TAKE CARE OF GARDENING GEAR & TOOLS
Here’s what my gear looked like when I got home from Tawharanui! Clean your boots and tools with soapy water but make sure they are dry before you put them away. Wipe tools over with an oily rag to prevent rust. I keep my hand tools
(a Niwashi, Trovel, weeding knife and a grubber) in a bucket of sand laced with oil. They’re easy to find and rust-free. You can clean gardening gloves in the washing machine. No need to turn them inside-out. Use cold or lukewarm water, not hot. This column is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get growing, from New Zealand Gardener magazine. For gardening advice delivered to your inbox every Friday, sign up for Get Growing at: getgrowing.co.nz for ages in a pot with only a trim now and then to remove rusty leaves. But replant when the pot gets overcrowded or weedy. Turf out the old plant, replace the potting mix and replant sections of stem each attached to a clump of roots. Cuttings sprout easily in water too. Keep a full jar of mint on the kitchen window sill so you don’t need to trek to the herb patch on wet nights. Don’t put surplus mint roots in the compost heap – every bit will grow!