Big Rapids Garden Club sharpens up for spring

Wanita Kampmueller, of Reed City, sharpens a pair of shears on Tuesday during a meeting of the Big Rapids Garden Club. (Pioneer photos/Whitney Gronski-Buffa)

BIG RAPIDS — April showers bring May flowers, and when they start to bloom, the Big Rapids Garden Club will be ready.

The club met on Tuesday for a demonstration on how to clean and sharpen their gardening tools. The ladies disassembled their favorite shears to disinfect and oil them before using wet stones to freshen up their blades.

“Crushing and gnawing at your plants with your tools really is not good for them,” said Patti Lemson, who led the instructional, members-only meeting at the Old Jail.

Clean, sharp garden tools not only provide a better cut for stems and branches. They also help control the spread of disease through one’s garden.

Lemson offered tips to the club, such as advice on cleaning tools with Listerine between cuttings to kill any bacteria that could be spread from plant to plant. Listerine is gentler on a gardener’s hand and doesn’t damage clothing, but it kills a wider variety of germs than alcohol or bleach, she said.

STAYING SHARP: Stanwood resident Sandy Anderson sharpens the blade of her favorite garden shears on Tuesday at a Big Rapids Garden Club meeting.

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Posted by Whitney Gronski-Buffa

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