Looking After Tools for the Garden
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).
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
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.