When we down-sized to our townhouse, I told Mr. Right I was in, but I had to have some dirt to play in. There was no way he was going to get me into a high-rise with nothing but a balcony. Even though we have a teeny little courtyard, I like to have flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, and tomato plants growing out there in the summer. So, I get to spend a few minutes each day getting my hands dirty and giving my tools a good work-out. Even though we have a very small space, it is important that I take care of our garden tools.
Since we do have a limited amount of space, it’s important that I keep all of the plants tamed and growing the way I want them to and not the way they want to. So, I just pull out my trusty clippers and cut away. It’s kind of like a little beauty parlor for plants.
But after several years of using my clippers, they were getting dull and looking ugly. Then I learned from one of my fellow garden club members that the local hardware store (we only have one locally-owned hardware store left in all of Lexington) sharpens, hones, and shines up used tools. I took my tools to them, waited a few days, picked them up, and they look like new. The total price for sharpening three tools was $7.50, and I’ll now get many more years of use out of them. Score!!!