How to Remove Rust Off Tools With Vinegar?
Rust Removal Tips For Gardening Tools
What Is Vinegar Used For?
Vinegar Remedies For Common Problems
Why Do Some Garden Tools Have Rust On Them?
How Can I Prevent Rust From Happening On My Garden Tools?
The following are some tips for removing rust off your gardening tools.
1) Wash Your Hands Before You Brush Your Teeth!
Washing hands before brushing teeth is very important because it prevents bacteria build up and other germs that cause tooth decay. Washing your hands after using the bathroom or even just washing them between uses will not prevent rust from forming on garden tools.
2) Use A Good Soap And Water!
A good soap and water solution will work well to remove rust from garden tools. However, if you have a hard time finding a good quality one then use plain white vinegar instead. (You may need to add some baking soda to make it stick better.) If you do not have any vinegar handy then simply pour boiling water over the tool until it turns red hot and rub it with your fingers.
That should suffice. Always remember to use gloves when using boiling water.
3) Protect Your Hands From Blisters!
When cleaning garden tools, you should always use a pair of heavy duty gloves. You may also want to wear a long-sleeved shirt if you do not want your arms or hands to burn from the heat. You may not think that the tools are that hot, but this is actually very hot and can cause severe burns easily.
4) When In Doubt, Throw It Out!
If you get rust on your tools, it can be very difficult to remove, if not impossible. Try to prevent rust from building up as much as possible. You may need to pick another tool instead or at least dedicate a tool for a specific purpose.
5) Scrub That Soap On There!
Scrubbing your tools with hot water and soap will get the job done. When removing rust from garden tools, always be sure to scrub it off completely. The last thing that you need is to transfer rust from one tool to another.
6) A Good Rinsing Is Important!
When you are done using a garden tool, you should always rinse it off. Leaving dirt and other debris on the tool may cause it to rust easier. Always be sure to dry it off as well so that water does not pool up on it.
7) Takes Preventative Measures!
There are several things that you can do to help prevent rust from building up on your tools. One of the easiest methods is to simply spray them with a clear coat to keep them looking new. (Always remember to test the spray on a small portion of the tool first.) You may also want to store them in a garage or shed to keep them out of the elements or even in a bag when you are not using them.
You may even want to look for rust proof tools that have been treated to prevent the rust. Tools like this may be more expensive up front, but they will last significantly longer even with regular use.
8) Stop The Water!
One of the biggest causes of rust is water. If you are able to remove all traces of water that come in contact with your tools then you will prevent rust from building up. You can do this by regularly drying off your tools as mentioned earlier.
You can also store them in airtight containers to keep moisture out.
9) Let The Sunshine Shine!
When cleaning garden tools, you should always try to get the tool nice and clean as soon as possible. The longer that you let rust and dirt build up, the harder it will be to remove it. If rust does start to build up, it is important to take steps to remove it before it gets out of control.
Cleaning garden tools is fairly easy and should not take too much time out of your day. If you keep your tools clean and in good working order then they will last you a very long time. (And you won’t have to worry about looking for new ones every year or so).
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Dealing With Weeds
If you have spent anytime in a garden, or even in your own backyard you know that weeds can be annoying and hard to get rid of. Sometimes it seems like no matter how much you pull them, they keep on growing and coming back. The same concept applies to an organic garden.
Certain weeds will always be present unless taken care of promptly. The best way to combat these weeds is to prevent them from taking root in the first place. (Weeds spread by seeds, the more you have the more you get.)
What many organic gardeners do is use a mulch of some sort. This can be woodchips, crushed corn cobs, or even newspaper. What this does is prevent light from getting to the soil which in turn prevents seeds in the soil from sprouting.
Keep in mind that this will not get rid of weeds that have already sprouted, it will only prevent more from growing.
When it comes time to planting your garden, you will want to prepare the soil the same way. A good tilling with a spade will cut up large weeds that may be in there and turn them into dust. If at all possible, you should also add a light coating of hydrated lime and wood ash before you till it in.
This will naturally deter most weeds from growing.
Often people wonder if using chemicals such as Roundup is ok to do this. While it is true that this method will kill off the weeds, it will also kill off your plants as well! Another drawback to using chemicals is that they can soak into the soil and contaminate the ground water.
If you are going to use chemicals, it is best to stick with commercial products that are intended for that purpose.
It is also a good idea to keep your garden free of debris, leave grass clippings on the lawn rather than in the garden and make sure leaves do not blow into the garden. Lastly it is always a great idea to keep your garden well weeded when planting and making raised beds. It is easier to take care of them now then to let them go and have to destroy what you have already planted.
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Common Problems And Solutions
There are several problems that every organic gardener faces and it is always good to know the causes and how to fix them. The following are some of the most common things that could go wrong with your garden and how you can prevent or fix them.
