GARDEN TOOLS CARE & MAINTENANCE – HOW I CLEAN & ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS

I must confess, I have been a slob when there’s a need to organize garden tools. While I’m a meticulous planner w.r.t. what plant goes where, how must pots be arranged, keeping everything clean and non-messy, my garden tools usually just lived in different pots or a big unsightly container. It’s not that I have never tried to organize garden tools but every time either the arrangement was short-lived or not practical.. Quite a surprise, because the solution was in-fact pretty simple!!

HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS
HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS

Tools are actually the life of a garden and must be given their due place. So, I set out today to tackle this seemingly boring but extremely simple task in the garden to CLEAN & ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS a.k.a. THE BOSS




CLEANING GARDEN TOOLS

That’s how I do it. Nothing professional about it!

  • Collect all tools in a big shallow tub.
  • Soak in water. Keep the wooden handles out of it, as much as possible.
  • Add some liquid soap/dish soap/washing powder or any cleaning agent of your choice.
  • Add some baking soda for extra sparkle.
  • Let them soak for about 10 minutes.
HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS
HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS
  • Start scrubbing and wash under clean water.
  • Let dry over a newspaper.
CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS
MY SECRET WEAPON- SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!!

HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS

HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS
HOW TO CLEAN GARDEN TOOLS

(FUN FACT: We read news online, just like most of our generation. There was an amazing offer on newspaper subscription so we went for it. The newspaper comes in very handy for all purposes gardening 😛 )

  • Rub some coconut oil over dried tools, even the wooden parts. Because your tools work hard and deserve a spa.

NOW, comes the FUN PART!!




ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS

a) So I took some twist wire, easily available at gardening supplies store.

*Any sort of thread or ribbon will solve the purpose. I took it because I have it and let’s admit, the thin green looks cute and neat.

b) Make a loop to hang the tools.
c) Call the carpenter/electrician/anyone with a drill about 37 times to come and hang this hook strip in the garden.

This is the strip used to hang clothes in washrooms behind the doors 😛 You may use any kind of fancy hooks you like.

d) Hang the tools!! Viola!!
ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS
ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS

Bet you couldn’t have thought of this genius idea!! Haha!

e) For the smaller tools, I made a loop through this small white mesh container(originally a pen-stand) and hung it on the hook as well.
ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS
ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS

BTW, I am contemplating getting one more to split the tools. They are stuffed at the moment.

I had previously used the hooks to hold small buckets with tools but that arrangement had 2 issues. Water collected at the bottom making it all murky and it was a hiding spot for lizards among the tools. So basically I have grabbed a tool approximately twice to be surprised by a jumping lizard. So, No, Thank You.

This way I can also wash them every day when I water the plants and no more diggin’ around (literally) for the tools!

How do you CLEAN & ORGANIZE GARDEN TOOLS?

DO SHARE!! Till then,

HAPPY GARDENING 🙂

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