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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
Feb 3, 2017 12:44 PM CST
I honestly don't use gloves when i garden. Maybe if im handling a chemical, but other than that I don't use them, do you?
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Feb 3, 2017 12:50 PM CST
I always use garden gloves, and I have SEVERAL pairs of the Atlas Nitrile gloves since it is easier to work with the plants since they are more form fitting. For heavy duty work I use heavier gloves. My reason for using them is for protection for my hands (I've scraped and cut myself too many times and also helps keep the dirt out from under the fingernails) and also because we have poison ivy around and I strip them off and wash them all the time. It's also easier for me to grab weeds with the gloves since they have a little more grip than my bare fingers. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
Feb 3, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Ouch poison ivy? What do you use to control it? And yea, ive used gloves for weeds before or mowing, but i currently use potting soil for my current plants in my home which i dont use gloves for. I also bought one of those nail scrubbers from the dollar store to keep my nails clean :)
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Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 3, 2017 1:26 PM CST
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I where gloves when i handle plants and harvest. All in that order. Then.
I wash my arms real well.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Feb 3, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Yup, I use them, since some of my succulents have poisonous sap or prickly needles Or even some leaves may have particulates that can easily irritate membranes of your eyes. Sometimes one can unknowingly rub ones eyes, wearing gloves will deter you a bit from doing so. I actually wear those safety glasses to protect my eyes too, at times on a windy day, cannot help some dirt flying around.

Though it really feels nice to feel the soil, but I would rather be safe than sorry.

When it gets too warm outside, but I do not want to wear long sleeves, I wear those white driving arm covers, it also comes in printed colors, easily allows air on my short sleeves, relieves me of heat and some sun protection too while doing yard work. And I would also be wearing a straw hat by then Big Grin

Our tolerances to the environment are changing too through the years, so got to protect our skin, hands etc.
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Feb 3, 2017 1:41 PM CST
I always use gloves too, since we have lots of things that bite and scratch here. Gloves also hold a "magic" for me since somehow my brain gets the message that it's time to work as soon as I put them on.

If I don't put them on, I just flutter around the garden, pick the odd dead stem or weed then flutter away. Nothing gets done.

I volunteer at the local school garden as well. As soon as the kids put on gloves (and we insist upon it) they dive right in and dig in the dirt, handle bugs, pull weeds and really enjoy themselves. Again, if they don't put on the gloves, nothing happens.

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Feb 3, 2017 2:48 PM CST
I'm with Elaine. Gloves, always! No gloves, nothing happens. And most of the weeds I have to pull around here have nasty fine stickers on the stems. No point in going out if I don't have gloves and a pair of cutters with me. Smiling
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Feb 3, 2017 3:42 PM CST
With age comes thin skin, so yes, most of the time I wear gloves. I'm not above pulling small weeds or dead heading without them, but if I go out with the intention of pruning I always wear them...gauntlets if I'll be working with roses or citrus trees. If I don't, I come in with blood spots on my clothes from some jab that I didn't even notice.
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Feb 3, 2017 4:45 PM CST
I rarely use gloves, I like to feel the soil and plants, when I do use gloves I use the Costco nitrile ones
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
Feb 3, 2017 4:52 PM CST
PHILIPWONEL, Yay you spelled it right Sticking tongue out I probably am still a child in your eyes lol I'm only in my mid twenties so I've never heard of 'silly seeds' before lol and sure thing thank you though we should probably hold off on seeds until I move this way I can get my garden set up and I actually didn't give the guy my adress. I never even really talked to him. He had found out all my info somehow when we hadn't even exchanged numbers or e-mails. It got scary, but I'm glad all that's over. I now am a lot more cautious about what I say online.I do SASE now with some people though. I'm also sorry you're allergic to so many great stuff definitely a good idea to wear gloves for that.

Tarev, have you seen the worlds poisonous garden? You should look it up on YouTube It's so pretty. I think it belonged to some royal family though im not 100% sure. I don't think any of the plants I grow or plan to grow are poisonous...well maybe 2, taro root leaves and rhubarb leaves, but can wear gloves when I handle those two plants otherwise I don't mind the soil on my hands. what kinds of succulents do you have?