Slugs And Snails
The Mollusk family is a big one and they are one of the biggest plagues on the garden. Most people don’t put these in the same category as other pests but they can do just as much, if not more, damage. Slugs and Snails are hermaphrodites and have no set mating periods.
They can and will mate anytime they come across each other. (As long as the conditions are right, humidity and temperature)
The best way to keep these pests at bay is to eliminate the conditions that they need. This means keeping your garden free of garbage and always cleaning up any dead leaves, wilted plants or other organic material. Most common slug/snail bait is a type of poison that is harmful to anything that eats it.
To my knowledge there are no “organic” baits on the market.
I prefer to use the diatomaceous earth for this job, it is cheap and very effective. Diatomaceous Earth is a powder like substance that is the remains of tiny one celled water plants called diatoms. It scrapes off easily and can be gotten at most health food stores or feed stores.
Slugs and Snails hate it because it gets into their pores (Which are little holes surrounded by a thin membrane) and acts as a physical barrier. This barrier prevents them from getting moisture from their environment.
Once you have eliminated the conditions that cause them to breed, you can then start to do regular checks of your garden at night with a flashlight. Whenever you see one kill it, then apply the DE.
Once your garden is clean of pests and you are maintaining it, new ones should not be able to survive for long.
Cutworms are another pest that can cause severe damage to your seedlings and young plants. These are caterpillar pests that live in the soil and eat the stems of your plants at the base. You may not see them until it is too late.
The best way to prevent this is to place sheets or row covers over your seedlings early on. This will prevent most cutworms from eating the stems of your plants at the base.
Companion planting can also help since many plants are predators to certain pests. For example: nasturtiums are a favorite food of cutworms but they are also pretty to look at for us. (They also have several edible parts)
Caterpillars are a type of worm but they cause less damage overall then slugs and snails. They will eat your leaves but are nowhere near as destructive as their slug friends. There are many types of caterpillar but only a few that actually do any real damage.
The Cabbage White Butterfly is one of the most well known because it turns into what we call “The Thing” late in the summer. (Which is why I always called it a “Butterfly” for years before I found out what it became) It is also why I am leery of growing cabbage plants late in the year.
You can either hand pick these critters or crush them if you see them on your plants. If they are really bad you can also spray them with a mixture of one part dish soap to ten parts water. (Do not get the leaves wet!
This is only good for getting the critters themselves) The spray kills them instantly upon contact.
Keep in mind that most caterpillars are actually beneficial. Many are what we call “Lacewings” that turn into pretty green flying creatures that eat lots of other pests. If you have a problem with some but not enough then you might want to release some of these guys into your garden since they eat lots of bad bugs.
Please do not ever release any sort of insects into your garden without doing your own research on what they eat and if they will cause more harm than good. Some critters are natural enemies and will eat each other so releasing one might solve one problem while causing another.
You should also keep in mind that many plants are toxic to some bugs while being safe for others. This is why I had so many butterflies and love bugs at my old house; everything from Monarchs to Chocolatealsa. (That’s what I called the pretty black and brown ones) Butterflies are nothing more than colorful, flying, eating machines.
They only eat pollen and nectar so it doesn’t matter what they land on as long as it has those two things.
Insects can help you in ways other than eating bad bugs as well. Some can be quite entertaining, others useful for helping with other tasks in your garden or even around the house. (Which I will write about later if the need arises)
Now we come to the slugs and snails. Yes, these are also worms but of the mucusy variety. These guys can and will eat the leaves off your plants leaving nothing but green stalks.
They also eat holes in your precious flowers. These are actually my least favorite of the bad bugs since they just slime around and don’t fly around being obnoxious like the others do.
The best way to control these guys is to pick them off yourself or spray them with a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water. (again, do not get the leaves wet!) You can also use beer.
I’ve heard that this is more effective than the vinegar mix for some reason but have never tried it myself.
There are many natural and some not so natural ways to get rid of these bad bugs. (Not so natural means “costs money”) I’m a big fan of keeping it natural whenever possible since I’m already putting poisons in my garden soil and food, I don’t want to add more by using manufactured pesticides.
There is one manufactured pesticide I have used in the past with good results. It is called Insect Frightenant and can be used safely on pretty much anything. (Except maybe children or pets) It is made from a variety of ingredients that I can’t even begin to pronounce and should probably be kept away from your food, but it works great.
The active ingredient is called “Solanaceous” which comes from nightshade plants. (Which is also not good for you in large doses)
This is just one of many ways to control the bad bugs in your garden. I’m sure if you’re really interested you can always do some research and find something that works for you. I hope this has helped a little though and as always stay safe!
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