Seed Sowers, Dibbers & Tampers
Tampers are used to press down the compost in pots and trays prior to sowing seeds or inserting cuttings. By pressing the compost down you create a firm, level surface and ensure there will be good contact between the seeds or cuttings. Using a tamper prior to planting will also remove any air pockets within the compost which could lead to over-saturation of roots and possible collapse of the surface compost on watering. Tampers are also known as 'Presser Boards'.
Used in a greenhouse, a small Dibber is used to make holes in compost when sowing larger seeds or cuttings. Often with a gauge along one side, the dibber is a tool which lets you create the correct depth of hole for the plants you are sowing. In the garden a Dibber is also used - this time a larger version - to create a hole when planting rows of vegetables such as brassicas or leeks. Again, these larger Dibbers often have a gauge on the side to help you plant everything to the correct depth for successful growth.