We all know that we need to take care of our tools. We cannot garden without them. My Felcos were really in need of some attention this weekend.

No murders here – simply a saucy way to clean my blades

A lecturer at Sparsholt College once told me that tomato ketchup works wonders with dirty cutting blades, and he was right!

They do smell for a while, but for an organic way to clean, it doesn’t do a bad job. Squirt the tomato ketchup onto the secateurs and then lightly rub down and leave over night.

The next day, rub the sauce off and– surprise – clean blades. But if you are on a New Year diet beware – the aroma of ketchup will soon have you yearning for a bacon sandwich!!

A drop of oil for silent running

So with some bike oil (Green Oil), which is biodegradable and eco-friendly, I gave my well-used wheelbarrow some tender loving care, oiling the wheel axle for silent operation.

I May sharpen my spade next weekend. Stranger things have happened!

  • Deano

    Hi Guy’s!! Talking tool’s!! Had this week off work to go get my newly awarded allotment sorted, n the freezing weather put a sudden stop to that!! So garage n greenhouse cleared ready for the new session, I couldn’t believe how much gear I have!!! So all petrol gear drained, serviced n refueled! Started first time a bonus!! All other tool’s sharpened n at the ready! n not a drop of ketchup used!! But will bear it in mind!!! Lol!! Let the new session begin!!!!

  • Deano

    Hi Guys!! Talking about tools n stuff! Had this week off work to get organised n ready for the new season!! Garage n greenhouse cleared n organised!!! n it scared me as to how much gear I have actually got!! But Hey!! all serviced, sharpened, n oiled!!! No Ketchup needed!! Lol!! Let the new session begin!!!

  • Kris

    Yes she did, Heinz do an organic tommy K.

  • Rosalind

    you used organic TK to clean your felco’s?