Tools and Equipment - March Gardening

  • Protect yourself and the blade of your pruning saw during storage. Make a cover for it using a piece of old garden hose the same length as the blade. Cut the hose lengthwise on one side, and place it over the saw blade.
  • A 5-gallon bucket, already a popular garden carry-all, can be converted into a dual-purpose, tool holder/harvest bucket by tying a tool pouch to the outside. Outside the bucket, carry trowels, pruner and seeds. Inside, collect vegetables or weeds.
  • Ice cream scoops are great for digging holes for transplants; the dirt slides off easily.
  • During inclement weather, clean and sharpen garden tools and prepare other gardening equipment for the busy months ahead. Inventory pesticides, fertilizers, bags of potting soil and amendments. Finish up last year's records. There's still time to do a little dreaming and planning.
  • If you haven't done it already, check stored tools and outdoor furniture for signs of rust. Remove any surface rust with steel wool, and paint with rust-inhibitive paint.
  • If your tiller turns over sluggishly in spring, before trying to start it, move it to a sunny location and cover it with a black plastic garbage bag for half an hour. A few minutes of solar heating will warm up the fluids and make starting easier.
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
--Author unknown
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