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