Sharpening Pruners

Sharpening Pruners: Ten minutes spent with a diamond file and your blades will cut like new (Fine Gardening article)

to remove weeds safely

I wonder if it works. Homemade Earth-Friendly Weed Preventer gallon white vinegar juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon dish soap (*not* dishwasher detergent)

February Gardening Tips for the Northeast from Better Homes and Gardens

February Gardening Tips for the Northeast

What a great idea! Rinse your veggies in the garden before bringing them in the house and then reuse the water on your plants. Via Gardeners Supply

Garden Idea: Rinse veggies right in the garden and then re-use the water on the plants. Plastic bucket and small laundry basket/colander from Dollar Tree would do nicely.

Make your own mole repellent! 1/4 cup castor oil, 6 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons liquid detergent (We use Dawn). Combine all ingredients in blender until consistency of whipped cream. Add 2 tablespoons of repellent to a regular garden watering can and then fill with warm water. Thoroughly water over areas of greatest damage. For best results apply after a rain or a thorough watering.

Make your own Mole Repellent: cup castor oil 6 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons liquid detergent (We use Dawn). Combine all ingredients in blender until consistency of whipped cream & add 2 T to a watering can.

Pruning Shears - Sharpen and Clean

Pruning Shears - Sharpen and Clean

Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Tools: My tools take a beating, so every so often I give them some TLC. Since it was too wet to get into my garden this spring, I tackled this task that I should have tackled in fall. What can I say – fall is always crazy busy with harvest time.

Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Tools for Easier Gardening

Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Tools @ Common Sense Homesteading Instructions and video on how to clean and sharpen shovels and hoes.

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