Hi all! One of my autumn tasks is to organize and clean my backyard garden cabinet. So one morning last week I got out there and started pulling stuff out and purging. I was unhappy with myself for not taking better care of my hand tools. I am so careful with how I tend my garden and lawn. Yet the very tools I use to keep everything neat and tidy get neglected. I know why, too. After I’ve been working outside, I’m hot, tired, and dirty. I just want to clean up and rest.
This is the condition of my cabinet before I cleaned and organized it. I just shove everything into it when I’m finished working in the garden.
Here’s the pile I pulled out to either purge or put away elsewhere. Most of those bottles are near empty. I don’t even have a rose bush anymore! And the birdseed should be stored in a bin in the garage. I don’t feed birds during the summer. They can eat bugs. The butterfly garden attracts plenty of birds, especially my favorite hummingbirds.
Then it was time to do something about those hand tools. To prevent rusting, I decided to fill a bin with sand and oil to hold the tools when I finish using them. Researching reviews on different types of oil to use, I settled for vegetable oil. Linseed oil is supposed to be dried for 24 hours before using. I don’t want motor oil residue in my garden soil. Vegetable oil or mineral oil are my choices. Since I had vegetable oil on hand, that’s what I used.
I put a roll of paper towels in the cabinet. Now when I pull a tool out to use, I wipe it clean with a paper towel. If a little sand gets in the soil, it’s a good thing. A few command hooks to hold items keeps it organized. I don’t wear gloves while gardening. For landscaping projects I use those heavy duty gloves. They protect my hands better.
When I’m done gardening, I just shove the hand tools into the sand. The next time I use them, I wipe them off and head into the garden. It’s convenient and I’ve already noticed the improvement in them.