Tools

Preparing the garden for winter

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   Are your shovels sharpened? Your pruners cleaned? Lawn mowers and tillers settled in for a long winter’s nap?

   It is that time of year again – at last. Even my gardening enthusiasm leaves me tired at this end of the gardening season.

Preparing tools for winter

   It is time to tidy up the tools of the trade and put them away. For pruners, shears, nippers and saws, clean them and then spray them with WD-40 to keep the blades from rusting over the winter. Using fine grit sandpaper, sand down wooden handles and rub a light coat of oil suitable for wood handles into the wood. Check the tangs (tongues) on rakes and trowels to make sure they are firmly seated.

Make Your Garden Age Friendly

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Gardening is good for the body, heart and soul. Exercise keeps the body fit. The heart enjoys the beauty as a natural reward to all the hard work and the soul is satisfied to nurture something outside itself.

As we grow older the body tends to wear out before our ideas and love of gardening do. My great grandmother gardened the summer of her 96th year and I hope to do the same.

How do you keep the joy in and aches out? You may have to rethink how you garden. Begin by making things easy for yourself.

Preparing the garden for winter

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   Are your shovels sharpened? Your pruners cleaned? Lawn mowers and tillers settled in for a long winter’s nap?

   It is that time of year again – at last. Even my gardening enthusiasm leaves me tired at this end of the gardening season.

   It is time to tidy up the tools of the trade and put them away. For pruners, shears, nippers and saws, clean them and then spray them with WD-40 to keep the blades from rusting over the winter. Using fine grit sandpaper, sand down wooden handles and rub a light coat of oil suitable for wood handles into the wood. Check the tangs (tongues) on rakes and trowels to make sure they are firmly seated.