Yesterday’s U-T had an nice article in the Homes section written by Dick Streeper about garden gloves. Normally I would link to the article, but apparently the paper didn’t post a link so I’ll recap for you.
Personally, I’m a big user of gloves, depending on the project. Mr. Streeper mentioned four different kinds of gloves and I use all of them, except the last kind, which I need to get.
Latex Nitrile Gloves – These are the kind you see in the doctors office. Actually, nowadays with latex being a big allergy problem for a lot of people, nitrile examing gloves are what I’m finding at Costco. These gloves are great to use on projects that have you immersing your hands in muck, or using chemicals. They are pretty strong and I can usually get a couple of uses out of them if they aren’t completely yucky. A friend of mine swears by them after getting a staph infection that required hospitalization. What was in her soil?! Yikes!
Lightweight Gardening Gloves – Nice to have for everyday garden projects. I used to hate wearing this kind of glove because I found them a bit cumbersome, but once I discovered the nitrile gardening gloves my whole outlook on gloves changed. Good protection for your hand without losing the ability to do detailed work in the garden.
Leather Gloves I don’t use my heavy leather gloves very often, but when I need them, they are invaluable. Don’t cheap out on these. Get a pair that are supple, not stiff. Mr. Streeper writes that a good leather glove should fit well with your fingers going to the tips of the glove fingers, but when you flex your hand into a fist the glove should stay in place on your hand.
Gauntlet Gloves This is the only pair of gloves I don’t own. The first time I saw them I thought, “Why would I want to look like I’m going to a gardener’s ball?,” but having shredded my arms on thorny vines and large succulents enough times answered that question. Expensive but invaluable if you work around thorns a lot. I need to get a pair. Santa, are you listening?