A lot of us cultivate our gardens so we’ll have fresh fruits and vegetables all year long. There are also some of us who want to have beautiful plants, particularly those eye-catching flowers that can light up any home. So whether you fall under the former or the latter, a fledgling green thumb or an experienced one, if you’ve been gardening for quite some time, chances are you’ve collected your own set of tools.

Here on For Gardening, we’ve recently talked about a cool garden rack that’s one of the many ways to keep our hand tools organized. Other than being an appropriate storage space, it also adds a rustic feel to an outdoor area. Yes, it’s appealing and nifty at the same time, but what about the other implements? Are they scattered all over your shed? Do they take up significant space in your garage? Worst of all, are they hanging around in different parts of your home?

If you have these tool storage problems in your garden, and have wanted to fix it but don’t know where to start, then you should understand the value of proper organization. To a certain extent, everything begins and ends with knowing how to categorize. In a more formal setting, MG Rush teaches us ways on how to sort out a list of ideas and insights. This can be our starting point in arranging our garden tools.

Garden shed
Garden shed

Since we’re already on the subject of getting ideas off various industries on the web, it’s also important to know which implements fall under a specific category. Industry leader Screwfix simply organizes its outdoor and gardening tools page according to their respective use. You have the aforementioned hand tools, garden tools, and those for maintenance and care, as well as rural supplies and garden buildings. From here, we can easily determine and properly sort out various types of tools in the garden.

Part of the benefits of organizing your garden tools is that you maintain its quality. Before putting them away, you should – at the very least – clean them of all mud and moisture. You can even use a wire brush to scrub and rid excess muck. This prevents outdoor tools from holding moisture, which can be detrimental in the long run. If you have to remove rust, you should be aware that vinegar is one of the most effective methods to scrub it off. On the other hand, for sap stains on tools, turpentine is the best way to go. Now to protect wooden handles and metal tools from rust, you can apply linseed oil or, better, WD-40, based on a Gizmodo article.

In hindsight, the Internet presents us with a lot of practical ideas about different gardening subjects. Most of these are simple enough, that we can accomplish them in a matter of days – even hours. The aforementioned suggestions, collectively, gives you an idea of how to execute these jobs. So for more horticulture tips and tricks, be sure to check out For Gardening updates in the coming days.