Kids Valentine's Workshop - Town of Halifax Farmers Market
Tool Sharpening and Season Extenders at Halifax Farmers Market
By Laverne Fuller
As any do-it-yourselfer knows, the right tool can make all the difference in a project’s success or failure. The same goes for gardening. Pruners or loppers? Spade or shovel? It all depends on the job. Along with choosing the correct tool for the job, tools should be maintained for ease in use and so they will last. Good tools are an investment and with proper care will serve you well for many years. Be sure to clean your tools after each use. Dirt and mud can be removed with a spray from the hose or a little scrub from steel wool or a grill brush. Mixing used motor oil and sand in a tub and running your shovel or hoe through the mixture will help prevent rust.
Keeping your tools sharp makes them easier to use and is better for plants. Most folks can sharpen their own tools with a ten-inch mill or bastard file. When you file the blade, it is important to pull the file away from the edge and to maintain the angle of the factory bevel. But if that sounds like more trouble than it is worth, just bring your tools to the Halifax Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 12th between 8 and 11 a.m. and the Master Gardeners will clean and sharpen them for you free of charge.
A special exhibit on season extenders will also be displayed at the market on September 12. Hoop houses are one way to extend the vegetable growing season through the frost season. Master Gardener Maggie Westervelt will have a model of a hoop house to show how easy they are to make. There are other tricks that Maggie will share with you to extend the growing season.
Bring your small garden tools to the Halifax Farmers Market on September 14th between 8 and 11 AM and Tommy Conner and Linda Singer will cheerfully give them a free cleaning and sharpening.
Celebrate Virginia Farmers Market Week with the Town of Halifax Farmers Market August 8th
10 a.m. - Naturally Artistic Dog Grooming will offer Free Dog Grooming & Dog Obedience Training
8 a.m.-11 a.m. - Southside Master Gardeners
9:30 a.m. - Special Demonstrationon dividing Japanese Iris and Black Eyed Susans
Kids Activities - Corn Hole Toss - Refreshments - Grilling Demo - Free Soy Tea-Light Candles - Free Homemade Laundry Soap Samples (1 Per Customer) - Other Vendor Samples - Free Recipes
LOOK FOR THE GREAT VENDOR BASKET RAFFLE!
Filled with vendor goodies. Tickets $1 each. All proceeds benefit Halifax County Humane Society
BUY LOCAL - BUY FRESH
Town of Halifax Farmers Market open every Saturday through December, 8am-sold out.
For more info contact Denise Barksdale at 434-476-2343 or email townoffice @townof halifax.com
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