Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - Winter Clean up of Pots and Tools

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Tools in the Potting ShedHere at Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden this week we will begin the winter clean of all our pots and tools.  Last year I treated myself to a sneeboer tool maintenance kit and gave all our tools some thorough care and attention.  After use, we always wipe our tools down and hang them neatly on a tool rack in the potting shed.  Over the winter we will oil and sharpen the blades and cutting edges and treat the wooden handles with linseed oil.  Well cared for tools can last a lifetime.

The greenhouse has now been bubble wrapped and the heater is keeping it frost free and cosy.  It’s an ideal place to work on a cold winter’s day.  Armed with a large bucket of hot water, a pot brush, some soap and the radio, and the pot cleaning can begin.  This is a satisfying job.  It’s also a good opportunity to take stock of greenhouse supplies of feeds and pest control.  The staging is cleaned as tidied as we go and slowly the greenhouse resets itself for a fresh season of growing next year. 


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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