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Gardening Protection

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Gardening Protection

Gardening without injury – 7 Inexpensive Must-Have Accessories.

Gardening is more than just an activity that results in the growth of a variety of plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits. It’s an instant stressbuster, mood lifter and a total body workout. Ample research indicates that gardening provides physical, mental, emotional and physiological benefits to humans. Moreover, gardening enables us to connect with nature and grow crops that are nutritious and organic.

While gardening is a fun activity, it can also be a little dangerous. Getting cuts, bruises, scrapes on the knees and other injuries are common while growing tomatoes or pruning roses. For most of us, such injuries are just a bit of an inconvenience. However for the very young, elderly these injuries can be real health risks. Soil, compost and animal faeces and urine harbour a range of dangerous pathogens like listeria, tetanus, legionnaires disease, Weil’s disease and salmonella. If you receive a cut or scratch whilst gardening the risk of infection is increased as any pathogens in the environment can enter your body. This can happen through the cut by-passing a range of your usual defences.  Therefore, it’s essential to purchase protective gear in order to prevent such injuries from occurring frequently. Luckily, many protective gardening accessories are reasonably priced.

Below are some cheap protective gardening gears that every seasoned gardener must adorn before getting down and dirty:

1. Gardening Gloves

Perhaps the most important accessory any gardener should have are gloves. Gloves not only prevent the formation of dirt under your fingernails. But they also prevent wood splinters, tiny shards of glass and other sharp objects from bruising your hands. There are several inexpensive gloves available online. Some are even lightweight and feel like a second skin.

2. Gardening Knee Pads

Needless to say that gardening requires the gardener to get down on their knees and feel the soil. Unfortunately, doing this for a long time results in weak knees, knee aches and pain in the knee caps. A simple, effective and economical way to protect your knees is by putting knee pads underneath them. There are a diverse range of knee pads available in the market today. These range from soft cushioned ones to those made of harder material.

3. Gardening Aprons

Gardening aprons are unlike the kitchen ones that moms adorn while cooking a delectable family meal. These types of aprons serve two important purposes. First, they keep dirt and dust away from your clothes and second, they have multiple pockets to store your favourite tools. Suspenders, shoulder straps and buckles help keep the apron in place.

4. Cut-resistant Sleeves

Ask any experienced gardener if they’ve ever had cuts or bruises while gardening and the answer will always be yes. Some might even say it comes with the job. Fortunately, cut-resistant sleeves made of a material called Dyneema can change this occupational hazard. Such sleeves are sturdy enough to protect the wearer from cuts and bruises yet are gentle on the skin. No cuts, no red rash and no discomfort.

5. Magnetic Wristband

On the surface, a magnetic wristband may seem like an unnecessary item to purchase. But in actuality, it prevents gardening tools from forming cuts and wounds on your skin by keeping the tools glued to your wrist. Lightweight and easy to strap on, a magnetic wristband is certainly a tool worth having.

6. Kneeler Seat

Knee pads are great for protecting your knees but you know what’s even better? Kneeler seats. Because they serve a dual purpose. The first is protecting your knees and back. The second purpose of kneeler seats is to store handy tools. So you can store handy tools like pruning shears, scissors, gloves and small hand trowels. Then move along with them. Moreover, some of these seats are also portable
Kneeler seats are especially useful for senior citizens. Who have weak knees or arthritis but don’t want it to prevent them from enjoying the benefits of gardening.

7. Pruning Gloves

Regular gloves don’t offer adequate protection against nicks from thorns. So it’s important to have a set of pruning gloves handy while clipping your beautiful red roses. Since they are tougher than regular gloves, they provide better protection.

Final Thoughts

No one likes getting a splinter under the skin, slapping a plaster on a cut or getting a bruise. Use the protective gears and tools above to make gardening a safe and fun activity.

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Spring Gardening Tips

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Spring gardening tips; the sun is out, the birds are singing, and the grass seems to be greener in general; which also means it’s time to make that garden look a bit more appealing!

What do you know about organic gardening? Do you have particular techniques you like to use? Or do you prefer to pick things up as you go? Successful gardening is no big secret and the truth of the matter is that with the right information, you don’t have to be a professional horticulturist to fully appreciate a garden; anyone can achieve their ideal garden organically. Even if you can’t go the whole hog there are some easy ways to greatly reduce your use of chemicals and fertilisers. Make good use of our spring gardening tips.

Spring gardening tips, you’ll soon be on your way to attaining that organic garden of your dreams!

  • Pay close attention to the positioning of your plants. You can utilise certain taller plants to shade plants that are sensitive to the sun. Don’t be afraid to move your plants – either in Autumn or early spring while the plant is dormant.
  • Mix a combination of water, vinegar and alcohol to scrub away salt deposits that build up in clay pots. This ensures you can use them again (just make sure they are dry prior to using them though!).
  • A cheaper alternative to insect repellent is washing up liquid; simply just squirt a little into a water spray bottle and spray the plant foliage to keep those insects away.


  • It is worth spending a little extra and investing in a fence to go around your garden. It keeps put unwanted animals and also helps stop weed seeds and pests from entering your garden.Spring Garden
  • If you are garden proud, it may be worth investing in artificial grass for your garden. This will ensure it stays looking pristine not only during the warmer season, but all year round. Artificial grass does not need feeding, weeding, watering or cutting!


  • A great way to get rid of slugs in your garden is to leave out a container or bowl filled with beer. Ensure that the lip of the container is at ground level. Slugs are attracted to beer so will be drawn to it and drown.
  • Another common method of ridding your garden of leaf eating insects is to use chilli pepper. Simply add a tablespoon of red chilli pepper per quart of water in to a spray bottle and spray on to the leaves and foliage.
  • See organic gardening as more of a hobby rather than a chore. Gardening is incredibly therapeutic, once you relax you will learn that you enjoy it a lot more.
  • Consider buying or building a composter. You can recycle all your kitchen and garden waste into a natural and organic fertiliser.
  • If you are a pet owner, ensure you read ingredients and be wary when using repellent and weed killer; these can be harmful for your pet.
  • Remember that soil needs to be pretty dry before digging; digging soil while it’s wet can destroy the structure which defeats the whole purpose. Because it is wet it is also much heavier so the job is much more tiring!


  • If you forgot to use grass seed in the Autumn to fill bare patches and thicken your lawn you can still sow in mid-spring. However, you need to keep the seeds moist so wait until a period of showers is forecast. If this is not possible then make sure you water your new seeds regularly. We recommend buying your seeds from an agricultural grass seed supplier online. The quality will be much better and the price lower. Many of the grass seeds sold in DIY chains are old and their germination rates relatively poor.
  • Once you have the base of your garden covered, add a few visually appealing additions; this can do wonders for the aesthetic appeal of your garden. Think wind chimes, a water feature, a bird house or even a sculpture.
  • Last of all, you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your efforts, so invest in a garden bench or perhaps even a swing gazebo! After all that hard work, you deserve it!

In conclusion

So there you have it, obviously, there is a lot more to gardening than just the above basic tips, and the more you reap, the more you will sow! Just remember, if you are a beginner or budding gardener, nobody gets it right the first time; it is normal to tinker a little, change things about and experiment – it’s all part of the fun!

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