I have never been able to stand wearing a hat. It annoys me too much. I have difficulty keeping my glasses on for the same reason and I also cut labels out of clothing because they irritate me as well. I wear gloves about half the time, depending on the chore. Gloves make my wrists itch. I wear flip flops in summer and most of what we call winter and crocks with wool socks if it is really cold. Wool is the only fiber I know that insulates even when wet. 'Hard to find wool socks anymore.
None of the above. I wear a hat hiking or at the beach but not gardening. I only wear gloves when I work on the rose bushes. I like to feel what I'm doing. Tennis shoes summer or "winter". Never bare feet. Ouch!
You only wear gloves! I hope those rose bushes are in your back yard LOL.
I try to always wear gloves (gardening) as my hands get soooo dry.
I should wear a hat, being a redhead, but I get hot in a hat.
My friend tease me about my little brown shoes, but I wear my light weight boots everywhere!
At least flip flops (so I don't track dirt in the house), gloves and sunglasses.
At the garden center, where I work, close toed shoes (required by the company), gloves (when I remember), sunglasses and in the summer, a wide brimmed hat.
And so Domehomedee doesn't tease me, pants and a top. At both places... ;)
I always wear a hat, it keeps the sweat out of my eyes and protects my scalp due to thinning hair. I wear gloves or not, depending on the chore at hand and the type of glove also depends on the chore. Sunglasses are a must and footwear is always Crocs, either the clogs or a pair of hikers if I'll be using a shovel or mowing. The Croc hikers are so comfy I bought a second pair to take on my European cruise.
i always wear a hat and i wear gloves most of the time. hat has a wide brim. the gloves are nitrile touch atlas brand (like wearing no gloves at all) and i slip leather gloves over them if i'm dealing with something thorny. shoes are usually tom's but i have a pair of ariat side zip paddock boots for "real" garden work.
Atlas gloves, usually a hat, barefoot whenever possible. Sunscreen. Can't abide the look or feel of plastic shoes, although as noted above they have a huge following. Absolutely love my Skiller garden pants, canvas with knee pads, tons of tool pockets. Oh yeah, and lately I've added lightweight wrist guards to my garden wardrobe, sigh...
I never wear a hat, as others have said, they're itchy and uncomfortable! I try to wear gloves, but end up wearing them about half the time because I like to be able to feel what I'm doing. Mechanix brand gloves are pretty thin but still protective, so I do wear those sometimes- especially around roses :). I never wear clogs, just flip flops or barefoot most of the year, or tennis shoes during the coldest months. Sunglasses in the backyard sometimes, but the front yard is very shady most of the day. A casual summer dress or shorts and a tank most of the time, or yoga pants and a sweatshirt during the cold months. Jeans, and t-shirt, and lightweight boots when digging big holes or using power tools though!
I almost never wear a hat, though I know I should. Just too hot and seem to always be in the way. I never used to wear gloves, either, as I couldn't find ladies' gloves with long enough fingers, and men's gloves were too wide. Then I discovered the Atlas nitrile gloves, and I almost always wear them now. I can feel everything, even plant seeds with them on, but they protect my hands.
Not fashion & unseen, but I always wear sunscreen. Otherwise, I'm wearing gloves, sunglasses, cap w visor, & worn jeans, shorts, or capris (depending on the temps) with big pockets. I need the big pockets; even if it's an apron or jacket; for tissue, cell phone, reading glasses, etc... I like to wear my old "water" shoes in warm weather. In cooler weather, I wear old sneakers with socks. Add the tattered faded t-shirts, and I do look pretty raggedy. Most importantly, I always wear a BIG SMILE. : )
Im 1 of the barefoot people and Im in the South LOL. My ex was obsessed with getting rid of the fire ants since we split Ive never treated for them and now I hardly ever see them. Now I have problems with snails and slugs tho. Ive lived here for almost 20 yrs and this is my second year dealing with slugs and snails. I still think they are better then fire ants but scorpins are a whole other issue.
I like the idea of gardening in your PJ's. Maybe I'd have a decent pair of pants to wear out and about then, LOL.
