Team Gloves or Team Bare Hands?: No gloves - except for Thistles!

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Team Gloves or Team Bare Hands?

By Trish
July 24, 2011

We've talked feet, let's talk hands. Do you protect and pamper, or tough it out barehanded?

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Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
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okus
Jul 25, 2011 8:57 AM CST
I'm with team no gloves, I can't feel what I'm doing with gloves on. I do take a glove out with me when I work in the garden so that I have something to grab a thistle or nettle with, but odds are I'll just use the trowell to expose some roots and pick it up with those.

My hands are a mess of scratches and the dirt under my finger nails takes for ever to shift but my plants thrive because i can feel them and the soil they are in.

Carol
Carol

Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jul 25, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Washing dishes by hand works wonders for getting that dirt out from under fingernails Whistling
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Jul 25, 2011 3:47 PM CST
I uaually HATE wearing gloves! Except when picking up holly leaves...they hurt. and in areas where I've spotted scorpions...they hurt too. After playing in the dirt I put the hose on JET and jet under my nails which works rather well
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Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United Kingdom Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Irises
Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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okus
Jul 25, 2011 4:02 PM CST
I find washing my hair does the trick most of the time, provided I really give myself a scalp massage while I'm doing it. It also removes the bits of grass and seeds that have glued themselves to my head I swear my hair is a magnet for those bits of stuff Hilarious!
Carol

Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jul 25, 2011 8:24 PM CST

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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jul 26, 2011 12:37 PM CST
I agree with no gloves...except for the bayberry bushes.

I got'em (gloves), I hate'em, I should wear 'em, I don't. My nails would certainly thank me if I did...
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 11, 2014 5:18 PM CST
No gloves unless there are thistles or thorns.
The good earth feels good on ones bare hands.
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 29, 2014 4:36 PM CST
My hands are already becoming glove-like for the season!

I have gloves in my glovebox, behind the seat of my truck, (under the seat?) and even in my everyday tool bucket. Everyone has covered plants that do dictate their use but I'll add another: cactuses (or cacti if you prefer). I still get stuck though Whistling

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