Garden Tool Maintenance – Taking Care of all Of your Gardening Tools Year Around

Garden Tool Maintenance For Dummies
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Making Your Garden Tools Last Takes a Proper Maintenance Program

Spring is finally creeping up on us and with it comes the time to check over all of your garden tools and make sure they are up to the task. If you had taken the time to prepare them for storage at the end of last summer, this shouldn’t be a problem.Sharpening Hoe k them in the shed or garage. With this in mind, join me as I take you through preparing your tools for storage and taking care them throughout the year.

It is Only Natural to Have a Large Collection

If you are like most avid gardeners, you have managed to acquire an extensive collection of garden tools. I know we have invested a pretty hefty chunk of money in garden tools. Unless you plan to continuously replace your tools as they fall apart, you need to institute a proper and regular maintenance program.Garden Tool Maintenance For Dummies e of your garden tools, they will not last.

Whenever you have a hobby that requires specific tools, there is nothing better than spending that little bit extra to buy good quality tools. While it might require spending a little extra in the beginning, I find the payoff is not only having tools that will last longer, but in having tools that will make each task a little easier.

Just as the chef keeps his knives sharp, you will find keeping your garden tools clean, properly sharpened and ready to use makes gardening far more fun. Our newly sharpened hoe cuts down weeds far more effectively and churns up the soil in far less time.Garden Tool Maintenance eds faster with less effort. You can’t do this with cheap tools any more than you can with tools that are not properly taken care of.

The best part is that it does not have to take hours to care for your collection of hand tools, it only takes a few minutes for each tool. But that few minutes of your time can provide you with tools that last a lifetime.

Starting with the Handles

Wood Handles:

Chances are good that most of your garden tools have wood handles, some are short such as your garden fork, and others like those on your rake or hoe are much longer. Long or short the handles must all be taken care of if you don’t want splinters in your hands. Each handle should be sanded smooth at least once per year. Clean the dirt and grime off each handle using a damp cloth, and set them aside to dry.

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London tips

1.The London Eye
2.Go to Hampton Court, go there on a riverboat from Westmister or wherever you are in central london, it's a great thing to do. Henry 8th lived there.
3.Go to Portobello Road Market on saturday: clothes , antiques, stuff, junk, records, books, it's brilliant. Go to Notting Hill tube station and follow crowds
4. Walk through Hyde Park, end up at Speakers Corner, an old traditional thing, people stand on boxes and talk, and crowds gather. Continue on to Piccadilly and windiw shop the whole day, End up in Covent garden and see a show at night,
5. National Gallery, National Prtrait Gallery, Tate Modern Gallery

London in 48 hours

Saturday: Portobello Road market( Nottinghill gate)
any other dat:
National Portrait gellery
pie and mash in the east end
brick lane market
Harrods food halls
Saturday and sunday:Camden Market
if you like food: 68 Royal Hospital Road ( that is the name of the restaurant, maybe the best in Europe one of the best in World)
Dickens walk, on the south bank, takes ou through cobbled streets and stuff, great fun way to see good old bits of London.
London Eye
Riverboat trip down to Hampton Court ( henry 8th lived there) and spend few hours, come back on boat have pub lunch at Hammersmith ( need a nice day to do this)
Chinatown and Covent Garden
DON'T miss national Theatre and National Film Theatre both in same place on...

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  • Avatar belladonnadeadlynightshade Do you have any of the old fashioned eco friendly skills?
    Nov 03, 2007 by belladonnadeadlynightshade | Posted in Other - Environment

    A lot of the skills that used to be used are very eco friendly. Do you have any of these eco friendly skills? Do you still use them?

    I am thinking about the old skills which used things they had to hand, bec …ies, trailers,
    making own gardening implements/tools
    bee keeping, making beeswax products
    rag rug making, darning - who can darn now?

    Any other old fashioned eco friendly skills you have?

    • Hi, I can do dry-stone walling, hedge laying and coppicing. I still use them as I am a gardener, although there isn't much need for walling around here, and the hedge laying is in less demand with the advent of tractor flails. Hope this helps.
      Justin