I want to show you my collection of garden gloves. What? You didn't actually think I only had one pair, did you??? Nor only one KIND of glove? Heavens no! The proper garden glove for the task at hand...so to speak.
These rubberized gloves are a recent acquisition. We were coming home from Wooly Acres...oh, yes, remind me to tell you about that. Fun times! But anyway, Tom stopped by a few stores one of which was the Harbor Freight place, his favorite for tools and such. With all the tools he already has you'd think he couldn't possibly find more to buy and yet he always does...but I digress. Sorry.
Last year, Tommy bought me a pair just like these and I liked them so much, that when I saw them again this time, I snatched up a pair...and then I grabbed another. Well, they are that good! I used the old pair to death. I'd show you a picture, but...well they really are dead.
As you can see, the palms are rubber coated. The rest is just a knit fabric, soft and comfy, but the rubber side is water proof which makes them perfect for weeding in the morning. Why the morning? Well, around here during early spring, the dew doesn't dry off the plants until well past noon. I used to go through 3-4 pairs of the simple cloth gloves when I was weeding. They would soak right through within a few minutes. It was hardy better than going bare-handed.
I had devised a plan to wear rubber glove under the cloth ones, but that was too much trouble. I still do it sometimes when doing trimming of hedges or handling heavy buckets of rocks or weeds. I also like these for pushing the lawn mower and dumping the grass out onto the compost pile.
Diane Quinn, the cactus wrestler... she'll tell you!
They come in all sorts of colors, but I've found they really only make them for male hands. I can never find them in my size. I have a solution for that which works for me. I often use them during cooler weather so I just layer gloves one on top of the other. A nice warm knit pair under the work gloves keeps my hands warmer and extra protected. Even better for the thorny projects.
I like a better fitting glove for delicate weeding--weeding around plants I wish to keep even if they aren't what most people call delicate. It's the weeding that I call delicate not the plants which are weeded around...hope I'm not confusing you.
So, that's my collection of garden gloves. No, you don't absolutely need to use gloves all the time in the garden, but I feel better using them. I'm too wary of encountering poison ivy in my yard, not to use them!