Here’s a garden tip for your fingertips–and your whole hands: Buy some surgical gloves, and wear them while working in your garden. Gardeners often wax poetic about the joys of dirt beneath one’s fingernails, but literally, it’s not the point. Having a pretty manicure and a pretty garden need not be mutually exclusive if you follow one easy step: Wear surgical gloves. Even if you’re pulling on other work gloves, wear surgical gloves as your base layer.
Surgical gloves allow dexterity, so they can handle fine work–even planting small seeds. Of course, surgical gloves are thin, so when you’re doing heavier work such as pulling briny weeds, you’ll want to layer another thicker pair on top.
Surgical gloves will protect your manicure, and also will protect your skin from any harsh chemicals that might lurk in your garden. Gloves are especially important if you are not gardening organically.
You can purchase surgical gloves at most drugstores. If you’re a Costco member, the warehouse stocks them. I keep a box in my kitchen, one in my basement, and one in my garage so a pair is always within reach when I need them.
If you’re allergic to latex, you can find alternatives.
This tip, hands down, is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the garden without getting dirt under your fingernails.
••• “Cultivate your corner of the world. You grow your garden; your garden grows you.” •••
Friday Jones Publishing will release Colleen Smith’s playful new book “Laid-Back Skier” for fall 2011.
Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo”— a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — is available in hardcover or e—book.
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