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Fruit and Vegetable Science
K. Jerome

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  • 1. Tools
  • 2.
    • Choosing garden tools - can be confusing
    • Many choices
    • New tools, gadgets
    • every year
    • All promise easier
    • gardening
  • 3. Selecting
    • What kind of gardening
    • do you do?
    • How much time do you spend
    • gardening?
    • Large or small garden plot?
    • Turf grass? How much?
    • Primarily ornamental plants,
    • fruits, vegetables?
  • 4. Selecting
    • Shrubs, trees?
    • Lots of houseplants?
    • Do you compost?
  • 5. Price
    • Always purchase highest quality tools you can afford
    • Cheap tools don’t last
    • Spend more replacing than
    • purchasing high quality
    • to begin with
  • 6. Selection
    • Plenty of odd tools out there
    • Garden Bandit – The Garden Room Dual Blade Hoe
  • 7. Care
    • Proper care of tools ensures long life
    • Big investment – take care of them
  • 8. Cleaning
    • After every use, spray off with water to remove potential corrosives, dirt
    • If necessary, lightly scrub with wire brush
    • Set tools out to dry
    • before storing
  • 9. Cleaning
    • Can use rag soaked in olive or canola oil to wipe them clean
    • Clean power tools every week - lawn mower, tiller
    • Use wire brush, wash occasionally, dry thoroughly before storing
  • 10. Maintenance
    • After cleaning pruners, loppers, oil moving parts
  • 11. Maintenance
    • Keep wooden handles oiled to avoid splinters
    • Clean handles with water, let them dry
    • Apply coat of linseed oil
  • 12.
    • Regularly sharpen tools with blades
  • 13. Maintenance
    • Edges of hoes, shovels, trowels wear down with use, become less effective
    • Clean tools, sharpen edges with
    • file
    • Keep bevel as even as possible
  • 14. Maintenance
    • Throughout gardening season, check tools for problems
    • Sand splinters, oil
    • Check for loose handles - can use epoxy to glue
    • If handle breaks, replace handle instead of discarding tool – much less expensive; bring tool to garden store for fitting and replacement
    • Check for loose bolts, rust
  • 15.
    • Power tools – READ THE MANUAL
    • Oil, air filter changes
    Maintenance
  • 16. Storage
  • 17. Storage
    • Always store tools off ground
    • Keep in clean, dry place
    • Store hand tools in covered
    • bucket
    • Tool organizers attached wall
  • 18. Preparing for winter storage
    • Don’t stash - corrosion , other damage during hibernation
    • Take time to prepare for storage so they’ll last and be ready for next year
  • 19. Winter storage
    • Clean, oil
    • Check for damage, repair if necessary
    • Sharpen
    • Remove rust
  • 20. Winter storage
    • Drain hoses before freeze
    • Store fertilizers, pesticides, other products indoors
    • Power tools – drain gas, sharpen blades
    • Store tools on storage rack, in bucket
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