Fireants . . . makes me glad I'm in California with the black widow spiders.
And thanks for the info on "good" gloves. I've always been a soft leather girl but I'm willing to try something diffferent and less expensive!
Atlas 370s, always! My DH always said I have a glove fetish! Ha!
I buy these by the dozen (or more), and love to give them to gardening friends for birthdays, Christmas, special events, etc.
So far, I've only bought them from Co-ops.
They wash up great. I wash them in my plant sink, while still wearing them. A small scrub brush and lava soap usually cleans them up nicely if I haven't let the mud dry on them (which I do, quite frequently. Oops..) I just let them air dry.
I have a sink too! In my greenhouse. It's a double that we found by the side of the road. My hubby put in a pump to run water from my rain barrel to the sink. Love it! The picture shows the sink, pump and rain barrel (a carolina jasmine is covering it) right outside the greenhouse.
To get back on topic, I throw my atlas gloves right in the wash. I try to buy mine at our County Arboretum's store, to help support them.
Another vote for the Atlas gloves. I have several pairs (and so does my husband) and they are the best thing since sliced bread. I can do everything but handle teensy tiny seeds with them on. My hands and nails are in MUCH better shape since I started using them every time I decide to dig :-)
Shoes are optional. If I'm doing serious gardening, then it's some comfortable old running shoes, but if I"m just playing in the dirt, it's flipflops or barefoot for me.
KyWoods - yes, that's true! I realized the other day that one of mine have a hole that's letting in quite a bit of dirt. Guess my socks and I have a date with the Clorox here pretty soon. I'm loathe to give them up yet, they've got a lot of miles on 'em and they fit just right!
Carrie, it took mine a while to see the virtue in gloving up, but he's come to appreciate that it takes less time to slip them on and off than to scrub off the grime when you don't (not to mention, dealing with dried, cracked fingers and cuticles - clay soil sucks the moisture right out of your skin.) Not to mention, a few rounds with brambles and stickery weeds can get just about anybody to reach for the heavy-duty gloves. And the coup de grace to braving it bare-handed? He's developed a sensitivity to poison ivy.
I hope that before mine has any more few toes in the grave he will see the error of his prideful ways, folks. Ever since I bought my first ATLAS gloves in a DG co-op, I have been an Atlas convert. (I was already a gloves and mittens person, I just didn't know about Atlas.) Now all my lady-like gloves genes have been sublimated by the Atlas Gloves gene spliced in.
DH is super-sensitive to all kinds of brushed-against things, mowed-down things, pruned things and weed-whacked things, but to date, has found it more fits his image to suffer in silence and then MAYBE need a trip to the ER next week for steroids! If he acted that way at his REAL JOB, well, never mind. Three cheers that some sensible spouses are able to take direction. (He'd probably say I don't take direction either!)
I wouldn't say he took direction. I bought the gloves, showed him how thin and flexible they were and then left it alone. I'd wear mine, he didn't for a while. Then eventually he decide it was worth a try :-)
And I'll go on record and admit that stubbornness is not exclusively a guy thing...I'm the same way: it's gotta be MY idea for me to fully warm up to it.
Purple nitrile gloves in small so they fit tight for light work, Bionic gloves for tough work, wide brim hat in sun, ALWAYS some type of shoe--I stepped on a wasp one Mother's Day and it felt like a knife going in my foot! I just thought the other day I'd like a tool belt for gardening. I need something to keep scissors, plant ties, cultivator/whatever. I have a garden scooter from years ago that I can't do without. And a squishy padded kneeling pad from Target.
ATLAS GLOVES!!! Here's a little known fact (that we should all know) about Atlas gloves... You should wash them in the washing machine and DRY THEM IN THE DRYER!!! I helped out the company who makes/imports the Atlas gloves and learned from them that the dryer reinvigorates the "tackiness" of the palms and fingers of the 370's (and the other nitrile gloves.) Who would've thunk???
Not a hat girl, but sometimes a visor that just pushes on (not all the way around the head.) I don't have a kneeler (big butt works fine!) and I do have one of those "rocking" stools which I couldn't do without.