Yea I think I'll be ok since I plan to have a raised bed so It's soil i purchased and I know what's in it. I don't always wear gloves maily cause I like the feel of the soil and gloves never come in my size. I do need to invest in heavy duty gloves for our lawn mower though cause I have got blisters from pushing it around
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Feb 3, 2017 5:43 PM CST
RenaeC, I got different succulents here and other plants, if you click on my name, you will also see my plant list. Smiling
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Feb 3, 2017 6:21 PM CST
I am Team No Gloves despite the fact I bought tons of Atlas gloves during the glove co-op on here. Yes I get scratched, even bad rashes. (remember that?) I bought super long gloves (for aquariums) to protect my arms from that bad rash that sent me to the doc with suspected MRSA. But I've never worn them either. My gloves decorate my greenhouse much like clothing decorates a treadmill.
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Feb 3, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Years ago I did not use gloves but as I became more serious about gardening I realized that gloves are a often necessity to protect the hands. No more blisters. No more getting stabbed by thorns. So sap to irritate my skin. But, that being said, when I am potting up plants I remove the gloves and get a feel for the soil. Planting tiny seedlings is a delicate job and one needs to be gentle, so no gloves for that task.

Oh, when I am working near poison ivy I put disposable latex gloves over my gardening gloves.

RenaeC, how much longer until you move into the new place and can start a garden?
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
Feb 3, 2017 7:13 PM CST
We have until mid september I think. I have to double check our contract. But, I've already started to check the area for new rental companies for us to apply with which is a bit hard cause most of the rental companies around this area have a 1 or 1.5 star rating. I really can't wait till we can move. I was hoping we could rent a house on the country side, so we have a bigger space and the dogs are less agitated by the trucker's that occasionally drive by, but something like that in this area is not easy to find or costs way too much. I want to start planting already, but I know I have to wait. We still have to buy storage tubs and start packing at the end of summer, so we have everything ready for the truck.
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Feb 4, 2017 10:19 AM CST
I wear gloves, most of the time. I do like the feel of soil on my hands when potting but don't care for the dirty fingernails. I take off the gloves to weed smaller weeds and when sowing seeds.

Yesterday, even wearing my 'rose' gloves, I still got pricked. If there are thicker ones available, I need some.

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Name: Anna Z.
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Feb 4, 2017 11:31 AM CST
I usually always wear those black nitrile ones when I'm mixing potting medium, or doing a bunch of repotting. My hands dry out so bad and I get cracks if I don't, especially with the dryness of the peat moss I use. I also use them for weed pulling (most of the time). I don't like all that dirt under my fingernails.........I've had so much dirt and other "stuff" since we farmed.

I don't do any seed starting or small plant things, so that's not a concern for me.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Feb 4, 2017 1:48 PM CST
Yeah, my hands dry out and crack... I have plenty of briars to pull, and... Evil 7 minute itch.... Get into the cndosculous and then you've done something....

Still opt not to wear gloves....

If you've never pulled blackberry briars barehanded, you haven't been serious about gardening... Yet.

The seven minute itch?

Try not to scratch.... I've found that like poison ivy, choosing not to scratch saves the epidermal layer.
Not sure that gloves will help with cndosculous, anyway... It's best to just wait until you have a shovel in your grip...
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Feb 4, 2017 2:58 PM CST
I've pulled a thistle or two without gloves..........thought they were "small" enough that they wouldn't bother. Wrong.............LOL
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Feb 4, 2017 3:34 PM CST
I do...mostly. It's when the gloves are in the shed but I'm not near that I go without them. There is a joy in removing gloves and having clean hands with no broken nails.

Though I have many extra sets of gloves, there are times I think I'm done for the day and they find just one more thing to do. So much for good intentions.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
Feb 5, 2017 6:42 PM CST
You think these gloves really work? I'm a bit skeptical

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