After a whole season of garden work your spades, edge trimmers and small tools have earned a thorough cleaning, First remove any earth clinging to them. Then take a brush, rags and a bucket of water - and get started! First rinse everything off thoroughly with water, then rub the metal parts dry and rub in some vegetable oil. If you find any rust, use a wire brush on it. If that does not work, use rust remover. Check also that all the handles are still firmly attached.