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Rub the handles of of pitchforks and shovels once in awhile with a rag dipped in linseed oil and you'll find the shafts both last longer and are much more pleasant to use.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
This year we decided to have a garden of our own. So my husband bought a new toy, a tiller. The problem is cleaning the tines when he's finished. I suggested he get a bathroom brush or dish brush at the dollar store and use it to scrub off most of the dirt before he uses the hose to clean it. This worked so well and also saved him time and water. It also saved his back from having to bend over so much.
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Sink an old metal bucket into the soil and fill it with sand. Get some some old sump oil from your motor mechanic and pour it into the bucket saturating the sand. When you've finished each day in the garden dig into the oily sand with your spades and forks making sure each is well coated. It will prevent rust and rot where the wooden handle is joined to the garden tool.
Source: My grandmother and she's been gone fifty years and I'm sure she wouldn't mind her big mouthed grand daughter giving out her tips. If I'm fortunate enough to win, I'd like it to go to one of your children's hospitals. Cheers !