TAKE CARE OF GAR­DEN­ING GEAR & TOOLS

The Napier Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

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!

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