Donna gave me these tips for cleaning garden tools. The only thing I could add is that it's a good time to sharpen your shovels. It's much easier to dig into our red clay soil with a sharp shovel.
"Here is the tip for removal of rust and debris from garden tools: First apply steel wool to affected areas; then use this homemade solution -- 1 part white vinegar, 1 part bleach and 5 parts water. Let the tools sit in the solution for four to eight hours. To keep rust and soil debris off of tools rub tools with lemon seed oil or olive oil. The oil keeps rust away and makes it easier to remove debris after digging. I reapply a small amount of oil before each digging. It keeps insect eggs and weed/grass seedlings off the tools as well."
On cleaning flowerpots, Donna writes: "For plastic pots, use 1 part bleach to 9 parts water and soak for 10 minutes; then place them in a detergent and water solution. Rinse. For clay pots, use steel wool or a steel brush to remove debris and then rinse thoroughly and soak in a bucket of water."
Thanks for sharing, Donna!
Cindy Ellis of Red House (listed in my book as "The Bird Lady") keeps me informed of interesting things going on in the gardening world. She sent me a note about author Richard Louv, who's coming to Charleston for an Earth Day presentation.
"His book 'Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder' has been widely acclaimed," Cindy writes. "I had put off reading it, thinking it couldn't be as good as the hype, but I enjoyed the library copy so much that I bought one."
The presentation will consist of his speech, "Leave No Child Inside, West Virginia," a question-and-answer session, book signing and light refreshments.
It will be at 2:30 p.m. April 26 at the Kanawha Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 520 Kanawha Blvd.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.