I recently went on the search for a dibble tool. What’s that? Well, it’s a very basic hand held tool that the Shaker’s used when planting seeds. It’s a wooden lathed/carved conical shaped tool with hash marks every inch. One end is sharp and the other end has the handle.
I was eager to use this to plant both transplants and seedlings. At first I thought it might be more of a novelty to use because you really just are poking holes into the ground. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much faster and cleaner I was easier to work the ground with this tool. I used it to plant 1″ deep seeds as well as used it to spear into the ground 4″ deep and work around to make a wider opening to get transplants into the ground. For example, for the pole beans, I punched a 1″ deep hole every 3″ the length of my trellis and just popped in a bean in a hole and then swept my hand over the length of it and patted it down. Done!
I found this handcrafted one on Ebay from Maine for less than $20 (that included S&H). They are not common; you definitely have to go online. “It’s a good thing”