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Essential Gardening Gear For All Seasons


Gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities on earth. You spend time outdoors, you get to play in the dirt and when you're done, you have something beautiful to show off to the world.

As the calendar turns toward spring, you may be itching to sink your hands into the soil. You'll start planning for beautiful flowers and tasty fruits and vegetables. But you'll want to make sure all your gardening gear is ready to go.

Here are 3 suggestions for useful gear that will keep you comfortable throughout the seasons.

Comfortable and Waterproof Boots

Your feet come first. Whether you have a small garden or several acres, you'll want comfortable boots that let you keep going all day.

In the spring and fall, you may have colder temperatures and rainy and muddy conditions. You'll want boots that keep the water out and your feet nice and warm. Look for boots that are made of 100% waterproof material.

You may also want a boot or gardening shoe that's resistant to fertilizers, salt water, household cleansers, and grass stains. And non-slip soles will give you plenty of traction in muddy and rainy weather.

In the summer, you'll probably work up a sweat in your garden. Boots made of breathable neoprene keep your feet from overheating. You'll probably want to invest in boots or shoes with an odor-resistant sockliner that prevents fungus and bacteria from growing.

Protection From the Sun

Even for those gardeners in more northern climates, the sun can get pretty fierce during the summer months. You can combat the heat and sun damage in two ways.

Plan gardening activities for earlier morning, later afternoon and early evening hours. Since the sun's rays are not directly overhead, you can often find ways to stay out of direct sunlight.

Protect yourself from harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays by wearing sunscreen (even on cloudy days), and donning a hat with at least a 3 inch brim. Baseball caps and visors can leave your neck and ears exposed to the sun.

You'll also want to wear light, breathable clothing that covers exposed skin. A good pair of gardening gloves is a must. You'll save the backs of your hands from sun damage and keep your fingers and nails looking and feeling great.

Save Your Knees

Unless you're working on raised beds, you'll probably have to get down on your knees to garden. And as you get older, your knees will probably start protesting a little.

Protect your knees by using foam kneeling pads or specialty knee pads. You'll also find chaps for gardeners. Similar to those worn by cowboys, these keep your pants clean and dry. Many models include built-in knee pads that won't restrict movement or circulation and stay in place while you work.

Get your muscles and joints moving with a light warmup. While gardening, take frequent breaks from kneeling to stand and stretch. At the end of the day, a hot bath can help ease the soreness.

Whether you've just started digging in the dirt or are a seasoned veteran, invest in a few pieces of quality gear for gardening. Your body will thank you and you can enjoy your favorite hobby for years and years.

If you get just one piece of gear for gardening, consider a high quality pair of boots such as Bogs boots for women. They'll keep your feet warm and dry in colder conditions, and have a liner that lets your feet breathe in warmer months. Check out the great colors and patterns!