10 Best Gardening Gloves 2021 | The Strategist

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For some people, one of the best parts of gardening is the wonderful feeling you get when you plunge your hands into some rich soil. As Katie Parks, a renowned Northern California gardener, known to her followers as Freckles and Sprouts, puts it, just dig into the soil and “your troubles will melt away!” (Research actually supports this, showing that exposure to a friendly bacteria in soil can elevate your serotonin levels and help treat depression.) But that’s not the case for everyone. Because of the risk of toxoplasmosis in soil, pregnant women should not garden without gloves. Neither should anyone who isn’t interested in the pain of slivers, the poke of thorns, and the sting of bug bites.

Like boots, picking the right gloves depends on the kind of gardening you’ll be doing, along with the combination of sensitivity and protection that works best for you. For example, if you’re pruning roses, you want something tough and cuffed; if you’re sowing seeds, you might want something fingerless, and if you’re a garden influencer, a proud plant parent, or someone who needs to pause and Google how far apart to plant radishes while gardening (it happens), you’ll want something with touchscreen sensitivity so you don’t have to take off your gloves to use your phone. To make it easier for you, we asked seven gardeners to tell us about the best gardening gloves for all types of tasks. Here are their picks.

10 Best Gardening Gloves 2021 | The Strategist

Warm Work Gloves For Winter Marie Viljoen, the Brooklyn terrace gardener, forager, and force behind the beloved 66 Square Feet Instagram, usually prefers not to wear gloves, but when she has to, she likes nitrile-coated gloves like these, because nitrile, a kind of rubber, makes for “the thinnest and most flexible gloves” you can get, she says. Plus, they’re made from breathable bamboo, which gardeners like Goo, of Gardening with Goo, enjoy because they keep your “hands cool in the summer and warm in the winter.” This pair is even touchscreen-friendly, so there’s no need to take them off to broadcast your gardening victories (or order lunch).