Hemophobic said:Both. I like the feel of dirt when I'm planting and my nails are a mess most of the time, even with scrubbing, nail brushes, etc.
I even dip my fingertips in lemon juice in an effort to whiten them! I keep my nails short and don't waste money on manicures.
I do use gloves if I'm doing heavy work or working with rose bushes or thorny weeds, cleaning up debris, etc.
I was going to type pretty much the same thing, figured I'd just echo Angie's post!
I'm a little late joining in, but this is a fun one, Cheryl !
I was lucky enough to snag a pretty good-size pack of leather gloves from the railroad when my husband was still working; they were provided with work gloves of all kinds, and this batch came in with a whole pack of size small gloves... yeah, right - lots of guys that work on the tracks wear small gloves
. So those protect my hands when I'm doing something that I know is likely to involve splinters, rocks, or stinging nettles (although the latter generally catch me unaware at least once every year), but otherwise I'd rather work bare-handed.
One year I was weeding and generally cleaning up the perennial garden in the fall and things were pretty wet, so I put a pair of disposable vinyl gloves under my leather gloves to try to keep my hands a little warmer -- even though I never normally react to that type of gloves, I had one heck of a rash on my hands for quite a while, so I never tried that little trick again.
And then there was the joke that I came up with about how in the summer I could get my hands nice and clean by just baking bread, and the white bread came out looking like whole wheat...
(honest, I was just joking!!