Warm, waterproof garden gloves – really
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That day I wore them to prune a fruit tree — so far so good. I handled soaking wet lichen-covered wood with absolutely no moisture inside the gloves. Then they got grubby with an hour’s worth of weeding in cold, wet clay soil. I even plucked some leaves off the surface of a small water feature. I never needed to change them out.Skip to next paragraph
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Although the finger tips and palms seem like leather, they’re not. The gloves are machine washable. Most of my others go through the washing machine, too, but for these waterproof gloves, I’ve found a better cleaning technique:
I simply come in at the end of a muddy day and, with the gloves still in place, I wash my hands with a squirt of soap and rinse the mud off in the laundry sink. If I take a certain care not to slop water over the wrist edges, the insides of my gloves stay dry. Then I take them off and hang them up, so the exterior surfaces can dry. The gloves are soft and malleable for the next time I wear them.
A glove valentine
I was so sold on these gloves I bought a waterproof pair for my husband — a man who can get cranky about high-priced gardening items. “What’s wrong with leather work gloves from the farm store?” was his response to my present.
Then he wore his new gloves to climb a ladder and unblock a gutter full of pine needles and oak leaves. By the time he came down off the ladder, he too was a happy camper with still-warm (and dry) hands.
Have you found a great pair of gloves that performs exactly the way you wish they would? Leave a comment below and we’ll share your information for gardener gift giving — for yourself and others who want to work with warm (and dry) hands.
Mary-Kate Mackey, co-author of “Sunset’s Secret Gardens — 153 Design Tips from the Pros” and contributor to the “Sunset Western Garden Book,” writes a monthly column for the Hartley Greenhouse webpage and numerous articles for Fine Gardening, Sunset, and other magazines. She teaches at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication. She writes about water in the garden for Diggin’ It.
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