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Finally it is summer and with the coming of summer, we mark the beginning of barbecue celebration season and outdoor living all over the nation. This is the perfect time to get out and clean up that garden a bit before the big garden get-together. To help you with your summer pruning, gardening, and planting I have reviewed three awesome ladies gloves that I have used myself and put through the Shawna-marator testing process with vigor and passion.

As a full time gardener and garden writer, I’m a bit of an obsessed glove collector and definitely use them in my garden to protect my fingernails from breaking and skin infections. I have dozens from all different types of companies. This season I put three completely different gloves to the test.

Gloves Gold Leaf Royal Horticultural Society Dry Touch

Gold Leaf Dry Touch Gloves

Gold Leaf Dry Touch is a tough garden glove (photo below)  made from high quality leather. This glove is fully lined and resistant to water. With all the rain I have had in the garden lately, I have found these gloves great to get in to prune rose bushes and other thorny material even if it is wet outside. Thorns do not get through the tough leather and caring for the gloves involves handwashing them and letting them air dry. A good protective glove which is built to last for years, you can purchase the gloves online at Gardeners.com for $38.95. I highly recommend this glove if you want a tough glove for wet and/or thorny conditions.

Womanswork Paisley Garden Glove With Arm Saver

Definitely the most attractive glove of the bunch, Womanswork Paisley Garden Glove (top photo) is as comfortable as it is stylish. When working in the garden I frequently get “itchy arms” from scratchy plants. The Paisley Garden Glove with Arm Saver is exactly as it describes – a great arm saver that prevents itchy arm. I find these gloves perfect for cutting back perennials and digging mid-summer. They come in several different colors, are made of cotton with a touch of lycra, and have a sun protection factor of 50, making for light work on hot days. The little wrist buckle helps keep the glove snug without being too tight around your wrist. There’s even a nifty stretch pull-cord at the end of the glove so you can tighten it if you are concerned about bugs or plants creeping up your arm into the glove. You can purchase these gloves on the Womanswork.com website for $29.50. They come in several different colors and are machine washable so these gloves make an easy-to-clean reusable garden glove.

Gloves Rostaing  Rubber Coated

Rostaing Rosier Gloves

Rostaing Rosier Gloves (photo above) are supposed to be used for roses because they have great protection against rose thorns even though they are a cotton comfort-based glove. Rubber coating on the outside of the cotton glove means you do not have to have a heavy glove on a super-hot day in the garden. However, I found they are fantastic for every imaginable project under the sun where you want to protect your hands. I used them for painting my Adirondack chairs and loved the way the gloves allowed me to grip the paint brush. Pruning, planting, and lifting containers is easy work with these gloves. They are particularly good for digging in soil because absolutely no soil or sharp splinters get up under the nail to irritate the nail bed. Find these gloves on Amazon.com for $12.67. They work great and when you are done abusing them and want them to be fresh for next time, simply throw the gloves in the clothes washer and let them air dry.

Need a gardening glove for all your summer pre-barbecue party garden clean-up efforts? All three gloves listed above are fantastic solutions to protect your hands and keep them healthy in summer.

According the FTC, I need to let you know that I received glove products in this post at no cost in exchange for reviewing them.


That golden bane of perfect green lawns may soon earn a place of prominence in the horticultural world. Sure, there are gardeners who occasionally harvest dandelion greens for salads or make batches of homemade dandelion wine, but the plant remains an all-too-common weed despised by most suburban homeowners.

dandelionThat may all change if researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have any say. They’ve discovered how to make lemonade out of lemons, if you will, by harvesting dandelion latex (that white sticky stuff in dandelion stems) to make rubber. The idea isn’t new. During World War II, the Allies experimented with all sorts of alternatives to latex from rubber trees because plantations in Southeast Asia had fallen under control of the Japanese. But dandelion rubber never took off, partly because dandelion latex polymerizes (sets up) when it hits the air. The German researchers have been able to turn off the enzymes that cause polymerization, and in the process, increase dandelion latex yields by 500 percent. Time magazine called it one of the 50 best inventions of 2009.

Healthy rubber trees still produce a lot more latex than a dandelion plant, but a serious fungus is threatening to wipe out commercial rubber production from trees. The disease has already eliminated widespread rubber tree cultivation in South America, and is threatening to do so in Southeast Asia.

Rubber from natural latex is important in making car tires elastic enough to inflate. If latex from rubber trees becomes unavailable, that from dandelions may take its place. Another bonus of dandelion latex–it appears to be less allergenic than latex from rubber trees.

So, next spring if your neighbors complain about the crop of dandelions in your front yard, just let them know that you’re on the cutting edge of technology, and have started your very own dandelion latex plantation.


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