Part 2 of the garden tool maintenance was to protect the wood handles. Most of my garden tools are old enough that the cheap wood finish is long since gone. So I was dealing with bare wood. I had thought I needed to paint them with wood sealant, but I have read that boiled linseed oil is a better choice. No, you don't have to go boiling linseed oil yourself; you can buy it that way at the hardware store. It will say "boiled" on the can.
The directions said you could dilute it with up to 50% paint thinner for better penetration, so I did that. I'll repeat the process using undiluted boiled linseed oil tomorrow after the diluted application dries.
I found that a piece of old cotton undershirt was a good applicator. And, though I wasn't worried about the linseed oil (its made from flax seed), the paint thinner can be a skin irritant so I wore latex gloves.
Since the gloves were immediately wet and I didn't feel like taking them on and off, I don't have pictures of the actual application. Fortunately, rubbing a wood pole with a wet cloth is a reasonably obvious process. ;)
So I'll show a couple of "after" pictures. Give the linseed oil 24 hours to dry. The wet rag can self-combust if wadded up and thrown away, so I spread it out outside on a cinder block. Same with the latex gloves, "just in case".
Since the undiluted 2nd application has nothing new involved, just consider that done tomorrow. Friday, sharpening and oiling...