While weeding and trimming, have you ever stuck your arms into a mass of stems and come out covered in stickers? Prickly weeding and trimming isn’t too bad in the fall when my arms are covered in a flannel shirt, but in summer I hate getting my arms stabbed and pricked.
Or maybe you’ve accidently brushed up against some poison ivy while working bare-armed and later broken out in a rash.
I’ve suffered both of those gardening problems.
Rather than overheat by wearing a heavy, protective flannel shirt in 80+ degree temperatures, I made some garden sleeves that protect my arms when I’m digging in tall weeds.
Here’s what you need:
- One pair of lightweight, cotton knee socks or men’s calf-length socks, long enough to pull up to your elbows. (I used 100-percent, white cotton because it’s cooler; easier to see the stickers, so you can pick them off; less itchy and more absorbent than a darker polyester blend.)
2. A pair of scissors
1. Cut off the toe end of each sock. Don’t cut off too much. You can always cut more if necessary, but you can’t put it back on.
2. Put the sock on your hand, noting where your thumb is in relationship to the toe opening.
3. Cut a thumb hole in the side of the sock where you thumb strikes the fabric. Again, start with a smaller hole. You can always enlarge it as needed.
4. Pull on the sock sleeve and go garden!
Note: You will have a lumpy spot in the sleeve where the heel of the sock is. If you want that spot to be on the same side of each arm take extra care when cutting the finger and thumb openings. Personally, it doesn’t bother me if one heel bulge is on the inside and the other on the outside, but my hubby wants them to be symmetrical.
About the Author:
Gardener/writer Catherine Castle has been gardening all her life in pots, plots, and wherever she can find dirt. Her favorite thing about gardening is the satisfaction she gets from a well-weeded flowerbed. When she’s not gardening she’s writing sweet and inspirational romance. Her book The Nun and the Narc is a two-time award-winning novel. Check out her book at Amazon. You can learn more about her at right here on this blog https://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com