How to Clean & Preserve Garden Tools

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, demonstrates how to clean and preserve garden tools.

    Kathy Jentz: Hi, I am Kathy Jentz showing you how to winterize your vegetable garden. We are now going to show you how to clean, sharpen and store your tools away for the winter.

    So, first we will start with our large tools getting them cleaned up. We have a bucket of clean water here we are just going to fill up a little bit and wet down the tools. We are just getting off the big chunks of mud and anything that will cause rust on the tools. Alright, so we have that fairly cleaned off, we are just going to let it sit out in the sun to dry off. So your next step will be to sharpen your tools. It's really nice to have a sharp blade especially on your digging tools, your trowels and your shovels. It only takes a second just usually two or three swipes per side, you have got a nice sharp angle there for when you are cutting into the hard soil of the next spring and late winter. So, you can do the same with your pruners. Give it a nice sharp edge right there and with your weeding tools. So these rasps are available at any hardware store or garden center, they are just a few dollars and they are a great investment for your garden.

    So, now to store your tools away for the winter, we are going to fill a bucket with coarse sand and a little bit of motor oil and what we are doing is creating a nice storage place for your long handle tools and your short ones to go into. I am going to dump the rest of the sand in the bucket now and just a regular grade motor oil. It can be used -- motor oil works fine so just maybe a half cup and you are going really want to mix it in there.

    So, what this does is it keeps your tools this winter clean, rust free and you can actually use this mixture year round for storing your tools. Every time you pull them in or out they will get a nice little sharpening from the sand and they will stay nice and lubricated from the oil. So, I would like to especially use my digging shovel and store that in as well as my weeding tools. So, that's how to clean, sharpen and store your tools for the winter. Next, we will show you how to turn off your water sources.