Take care of your garden tools ;and they will take care of you! Seriously, your garden tools will last a lot longer (especially wood handles) if you show them a little love every once in a while, so take a little time to clean, sand, sharpen and oil your garden tools.
Clean - Round up all your tools, a bucket of warm water, and a wire or stiff bristle brush. Start with the brush and knock off the majority of the dirt on your tools. Once you have the dirt removed, scrub the remaining with warm water. Then rinse and let them air dry or wipe them with a towel.
Sand - Once your garden tools are dry, it’s a good time to sand any wood handles. Moisture, whether it’s from water in the soil, dew or rain will raise the grain of the wood, making it feel rough. Gardeners that live in high humidity regions will also see/feel this “grain raising” more often. Just about any sandpaper will work for this, but I suggest starting out with 80 grit paper and finishing off with 120-150 grit for a nice smooth handle surface.
Sharpen - Now's a good time to have a look and sharpen any tools that need it. You can sharpen your tools with a range of tools, but most gardeners find that a flat file (available here or at your local hardware store) will handle all their sharpening needs.
Before you start, a word about safety. Please wear eye protection. The smallest sliver of metal in the eye can be very painful. Also, wear some heavy gloves to prevent those same slivers of metal from your hands and to prevent cuts from your newly sharpened tools.
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