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Looking After Tools for the Garden

Saturday, January 5, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Whoops, I’ve just noticed that on the 10 Gardener’s New Year’s Resolutions Philly posted less than a week ago, number seven was completely missing! I haven’t spoken to her for a couple of days, so I haven’t had a chance to ask her what it was. As the days are at their shortest and the bog-like conditions are making it very difficult to get out and dig, I’m going to make my own “number 7″ resolution up!

7. I will look after my tools for the garden

It’s one of those rather unglamorous resolutions, that would make life a lot easier, as well as saving a fair bit of money in the end, because, I am embarrassed to admit,  I rarely look after my tools in the way I should , so early january is a good moment to have a blitz on everything in your shed (or in my case the garage).

 

Dirty tools for the garden

They’re a disgrace!

 

Here’s what I’m going to do:

1. Brush the excess mud of with a stiff brush, then wash the blades in soapy water

2. Wipe all of the wooden handles with a cloth and dry them before oiling the handles with a good slosh of linseed oil.

3. Rub the oily cloth over all the metal blades

4. Order a tool rack, so that we can store them off the ground. I’ve chosen this one from Burgon and Ball, it comes with clips for 5 tools which will be good enough for the time being as we like to store the hand tools in a wire under bench rack. If I order any more tools over the season (there are a couple of things I have my eye on!) I can always buy additional clips, which make it a pretty adaptable purchase

A rack for tools for the garden

Then I will hang them up and they will look brand new ;-)

4. Check that the lawnmower is in good working order – so that if it needs to be serviced, we can get it done in good time for the spring.

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