What are the best gloves to use for gardening?

If you’re a keen gardener, you’ll be well aware of the need for a good pair of gloves. You can get away without them for many tasks, but at some point or other, a bit of absent-minded pruning will have turned into something much more serious, at the end of which you’ll find your hands and lower arms scored with countless scratches. ‘I must remember to wear gardening gloves,’ you’ll think.

But which ones?
A pair of gloves can both help and hinder, so it pays to think about how you will use them so that you can make the right decision. In particular, fine, dextrous work will demand well-fitting gloves which aren’t too thick. Fortunately, modern materials mean that you can find this without having to compromise on protection and durability.

The right size
No matter which material you go for, ensure that your gloves are the correct size. The easiest way to check this is by putting a pair on and clenching your fists. You will easily feel whether they are too tight or too loose. If they are a good size, you should be able to avoid blisters even if you spend quite a long time working in them.

It’s also best to get gloves which go past your wrist. When reaching into shrubs or doing weeding, you can often pick up a lot of scratches around the wrist area. Having that extra bit of material will also prevent dirt from getting inside your gloves. You can even look for those with elastic around the wrist to provide extra protection in this regard.

The right material
This may depend on the task you are carrying out. In some cases, you’ll simply want a bit of protection and a straightforward pair of thick cotton gloves will be enough. At other times, you’ll want waterproof materials which will keep your hands dry when working with water or damp soil.

In some situations, it would be well worth investing in nitrile gloves or those with a nitrile coating. If you are dealing with pesticides, fertilisers, oils or acids, this material will provide your hands with good protection. Neoprene resists more oils and solvents than almost any other material and it also provides good protection from cuts and scratches.

No matter which material you go for, look at what is used on the palms and fingers to confirm that it will give you sufficient grip. Hard manual work involves great forces, so you don’t want tools slipping or you are liable to get blisters. Fortunately, many cotton gloves come with a thin nitrile coating which will provide this.

A good pair of gloves can be the difference between enjoying your time in the garden and finding you’ve sustained injuries. The right gloves can effectively provide you with the motivation to spend more time in the garden as well as the protection you need in order to do this. Different gloves offer different benefits and it may be worth investing in several pairs so as to ensure that you always have the right ones for any given task.
The Glove Club are manufacturers and suppliers of a wide variety of gloves to suit all purposes.

Miltoniopsis benito que 'Eternity'

Miltoniopsis benito que 'Eternity'

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Disa Orchids

The Disa genus of orchids consists of 169 terrestrial orchid species native to tropical and South Africa, Madagascar and along the Western Indian Ocean. Its members are primarily from South Africa, and it is most noted for the species Disa uniflora, a spectacular red orchid also known as "The Pride of Table Mountain." However, Disa bracteata also occurs near Perth, Australia. They were named after Disa, the heroine of a Swedish legend, by the botanist Carl Peter Thunberg. The plants grow from a fleshy tuberous root which is mostly used for the artificial sweetener maltodextrins and may attain a height of 90 cm. The flowers grow in racemes or solitary. The petals and the lip are small. The lip is nonresupinate, so the flower appears upside down compared to most orchids. The flowers consist essentially of the sepals. The flowers are colored in the whole range of red.

Vanda 'Thai Ruby'

Vanda 'Thai Ruby'

Ascocenda 'Fuchs Gold'

Ascocenda 'Fuchs Gold'

Ascocenda Natcha 'Madarin'

Ascocenda Natcha 'Madarin'
Ascocenda Natcha 'Madarin'