While it has been said that real gardeners don’t wear gloves, I beg to differ.
Sure, there are plenty of occasions where nothing substitutes for a lovely cuticle treatment of garden soil. It truly is a wonderful feeling to pat the ground down firmly around a seedling with a bare hand.
But it’s always a comfort to know you’ve got those garden gloves to fall back on when you really need them. Going to a fancy dinner later that evening? Let’s keep the hands as clean as possible. Picking raccoon poop out of a raised bed? Or (like happened to me last week) needing to detangle a dead rat from bird netting? Don’t even talk to me about not wearing gloves!
Garden glove love
In Issue 24 of The Dirt on Organic Gardening Magazine, we talked about the “glove love” phenomenon. For me, gloves tend to accumulate around my potting table. And they never go to waste.
The only thing I might have more of than garden gloves is starter pots for seedlings.
One category is what I call the volunteers gloves. It’s not unusual for someone to offer to help me in the garden, and I never, never, never refuse such help! It’s kind of lovely to be able to toss a pair of gloves to someone who, for instance, has an irrational fear of spiders. “These magic gloves will protect you from all bug bites!” I’ll tell them. And what do you know. I’ve yet to have someone get bit when wearing a pair of my volunteer gloves.
I also have a thing for specialty gloves. I have leather work gloves for dragging around splintery wood or chicken wire with sharp ends. I have long-cuffed gloves (called rose gloves, or gauntlets) that I always dust off when it’s zucchini season. (Zucchini, and sometimes other squashes as well, have little prickers that irritate my skin like crazy. It’s not actually harmful, but it’s nice to not have to worry about it when picking zukes.)
I have latex gloves for digging up sweet potatoes, and just regular old garden gloves in various states of wear and tear, as well as an assortment of colors to suit the day’s mood.
So imagine my surprise when I recently found a pair of gloves with a NEW functionality!
These gloves go by a crazy assortment of names, but bottom line is that they are digging gloves. You use them to dig! It’s kind of like having a bunch of tiny trowels at your fingertips. I love these things because I feel like Wolverine when I wear them, and kind of go into titanium superhero garden mode.
I posted a pic of these gloves on Instagram, and within minutes, had a slew of people comment, wanting to know where they could get them. Now here’s the cool bit. My friends at Home Amenities sell these gloves! And if you enter the discount code DIGIT, it’ll get you a 30% discount AND free shipping. Life doesn’t get much better than this! Oh, and just so you know, I’ve shopped these gloves around, and even without the discount, their price is the best I’ve seen anywhere.
Su Falcon, Editor in Chief
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