September 22, 2012 at 1:58 am #257315
Usually I garden gloveless. I spend many hours in the veggie garden each week not to mention mowing, emptying the catcher etc.
So soon I’m starting a job that involves customer service and preparing food! What am I going to do about my hands? It usually takes a few days for the dirt to wear off. I seem to have deep lines in my hands and they nearly always look a bit weathered and grotty! Around the nails as well even though they are worn down with the gardening. The best way to remove the dirt usually is by doing the dishes (no dishwasher here!) over a couple of days or by washing my hair. I only do that once or twice a week because it’s long and doesn’t need any more than that….so gardening gloves?
Please save me from having to buy many pairs to find the best ones! I can’t give up gardening/mowing but I’m such a soil kinda feeling person!
What do you use? I have fairly small hands if that helpsSeptember 22, 2012 at 3:06 am #527914
I’m happy with the ones from Aldi if you can get to one of their stores, but they only come around every so often.Not sure if at present – maybe, as there’s a lot of gardening stuff there atm.They have rubber palms and fingers but fabric backs.They are cheap but last quite a long time.I usually have several pairs on the go , depending on what job I’m doing.
I have used similar ones from Woolies.
If I have to do a really grubby job I put a pair of thin food prep type gloves on first inside an older pair of the others.That will make your hands sweat which can help with the finger nail issue!
I buy a gritty “farmers soap” from our local produce store which does a good job on grubby hands.I also often wash the gloves with that soap too , with the gloves on,wash as you would wash your hands.Then rinse and dry in the shade , otherwise the rubber goes sticky.
I hope the new job goes well! :tup:September 22, 2012 at 11:55 am #527915
Yes, my favourites have been Aldi gloves (both the ones BW mentioned, and the leather ones).
My leather ones look like this
http://www.herbgardendesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Gardening-Gloves2.jpg but these are better for protective work (pruning etc).
For work where you need to be able to feel or control what you are doing I like the ones like this (rubber inside, coloured outside)September 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm #527916
My grandmother always used to say “if you want clean hands, make pastry.”
Of course, this doesn’t apply if you use a food processor to make your pastry 😛September 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm #527917
….or as a way to clean up after the vegie patch…… :jawdrop:
Those Atlas gloves in the link look good.September 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm #527918
oh thanks so much! will be off to Aldi this week. 3 stores within 35 minutes or so, so hopefully one of them will have the gloves. That should get me going. Will check those links as well.
Yeah, not sure about hand making the pastry!September 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm #527919
Just ordered the Atlas ones from the UK -not sure if the ebay are fakes or not! 7.98 British pounds delivered is not bad. Will keep on the lookout for Aldi ones as well!
Thanks so much everyone!September 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm #527920
also- try putting a thick hand creme on before you garden- the theory is that all the little cracks etc will fill up with creme rather than dirt. I fell your pain- my occasional job is a nurse and i too get the ground in dirt which is not a good look in my job either. I LOATHE gloves for gardening and will never wear them. I have an awesome gardener’s soap made by the soapseller at Chillingham and a luffa and a good scrubbing brush and really short nails.September 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm #527921
Good advice GirlFriday. I think I’ll practice with your ideas in the next couple of weeks before I start the job.
The gloves are on the way from the UK so really quick co to deal with.October 4, 2012 at 12:23 am #527922
I got a few pairs of riggers gloves from my youngest son. He had loads but I find they are so strong to
use all the time. Good for when like us we have sword grass and it cuts into the hands pulling them out.October 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm #527923
Thanks Robyne. We have lots of riggers gloves and various other heavy duty ones…hubby uses them for work. Nothing suited my gardening needs.
Have checked in Aldi a few times but no luck. The Atlas ones from the UK arrived after a week. I’m off to try them out this afternoon! I think I should have ordered small rather than medium as they are a little baggy around the hand but the finger length seems ok.October 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm #527924
I have long fingers so I am yet to find a glove that fits well and still gives me dexterity. I do have a set of riggers’ gloves for tough jobs but for general gardening I wont wear them.
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