Love Your Tools
I love my tools. They help make my garden dreams come
to life and represent a substantial amount of money.
Like any responsible person, I try to care for them
dutifully, but on occasion, I forget them in the garden.
Days - or weeks - later, I will go to use a tool and
realize I can't find it in the shed. I'm then overcome
by the dreaded thought, "Oh no, I must have left
it in the garden!" If I've been careful, I wisely
placed it somewhere high and dry. If I was in a hurry,
I left it in the nice moist dirt. Now I have a problem.
Most tools have iron in them, which sometimes reacts
with water in the garden soil. What results is rust.
Many tools also have a wooden handle, which absorbs
water and subsequently dries out. The result - a rough,
If you've left your tools outside exposed to the elements
long enough to do damage, don't despair. Here are some
suggestions on what to do.