It’s October, so before our thoughts turn to rakes and raking leaves, we should have one last celebration for the garden hoes. Yes, it’s time for…
A Hoe-tober Fest!
What do we do for a Hoe-tober Fest? We celebrate this ageless gardening tool! We show the garden hoes a little love and respect for the hard work they do during the growing season.
If you are at a loss as to how to do that, here are some suggestions:
Use a hoe to help dig up a new vegetable garden or flower bed. Fall is a great time to dig up a new bed and get it all ready for early spring planting. A hoe can be used to help remove sod or break up clods of dirt.
Put away your hoes for the winter, especially if you’ve been in the habit of leaving them outside in the summer time. Hoes, really all garden tools, should be stored in a dry location that stays above freezing temperatures.
Clean the hoes up before you put them away. Knock off any dirt and mud, either with a wire brush or a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure the hoe is dry before storing it for the winter. You can also check for any nicks or burrs on the hoe head and file those down.
Wipe down the handles. Some people like to use linseed oil on the wooden handles to keep them from drying out, but I generally don’t. If the wood seems to be drying out, I just use regular lemon oil on them, but you can do whatever suits you.
Vow that you will not use your hoes to chop ice in the wintertime. Most hoes were not made to chop through ice, so don’t use them for that purpose, no matter how desperate you are in the middle of winter.
Buy a new hoe. If you don’t own a hoe or would like a new hoe, you may be able to get a new hoe in the fall at a “marked down, close out” price. Maybe.
Take a picture of your hoe in the fall garden, just for fun, because garden hoes are fun tools to own and use, and celebrate with a Hoe-tober fest.