Tips On Putting Garden Tools Away For Winter: Cleaning and Storing

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Margaret Rose Realy shares the last step in putting the garden to bed for the season is the cleaning and storing of tools. This goes beyond wiping off the shovels and trowels.

After soaking and wire brushing the dirt and soil off the shovels, spades, forks and planters, let them dry.

Gather and drain hoses, sprinklers and watering wands. Coil drained hoses into ring, connect hose ends to keep debris and bugs out. Lay hoses flat or hang… make sure to prevent kinking.

Sharpen tools, send out pruning saws if needed for edging. Clean handles, wipe down with linseed oil and lubricate hinges of tools.

For more details on cleaning and storing tools for winter, read the full article at the link below…

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What To Do This Month- August

August's lazy days are here, when even the most energetic gardener's enthusiasm is dampened by lethargy.
  • Water & Weed - Make it a point, at least, to water and weed in preparation for Autumn's cooler days and flowers.
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  • Pinch Petunias - Pinch back leggy growths on petunias. A boost with a liquid fertilizer will keep them flowering profusely until frost.
  • Transplant - Plants which have finished blooming may be transplanted or divided: Japanese and bearded iris, Madonna lilies, Oriental poppies, daylilies, Virginia bluebells, Trains and Spring-flowering bulbs whose clumps need separating.
  • Sow Seeds - Sow seeds of bush beans, endive, lettuce, spinach, dwarf peas, turnips and cress for late crops.
  • Red Spider - Watch evergreens for red spider infestations. Hot, dry weather promotes the mites.
  • Harvest Herbs - Herbs may be cut and cured in a dry, airy place, without exposing to the sun, before storing for the Winter. The best time to pick them is just before the plants begin to flower, any time during the day as long as the dew has disappeared. Learn how to preserve herbs from the garden to the freezer.
  • House Plants - Water house plants with liquid fertilizer and cut back straggly shoots to induce bushy growth. New plants may also be started from cuttings. Neem oil sprays will get rid of mealy bugs, scale and white flies.
  • Wildlife - If you want the birds to come to your garden, let sunflowers, marigolds, cosmos and other Compositor, especially in out-of-the-way places, go to seed. Goldfinches and other seed-eaters will find them unerringly.