If your harvest routine includes drying and saving herbs, fruits, spices, or any plant matter, really, then you know that an important part of finishing up the season is cleaning up to make the next season as smooth as possible. Even if you’re not drying any of your grow, clean-up is important – but for those who add drying into their repertoire, there’s a few more tools to look after, and they’re vitally important!
Let’s look at the 5 tools you use when trimming, and how you should clean them:
Gloves: You may use regular gardening gloves when removing leaves and branches from the bush or plant you’re going to trim from, or you may just get right in there and choose the leaves or flowers you plan on drying. Some growers choose to wear nitrile (rubber) gloves when trimming off the important parts to keep sap and pollen off their hands. Rubber gloves can be tossed after use, and regular gardening gloves should be rinsed off with a hose to get any dirt and plant pieces off, then tossed into the washer; preferable with a good disinfecting detergent like OxiClean.
Trimming shears: Shears are the most important tool when trimming, and as such, you want to keep them clean, sharp, and free from moisture when they’re not being used. Harvest More has created the Scissor Scrubber to help clean scissors easily in seconds and without a mess. Just open the lid, remove the brushes, fill the container with the preferred cleaning solution, and let your scissors soak.
Trim Bin: A Trim Bin keeps all plant materials contained, ensuring fast and easy cleanup, and the attached screen lets dust and particles you DON’T want to sift through, while keeping the plant matter you DO want easily accessible. After use – whether you’re trimming fresh plant material or dry – you want to rinse the and dry the interior of the Trim Bin as well as the screen.
Drying rack: Whether you have a zip-close rack or an open one, you’ll want to either shake or use an air hose to remove any pollen or plant matter left on the shelving.
Screen: The screen on you Trim Bin comes into the closest contact with the plant matter you’re trimming, and if it’s a fresh cutting, sap and dirt can easily gum it up. To clean the stainless steel screen in the Trim Bin use isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a semi-stiff nylon bristle brush. Apply rubbing alcohol to the screen with a soft cloth or spray bottle, then lightly brush the screen from the top with a nylon brush. Repeat until the screen is clean and then flush with fresh clean water and air dry.
Most of these 5 products will last for season after season of use, with the Trim Bin Screen being the one that needs the most care while cleaning, and it the one out of the five that can easily develop tears and gumming from sap. Luckily, Harvest More offers a Trim Bin Replacement Screen. The Trim Bin Replacement Screen is made of stainless mesh with a plastic coated aluminum frame, perfectly sized to fit your Trim Bin.
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