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Groovey gardening gloves

I like nicely manicured hands, who doesn’t? As a kid, I can remember getting into trouble for a lot of things relating to “hand grooming or un-grooming” practices. As a tot the incessant thumb-sucking drove my parents nuts, later on biting my nails caused plenty of reprimands and finally in my teens, unkempt hands would cause my Dad to raise his eyebrows in a way that I knew it would be much better to keep my hands hidden behind my back! You would think that at my current age I would no longer worry about parental approval, but for some reason I still do (those raised eyebrows … hoo boy!).

I’ve tried all sorts of gloves for gardening over the last few months. Ordinary rubber gloves were probably the most useless so I started buying so-called “gardening gloves”. I’d start the gardening day most enthusiastically with hands neatly covered in a new pair, only to throw them off 5 minutes later because they are just simply not comfortable or do not allow for normal hand operation in the garden. The result has been some seriously ungroomed, unkempt hands after months of “bare-hand” gardening. Seriously, its not been pretty!With a visit from my Dad coming up soon (he lives in the USA and will be visiting us in August), I’ve been having visions of having to keep my dirty fingernails hidden for two weeks in woollen gloves, pretending some sort of affliction that requires full hand bandages or standing like a child with hands hidden behind my back for the duration of his visit. Or, the alternative – dealing with those “raised eyebrows”!

In a last ditch effort to find a solution I spent about an hour perusing all the options at the local nursery. All sorts of gloves available … some I’ve tried before, others felt cumbersome and one last type I had not tried. Enter my “groovey gardening gloves”.

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Yay! They are super comfortable! Double Yay! They let my hands breathe! Triple Yay! I can potter around in the garden for hours wearing these beauties WITHOUT wanting to rip them off my hands in disgust. And when I remove them? Clean Hands! I’ve been using them for three weeks now and no holes or breaks in them … meaning they might last long enough to warrant the expense of R62.95 per pair. Its looking positive and I will be able to show Dad my lovely garden without hiding my hands behind my back or having to deal with eyebrows that get raised.

These gloves are by With Garden™. The blurb on the pack says “Advanced Technology with Grip Excellence – Ultimate technology promises unparalleled grip performance”. They are machine washable, have a breathable back area, waterproof palm area, offer UV protection and the rubbery front part offers a great grip on whatever you are working with. They fit perfectly so they are very easy to work with.

What gardening gloves do you use? Would love to hear!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

5 replies on “Groovey gardening gloves”

The garden gloves that have been working for me are made by Wells Lamont. They keep my fingers and nails clean. I always cover my fingertips and cuticles with Burt’s Bees cuticle cream before putting on my garden gloves and working in the garden. They always get so dry and cracked. I am so glad you posted a review of some gloves, however, because I am always looking for good gloves. If this brand does not work out, I may try ‘With Garden.’

Oh yes!! These are ABSOLUTELY wonderful. I boulght a similar type of glove at Builders Warehouse, but with my heavy duty garden work, they only lasted 1 month. Better than most gloves you mention because they are still too uncomfortable to wear!! I had to smile about your Dad’s eyebrows – they would be intimidating, if they are anything like my dad’s. My daughter gives me the evil eye!! That’s scary! 🙂

Love these gloves, they wash up well too! I think I may need to invest in some =) I am a lover of gloves and will not garden without them. Although I am fond of a fun little print, at the moment its ladybugs for me!

I need to give those “rubber-dipped” gloves a try again. I had a pair several years back, but stopped using them for some reason.

For the most part I work ungloved unless dealing with rocks or prickly plants. My hands just get too hot, no matter how much the glove “breathes”.

Strangely, nobody has ever commented on the state of my manicure, although I doubt I’d care if they did. They *have* commented on the state of my garden (in a good way), and that’s what’s important to me. 🙂

I wear gloves because I was tired of getting cuts, stings and filthy nails. I have pro any six different pairs to wear and most are similar to yours shown.

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