For the green fingered of us out there, it's about the right time to get out in the garden. It's easy to get carried away with tending to our crops, whilst forgetting to also tend to our hands. Gardening can play havoc with our hands; all that wet soil can chafe and dry them out leaving them looking like they need a good watering!

Gardening Gloves

Protect your hands using this most essential tool. Pick the right pair for the type of work you're doing. Thick and robust gloves are what you require if you're handling brambles, stinging nettles, or anything that's likely to cause damage to the surface of the skin.

Thinner, more supple gloves are a good idea if you're doing more delicate work that involves fiddly tasks like re-potting, planting, or even removing greenfly. Thicker gloves will only end up hindering you, and probably make you want to take them off.

Gardeners Gloves

Hand Cream

Gardening takes its toll, and even if protected in gloves, hands still lose moisture through sweating and the vigorous activity can roughen up the surface of the skin. It's therefore important to moisturise after gardening to keep your hands soft, smooth and supple.

Hand cream hydrates the skin, helping it to retain moisture and repair the skin’s natural barrier against dryness. Try carrying a small travel hand cream around with you so you can top up your moisture levels wherever you are.

Gardeners_Hand_Cream_with_Shea_ButterHand Wash

Having green fingers should remain a figure of speech! Make sure to always wash your hands thoroughly after gardening, including getting rid of all that soil from under the nails. Use a hand wash that nourishes your hands, preferably containing natural Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Essential Oils, No Artificial Colourings, Parabens or Sulphates.

Gardeners_Exfoliating_Hand_Wash

Finally, whilst looking after your hands don't forget to actually do the gardening! Here's a quick guide for what needs doing over the next couple of months:

gardening tips for hand care - gardening chart

 

Article first published: 11/06/11

Updated: 09/05/16

VEGETABLE APR MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST
BEETROOT Sow cover
&
Sow out
Thin out
and
Sow out
Thin out,
water &
Sow out
Thin out,
water &
Harvest
Water
and
Harvest
BROAD BEAN Sow out
&
Pinch out
Pinch out Harvest
&
Water
Harvest
&
Water
FRENCH BEAN Sow cover Supports
&
Sow out
Tie in
&
Sow out
Harvest
&
Water
Harvest
&
Water
LEEK Thin &
Transplant
Water Water Earth up
&
Water
LETTUCE Sow out Sow out
&
Sow out
Sow out
Mulch,
Harvest
Water
&
Harvest
Water
&
Harvest
PEAS Support
&
Mulch
Harvest
&
Pinch out
Harvest Harvest
RADISH Sow Sow
&
Harvest
Sow
&
Harvest
Sow
&
Harvest
Sow
&
Harvest
RHUBARB Harvest Harvest Harvest Harvest
RUNNER BEAN Sow out
&
Mulch
Thin,
Supports &
Tie in
Tie in Pinch out,
Harvest &
Water
Harvest
&
Water
SWEET CORN Sow cover
&
Sow cover
Sow out Feed
&
Water
Mulch
&
Earth up
Earth up
TOMATO Sow cover
&
Thin out
Transplant Water Water
&
Thin foliage
Water
&
Harvest