Also, I'll send a prize to anyone who can help me find shoes for gardening (preferably clogs with a back-strap) that have arch support and work for over-pronation (flat feet that roll "in.") I have been searching for a long time and haven't come across anything. Crocs (even prescription), Dansko, etc. aren't supportive enough. I've been wearing my New Balance 1011's that end up stinky!
FYI: i don't know what you all pay for your Atlas gloves but i was paying 8.00 a pair at ace. amazon has a 6 pack for 24.00 including shipping from an out source company...that's half for the mathematically impaired.
it depends on the amount of work in a summer, i think. i usually wear out one pair at least but the sand here cuts everything eventually, including the tips of gloves. i have a pair in the kitchen on top of the microwave. i use them instead of mitts to take hot plates out of the microwave...NOT good for oven work though.
i have a pair in the van for when i'm nursery hopping.
i have a couple of new pairs hanging in the garage. i use one pair until they're done-but i'm anal.
Good to know. I've had all sorts of cotton, nylon and leather (and several combinations of material) gloves in the past that wore a hole in one or more fingers within a few hard workouts in the yard. So I was starting to wonder how long these might last, since they're obviously much sturdier than what I've had in the past, epsecially with thinner gloves (which are wonderful :-)
So can someone recommend some equally wonderful rose gauntlets? Because I'm not sticking my arms in the bushes this year without a pair.
Funny, I have a bunch of left gloves, 'cause I'm right handed, and the right ones always wear out faster. I was looking for gloves at work today, and found a drawer full of left gloves, too!
Any left-handers in need of gloves? LOL
I'm a lefty KyWoods. I always have one glove worn more than the other. I've never paid attention to whether it's the right or left. I guess that I could switch with my oldest righthanded daughter. The youngest one is also a lefty too. : )
I like Atlas gloves too but have been using the 340's, I'll have to look for the 370's and see what they are. Nix on hats too, but will use a folded bandana as a sweat band, flip flops or tennis shoes if I'm doing shovel work. Our landscaping is quarter minus gravel, DH is a barefoot bandit but not me. I too got a bad sting once, but on my hand when pulling bermuda grass from under the Lady Banks hedge. That was one badddd sting. Don't know what critter but I try to always get some gloves before beginnning. Sun glasses for sure, I'm blue eyed.
And I also have more left handed gloves than right [sigh]. I've tried cutting the finger out of a good left glove and using in the worn out right [usually index finger]. It works but is a bit bulky.
Atlas 370 gloves, New Balance shoes with mostly mesh uppers that I throw in the washer and dryer with excellent results, wide brim hat with a tie down, loose cotton shirt, shorts unless I'm weed whacking, insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, and lots of water for me. I would prefer to leave off some of the above, but it's already been close to 100 degrees several days this week and the hot, dry wind blows hard every day in the center of Texas.
No shoes for me, hate shoes! Besides, I think dirt & mud between your toes is a wonderful feeling & a little Mother Earth if you have a scratch, will heal it up in no time! :) When I'm clearing brush & trees I will wear tennies because of snakes & ticks (or if it's cold), along with jeans, a long sleeve shirt & a ball cap. Otherwise I wear shorts & a short sleeved t-shirt. I very rarely wear gloves-I fumble a lot wearing them. I'm one who needs to feel what I'm doing, although I will wear them clearing brush & trees. I'm a lot happier in the heat so that's when I'm out more...the hotter the better for me!
Bee, do those clogs have holes around the front of the toe area or are there only holes where I can see them in that picture? With the small gravel in our yard, the clogs I got at Target has too many holes that let the gravel in.
I wear a pith helmet, clogs and sometimes I need gloves but most times not.
You try to garden in zone 9a in North Florida then make fun of my garden outfit !
Never go to Publix in this gear as everyone looks at you like you are from Mars .
I got these Nitrile 772 a while back to harvest my okra. It makes my bare skin itch so these help alot. They go all the way up my arms. Not sure how they'd do with rose thorns...Cucs also make me itch and they seem to have stickers too. I also recently used them while I was dying some clothes. I'm a notorious mess! Janet