If you feel like busying but the weather is bad why not give your garden tools a clean up and sharpen.

First wash them down with warm, soapy water. Next, check which are blunt or rusty.

Use a wire brush to remove rust and rub over with an oily rag. Before sharpening add a couple of drops of general purpose oil and then apply a sharpening stone. Push the stone forwards and to the side of the blade with gentle downward pressure. Turn the knife over and brush the stone across to remove rough edges. Only sharpen the outside blade of bypass secateurs and the upper surface of hoes.

Finally, feed them with linseed oil on both the wooden and metal sections to help prevent rust.