January is a wonderful time to prepare for our spring gardens by first taking care of the tools we use.
The Fall is actually a better time to do this project but for those who ran out of time or just didn’t get around to it, this is your reminder. It happens to the best of us.
By keeping your tools clean, sharpened and stored properly, you add years to the life your tools and keep your money in your pocket longer by not having to replace them so frequently.
If you don’t have a lot of time at one setting, do one tool daily, weekly etc. otherwise do them all at once.
- Take a large bucket and fill with sand. You can buy a tube of sand at your local home repair store or
- Wash each tool in hot soapy water and a rinse each tool in a bucket filled with hot water and a
little bleach. I use 2 tbsp. of bleach per gallon of water. The bleach will kill any bacteria and or
fungi or virus’s that may have invaded your garden last year and attached themselves to your tools.
- Dry each tool well with a soft cloth.
For items such as shovels, clippers etc… dip them into the sand several times then hang them up
until ready to use. This gives them a sharper edge. Keep the bucket of sand for the garden season
and be sure to dip your tools in it after each use. It will clean off dirt residue and keep your tools
- If your shovel etc… need sharpening do this now by running them over a grinding stone or use your
hand grinder carefully to sharpen the blades and forego the sand.
Finish by putting a light coat of mineral oil on the metal and wood parts of your tools. It nourishes the wood and will help to keep your metals from rusting.
Now your tools will be bright and shiny, sharpened and ready for you come spring.
And there is nothing better than being able to get into your garden in the Spring with clean and shiny tools.
IS IT Spring Yet???