At last, the day dawns when nothing can be done in the garden, leaving us free to organise the toolshed. The top priority is a kit survey.

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The good gardener, of course, puts only clean tools away, but an annual campaign of minor repairs-such as replacing the spring on a pair of secateurs or renewing the wire flex on a cylinder mower throttle-is better done now than dealing with the crisis in the field at the least-convenient moment.

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