It's a new garden season!
I typically post on the blog once or twice a month during the months of March-August/September. For this first post of 2022, I thought I would share some products that I've found to work well for me out in the garden.
1.) Sunscreen sticks - When I was in high school, I worked as a lifeguard. When you're young you care more about your tan than you're skin. Needless to say, I usually didn't wear sunscreen and my skin is showing that now. This year I discovered sunscreen sticks. They're not greasy like lotion, give you protection against the sun's rays, and you can carry them in your pocket. Here's the link to what I use, but you may want one with a higher SPF.
2.) Latex/household gloves - I like attractive garden gloves, but after years of using them, I found they were like socks when you put them in the washer/dryer. Only one would make it out of the load and then you're stuck wearing mismatched gloves. I also didn't like the standard cotton gloves because they weren't waterproof. Last year I switched to using latex/household gloves. I love them because they're disposable - I never have to wash them - they're inexpensive, come in different sizes (S,M,L) and they're surprisingly durable. If you have a latex allergy, there are latex free options as well.
3.) Vintage spades- I've spent many hours of my life looking for my glasses when I'm indoors and my spades when I'm outdoors. Last year someone gave me a bag of vintage spades. Years ago, things were made to last a long time. Vintage spades can be found at antique shops for much less than the cost of buying a new one. I've had new garden tools, and I've enjoyed them, but I love my vintage spades even more. If you don't have an antique shop where you live, see what's listed on ebay.
4.) Polarized sunglasses-After graduating from college, I worked for a time at some optical companies. While there, I learned about polarized glasses lenses. If you work outside, I think polarized sunglasses are a must. Polarized lenses help cut the glare of the sun. Make sure your lenses also have UV protection.
5.) Bandanas/handkerchiefs- I started using these more last year. In July and August when the heat reaches summer highs, these are great for wiping your face, or to wear around your forehead - they also keep your hair up. Shop basic or "artsy" -
6.) Gardening knee bench- My mom bought a garden knee bench (similar to this) for me a couple of years ago. I've used it a lot this year and I can honestly say, this thing is a knee and back saver. :) You can sit or kneel, and it comes with a pouch to put your spades, etc.
7.) Metal watering can- Last year I "splurged" on a metal watering can. I had used plastic ones for years, and while they work, I felt a metal one was more durable. I got a yellow one that even I can see from a distance, which is good since I'm always misplacing my garden equipment.