Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed!

By Laverne Fuller

As fall approaches and the gardening season winds down, there are still many chores left to be done. Harvests are complete for some crops, leaving parts of the garden empty and susceptible to weeds. In keeping with the practice of the right plant in the right place, gardeners may find that some plants should be moved to the right place. Spring blooming bulbs will need to be planted soon. All of these tasks require the use of tools. Good tools make any job easier and well-maintained tools can last a lifetime. Tools should be kept clean and sharp throughout the gardening season. The homeowner can easily maintain gardening tools with a few simple steps. Remove soil after each use. Use a file to maintain the factory established edge.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of sharpening your own hand tools, you are invited to bring them to the Halifax Farmers Market on September 13 from 8 to 11 am for the final Second Saturday with the Southside Master Gardeners for the 2014 season. Master Gardeners will be available to help you and answer any gardening questions. The Farmer’s Market provides an opportunity to buy fresh produce and other goods from local growers.

For more information about the Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at or e-mail