There are a million different tools out there for a thousand uses, but how do you choose the ones that will suit you and your gardening style?
I look for used gardening tools in auctions, garage sales and junk shops - the best quality ones still have a lot of use left in them, and usually they're very economical.
The hand tools that most people make the mistake of buying in a cheaper model are shovels, pruners and rakes.
Then they have to replace them, sooner rather than later. The place the shovel will break is right where the handle meets the blade - most often because gardeners, being impatient, will use it as a pry bar.
If tools are left out in the rain, this is also the place where water will collect, leading to rot. So it's best to keep your tools dry and out of the rain when you're not using them.
Used motor oil is a good protector of both wood and metal. Wipe some on in the fall to give the tools a chance to soak it in over the winter.
The rust that forms on unprotected metal in damp conditions like an unheated shed won't affect them with the help of the oil.