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Winter is the perfect time to pull out the seed catalogs and design your vegetable garden. While most of us use the old paper-and-pencil method, there are some online garden design programs that can make the process easier. One of the latest is geared towards vegetable gardeners.

To keep your lawn mower, edger and tiller in top condition, a full tune-up should be performed once every year. Proper care will extend the life of the machine and improve the stability of the engine. Also, a well-maintained machine will reduce emissions and reduce fuel consumption. A proper tune-up includes cleaning the body of the machine, changing the oil, spark plugs and air filters, lubricating the machine and sharpening the blades. To make the effects of your spring tune-up last, be sure to clean the equipment after every use and continue to keep an eye on bolts or screws that can be loosened from the engine's vibrations. This will decrease the amount of time you spend on next year's spring tune-up and increase the life of your machine.

Before you start new seeds and container gardens this spring, it is a good idea to clean your pots and seed trays. Cleaning the containers will get rid of last season's diseases and mold. If you did not empty the soil in the fall, begin by emptying the pots of any soil and plant remnants. Next, prepare a solution using nine-parts hot water and one-part bleach. Use a stiff brush to clean the pots with the solution. If the containers are extremely dirty, consider letting them soak for 20 minutes in the solution. When you are finished scrubbing or soaking, rinse the pots well to remove the bleach.

Many hand trowels, cultivators, and other small tools now come with cushioned handles. Although at first the difference between cushioned and non-cushioned handles is subtle, over time the reduced strain on hand and arm muscles is noticeable. Separate hand cushions can be purchased to retrofit existing lawn and garden tools, such as rakes and shovels.

A really good pocket knife is indispensible in the garden, for harvesting vegetables and cutting twine. Add a screwdriver or tiny scissors and it's usefulness is multiplied. Or, go all out with an all-in-one pocket utility tool that includes pliers, several screwdrivers, a mini saw, and an awl, and you'll save your gardening friend countless trips back to the garden shed.More information, please visit: http://www.vertak.com/