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Time to plant pole beans. The packet of beans say to plant them 2 inches apart and 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches deep. Normally I would just stick my fingure in the dirt and guess but this year I wanted to be better and really know why things were growing and not growing so I made two tools, one to space and make the proper depth holes and the other to help clean the holes incase they collapse before I get the seed in it.
Having a few woodworking tools helped but a couple of hand tools will work to make these.
The one that looks like a handleless rack is made of 3/4 inch oak board with 1/2 inch oak dowels, pointed and cut to length and the dribbler, (I think that is what it is called) is made from a dead elm tree branch that I just pruned. I put two coats of floor wax on each tool so to help stop the dirt from sticking.
To use, I push the rake looking thing into the soil and give it a couple of wiggles and pull it out. As in the picture there are nearly perfectly spaced and perfectly deep holes that are ready to drop the beans into.

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11



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Kindlingmaker

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hardiness zone 11

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Kindlingmaker

39 posts in 2113 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 528 days ago

Oh, The blue tape on the dribbler is set at the planting depth. Since making this tool I have used it for several other planting depths by changing the position of the tape. the next one I make will have depth rings cut into it.

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2607 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 528 days ago

I like your handy bean planting tool.
I do the old “dig a trench, drop some seeds, cover the trench” method but this is much more accurate!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1869 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 528 days ago

That looks like a very handy tool, Kindlingmaker. Let us know if you find that the tool improves your harvest over hand planting. I was visiting the Antelope Valley last week and the weather was glorious. I weeded my mom’s rose garden in bare feet, a t-shirt and shorts, only to come back to a winter storm that dropped sixteen inches of snow on us. sigh I am glad you are able to get out and start planting.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Kindlingmaker

39 posts in 2113 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 528 days ago

MsDebbie – As you know one of my other passions is woodworking. There seems to be more chores than time to play in the woodshop so making the tools served both.

Radicalfarmergal – I didn’t think anyone knew where the Antelope Valley was except aerospace people.

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1869 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 528 days ago

My dad worked as a physicist for NASA at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, so I grew up in the Antelope Valley. I guess that makes me a sort-of aerospace person. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1987 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 528 days ago

Excellent dibber tools!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Iris43

3807 posts in 2236 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 528 days ago

Oh! That is a nifty tool! :D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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OttoH

140 posts in 1646 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 525 days ago

Mighty Cool Tool, anyone that doesn’t like it would be a Fool. Great designs, especially the bean planter, better watch out the next thing you know it will be offered at the high end gardening stores!

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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