As cottage gardeners we need gloves that are thin enough to use for planting and other up-close tasks, but tough enough to last. I keep getting holes in the fingers. Anyone have a favorite long-lasting glove to recommend?
My favorite gloves got eaten by mice over the winter. They were leather, with a soft thin leather on the underside (the palm side) and then a thicker material on the back. I don't recall the brand. I bought a new pair of leather ones, and this year I will store them in the house over the winter.
I bought some waterproof gardening gloves a few years ago and I like them for certain things like planting out. they're just a thick rubber glove but they are good for winter or jobs where they will get wet. other times I just use leather gloves but they are a bit cumbersome for things like planting out.
Ouch! Ouch! Recommend some cactus-proof gloves!
pandigital novel body glove case-fits like a glove
Do good gloves exist?
Playtex rubber gloves out of sight!
The best gloves come in sizes, because one size does not fit all.
The ones I use most are nitrile-coated and cost about $4-7 a pair. They're thin enough to plant seeds, but I usually end up planting brassicas without gloves. I have several pairs I bought at a garden fair a few years ago, and have worn out only one so far. Last year Burpee had a $2 knockoff version of these at a local bigbox, but I haven't seen them this year. The joe gardener co., which reviews garden gear and gadgets and produces a list of the 10 best each year ("best of the must-haves") recommended Atlas Nitrile Touch gloves this year.
I use a thicker version for working in the compost.
My other favorite garden gloves were pricier, about $16 a few years ago, and are made by West County Gardener. They're comfortable, fully washable, all synthetic, and sturdy. But they're so good looking that I don't reach for them first when I'm going to be playing in the mud!
If it's just a small hole, duct tape. Even big holes. And if you use one hand far more than the other, you can turn inside out the non-used one, and put it on the busy hand.
Dave, who goes through a lot of right-hand gloves and very few left hand ones.
Something's going to wear out first. With gloves, it's the fingers if you dig by hand in soil. Just buy a new pair.
Oh, and learn to scrape with your left hand as well.
I like Mud Gloves & Mud Glove types, & for jobs that require more dexterity, I use a similar glove from Dollar General store;it's almost the same glove, but made from finer/thinner materials.