The snow is beginning to melt, leaves are beginning to sprout, and your tools are ready to get back in the soil of your garden. The end of winter is a great time to begin prepping for your spring garden. Not only do your soil, mulch and seeds need time to get ready, but your tools are an important part of the preparation process as well.
By the end of February and beginning of March, be sure to do the following to your garden tools:
- Scrub away any leftover dirt or plant matter from last season with a stiff-bristled brush, rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly to prevent rusting.
- If there is some rust on your tools, it can be removed with a wire brush or sandpaper. Soak them in white vinegar for a few minutes beforehand to help loosen the rust. If the tool is too rusty, it may be time to replace it with a new one.
- Organize your tools so they can be easily located when needed.
- Sharpen blades on your lawn mower, carefully.
For first-time gardeners not sure what tools to buy, we suggest these:
- For digging – shovel, hand shovel, spade, spading fork and a trowel.
- For weeding – hand cultivator and hand weeder
- For pruning – floral shears and pruners
A new, fun tool we got this season is the dibber! Funny name we know, but it’s the perfect tool for working in our Eco Gardens. Dibbers are pointed wooden – or metal – sticks that are perfect for poking holes in the ground so that seeds can be planted. These work great for when you’re first mapping out where you want to plan each vegetable in your garden.
With each new season comes a fresh start to your garden. Take this time to plan out goals for your gardening experience and don’t be afraid to try new things or to grow a plant you haven’t before.