From soil preparation to harvest, maintaining a garden requires dedication and determination. While a strong work ethic is key to tending such a growing space, it cannot be done without the right set of tools.
Gloves, spades, rakes, hoes, and shears – the list of required tools grows quickly. Though many gardeners manage to accumulate these implements over time, the cost of such items may feel impossible for others.
Seasonal care of gardening tools is among the most commonly overlooked garden tasks by gardeners. Each fall, garden tools should be thoroughly cleaned and stored out of the weather during the winter.
This is also the ideal time to consider replacing gently worn tools or upgrading the most used items in preparation for the next season. Rather than disposing of these older, used gardening tools, consider donating tools to charity so that others may benefit from them.
The decision to donate garden equipment is a win-win scenario for all involved. Organizations that train individuals for work and/or help create or manage community, school, or volunteer gardens benefit immensely from those who donate used garden tools.
Giving away garden tools to underserved members of the community not only reduces material waste, but also provides valuable resources and improves employment opportunities for those with limited skill sets.
Though non-profit organizations which specialize in fixing and distributing used garden implements do exist, they are not common. It is best to make certain that all items are in safe, working condition before donating tools to charity.
When giving away garden tools, you are able to give new meaning to items that would otherwise be considered waste.