Unless of course you have invested wisely in garden tools, your first contact with the garden are your hands,
but even with tools there is no getting around the fact that you are going to need to get your hands dirty, and
along with that you can expect the scratches, bruises and cuts that are inevitable.
You should consider investing in good gardening gloves to protect your hands against damage.
There are several different types of gardening gloves on the market and they all have their benefits and
The cheapest of these gloves are those made of cotton that are comfortable but not quite as durable as other
These gloves will wear out faster than the more expensive gardening gloves and can become heavy when wet,
which can make your hands quite cold in the colder weather.
Also you don't get much protection against thorns and other sharp objects that you might encounter.
Alternatives to these are a combination of leather and cotton, as the leather portion of the glove will offer
some protection against cuts. These gardening gloves will still get water logged and have a limited
The composite spandex/lycra gloves that are available are a better option as they will last longer and they
won't get water logged like the cotton gloves.
They are also very comfortable to wear. You will need to consider getting some rubber gloves if you are working
in wet conditions a lot of the time.
Rubber gloves will ensure that your hands stay dry all the time. If you work with roses quite often there are
gloves that cover your hands and your arm right up to your elbow.
These will allow you to work in comfort and safety while protecting your skin against damage. And finally there
are many people who don't like wearing gloves at all but need some form of protection. You can get spray on
These are a silicon spray that will seal your hands from grime and possible infection and will make cleaning
your hands after you have finished gardening a breeze.
While these 'gloves' won't offer you any protection from scratches and cuts they will help to keep your hands
clean and that is a bonus.