Nowadays, I am known to work in the garden without gloves. I used to wear those cotton-based ones but hate to wear them because I tend to not be able to feel my way due to the thickness of the material. It is somewhat like “feeling in the dark”.
The result – I got numerous wounds on my skin which include blisters caused by excessive abrasion from using the handhoe and cuts and tears on my skin that resulted from injury caused by rocks and pulling weeds.
Last Saturday, Mum passed me a pair of cotton gloves to wear and she forced me to wear them after she saw the numerous plasters I wrapped over the wounds on my hands. She told me to learn to get used to it to protect my hands whenever I work in the garden. She even offered to wash them for me after they are soiled…
They are a pair of white, cotton gloves as you can see, placed on my laptop. They are the same ones that I hate to wear.
Anyhow, I would like to advocate all gardeners to put on a pair of gloves while working in the garden. It protects your hands from wounds and possible bites from harmful garden critters. Reduces the likelihood to get the possibly deadly soil disease too!
Get cotton-based gloves because they are washable and reusable and hence environmentally friendly. They are definitely more economical to use on the long run. I used to wear disposable latex gloves that I put on for my lab work at NUS but they can be costly to buy on the long term and they tear easily.
Last night, I started putting on gloves to do gardening. I know my Mum cares.