Tool Time for Gardeners

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Show/Hide Gallery

By Deb Quantock McCarey

Contributing reporter/Nature blogger

Over the last couple of weeks I have been slowly putting my edible garden "to bed,"  leaving in only the hardiest cool weather veggies, and pulling out and composting the spent ones.

Although,  this year I am leaving my garden and yard a bit messier, with the hope of it becoming an over-winter habitat for those butterflies that seemed to skip my garden beds this year.

Still growing now are the Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, kale and a few lettuces, all cultivations that can withstand a dip below freezing.

The cool season beets, which I could have held out to harvest, I didn't.  

Since planting those seeds in mid-August, I have had plans for them.

My culinary herbs I have potted and brought inside.

All this, I realize now, has been done with way-too-dull snips, trowels, shovels.  

But better late than never,  this season I learned first hand how to care for my gardening tools from doing some research, and chatting up my friend, and local Oak Park gardening pro, Don Nekrosius.

This life-long educator is an active volunteer with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in Oak Park and Chicago, and conducts lots of public educational programming around the area, and at the Oak Park Conservatory from time to time. 

In under 15 minutes, here are a few of his nifty garden tool care tips to help us backyard gardeners correctly put our tools to bed, too.

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

2 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Jakob from Oak Park  

Posted: November 10th, 2013 9:34 AM

A good reminder to do a bit of tool maintenance, but this guy Nekrosius is taking this to a ridiculous extreme. Coating all your tools in a thick goop of petroleum jelly indeed!

Aida from Oak Park  

Posted: October 28th, 2013 3:42 PM

Loved your Tool Time for Gardeners video. It was quite informative. I will be sure to pass it on. Proper tool care is good to know beyond gardening.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad

Latest Comments