This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

rusty old garden tools

rusty old cultivator
garden tools tools

I came across some abandoned garden tools yesterday. A cultivator, a hoe, two edging tools and a nice shovel. Looks like they've seen better days, but these will be great for my community plot. And nothing like free tools.

I found these tips on-line for refurbishing rusted tools and will give it a try some day this winter:

# Remove rust by securing the tool in a clamp and then cleaning with a wire brush, sandpaper and steel wool. Penetrating oil will help with the more stubborn spots.

# Sand down splintered handles and then rub with linseed oil to restore to a smooth finish.

# The important thing is to oil garden tools, coating them heavily when storing.


Blogger Amy said...

I would love to see how this turn out if you refinish them this winter!

November 19, 2008 9:26 PM

Blogger Dan said...

They will be as good as new when you are done with them. I'd hate to see what a big box store tool would look like after receive the punished those old tools did.

I think I am half slow gardener and half procrastinating gardener. The two mixed together can make things take forever.

hmm, I like the look of that pumpkin on the seed pack. I will be looking forward to watching them grow next year.

November 19, 2008 10:41 PM

Anonymous inadvertentfarmer said...

The only problem with refurbishing them is that they won't take such lovely pictures!!!

November 20, 2008 12:29 AM

Blogger kathy said...

My son says the problem is they'll fall apart without the rust holding them together.

November 20, 2008 4:34 PM

Blogger Charles said...


Your garden pictures are beautiful!
Thanks for your post featuring your found treasure.
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November 23, 2008 7:32 PM

Blogger Jon Whittom said...

Give this a try...

Works like a charm.

November 26, 2008 8:35 AM

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December 11, 2008 12:02 PM

Anonymous marc said...

I am currently doing a project with old garden spades and folks if anyone has any that are beyond repair that i could take off their hamds or if anyone knows of where i could find any old spades or folks that would be much appreciated.

July 15, 2009 11:05 AM

Blogger Pushkelka said...

Great article. As a fellow gardener, these tips come in handy for my gardening!

March 19, 2010 6:45 AM

Anonymous Gardening Tools said...

Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

November 13, 2010 4:23 AM


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