All out of Folgers? Upcycle that empty coffee can to keep your metal garden tools sharp, clean and rust-free throughout the summer months -- and beyond.
Here's what to do: Funnel some sand (any kind will do) into an empty, clean 13-ounce coffee can; leave three inches of space at the top. Pour in ¼-quart of linseed oil, and allow for complete absorption. Hard-pressed to find linseed oil just lying around the house? A good glug-glug of clean motor oil works just as well. Plus, it's relatively inexpensive and you're bound to already have some lying around.
Then store the following handheld tools in the can for as long as you'd like:
• Hand rakes
The oily mix seals out moisture (and rust), keeps metal screws and hinges lubricated, and hones sharp edges. Pull out those tools whenever yard work beckons, and they'll be garden-ready.