Make them Last: How to Care for Your Vegetable Garden Supplies


You may not have put much thought into how to properly care for your vegetable garden supplies. Chances are you have shovels, hoes, spades, rakes, gloves, pots, and more to help you achieve the garden of your dreams each season. If you find yourself needing to replace these supplies each year, you are most likely not caring for them as you should. Instead of buying new supplies each year, take a look at how easy it is to provide them the care they need so they last you many more seasons!

How to Care for Your Vegetable Garden Supplies:

1. Spend more for metal.
The more metal a tool has on it, the stronger it will be. Invest a few bucks more on sturdy metal tools instead of molded plastic ones. They will be nice and strong for you and are well worth the investment of a few bucks more.

2. Wash them well.
Your tools can all be washed with warm and soapy water to remove debris and chemicals. You don’t want this debris and dirt to sit on the tools since tiny organisms can eat away at them. Or if the debris is moist, it can cause rust. Wash them well after use. You can even put them in the dishwasher.

3. Keep them dry.
You don’t want moisture to build up on your tools. Moisture leads to rust and rust leads to tools that are useless. Keep your gardening supplies dry in sealed bags when not in use. This way water will not get to them when not in use. You can even poke a hoke in the bag and hang them from a hook on the wall. Now that is “high and dry!”

4. Service larger machinery yearly.
If you own a mower or tiller, have it serviced yearly to make sure it is safe to use and running well. This will allow it to last for years to come. Most gardening centers will do this task for you for a minimal cost. It is worth the investment to make sure your machinery lasts and is safe.

5. Find a cool and dry spot.
If you save seeds from year to year, or want a place to store onion bulbs and other bulb plants, you will need a cool yet dry space to keep them. Place these supplies in a waterproof container and allow them to rest in a room (possibly a garage) that stays dark and cool. This way, they will last you much longer and be available when you need them.

6. Keep out of the reach of children.
Not only can these supplies pose a danger to children, but they can cause damage if not used correctly. You don’t want them digging in rocky areas, getting the tools wet, or using them in any other way that can cause damage. When not in use, keep your supplies up high and out of sight.

Proper care for your vegetable garden supplies can help them last longer and therefore be available to you when you need them. Practice these tips for proper care and protect your supplies, your family, and yourself while you are at it!

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