The Harvesting History Heirloom Dibber

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The Harvesting History Heirloom Dibber

Our Dibber consists of two parts: a 10-inch, stainless steel, pointed plunger which is sturdily connected to a rounded, 5-inch wide polished hardwood handle and secured with a screw.

This dibber is manufactured by Burgon & Ball, perhaps the oldest hand tool manufacturer in the world and endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, perhaps the ultimate accolade in the gardening world.

This dibber is invaluable for planting seeds, seedlings and bulbs. Ergonomically designed, the sharp-tipped dibber glides effortlessly into all soils, helped by the smooth stainless steel finish which simply slides past hidden stones, roots and other unseen obstacles. So much easier than digging individual holes!

The Harvesting History Heirloom Dibber

The Dibber may be the simplest of all gardening hand tools. It has one function and that is to poke holes in soil in order to plant something: seeds, seedlings, bulbs, etc. Possibly because of its simplicity, the Dibber has remained virtually unchanged since Roman times. This tool has more names than it does functions. In Britain it is called a Dibble and throughout the European Community and the Americas it is called a Dibber.

In the 1400s, the tool is mentioned in various horticultural documents, and in the 1700s and 1800s farmers developed long handled dibbers. One farmer would walk in front of a second farmer. The first farmer would plunge the dibber into the soil and then the second farmer would place a seed, bulb or seedling in the hole and fill the hole with soil. In the late 1800s the first stainless steel dibbers were introduced, and they began to dominate the market. Today dibbers with stainless steel points or pointed shafts made entirely of stainless steel are the way the tool is constructed.

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