The sun is shining, The Big Allotment Challenge is on our screens, and it’s National Gardening Week – what better excuse to tackle your weeds or start that vegetable patch you’ve been planning since ’02?
But if your hands are feeling irritated by the dirt and prickles, or your old pair of gloves have gone hard from water-logging, you’re going to want to invest in a new pair of gardening gloves.
From the pretty Jubilee Gloves to hardwearing leather gauntlets, here is our roundup of the ten best pairs to keep those green fingers clean, dry and safe from prickles.
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10 best gardening gloves
10 best gardening gloves
1/8 Ethel Gloves Jubilee Gloves
These women’s gloves are made of a breathable stretch material and come in a striking fleur-de-lis design. The elastic cuff is great for stopping dirt getting inside while you work and when you’re done, you can pop them in the washing machine.£14, amazon
2/8 Gold Leaf Dry Touch Gloves
These gloves are used by gardeners at several Royal Horticultural Society gardeners, and for good reason. They are comfortable, durable and are made out of supple leather that has been treated to make them water resistant. Gold Leaf glove are also available for cold weather, light work like seeding and heavier work like pruning.£20, amazon
3/8 Showa Floreo 370 Lightweight Gardening Gloves
The Showa Floreo 370s are great all-rounders – strong enough to protect your hands and nails, but still sensitive enough for good control over more detailed work. If you’re after your first pair of gardening gloves, these are a good place to start.£6, amazon
4/8 Joules Gardening Gloves
These pretty gloves come in Joules’ signature floral navy pattern with a comfy knitted lining and are suitable for light garden tasks such as potting and weeding – perfect for the fashion-conscious gardener.£11, gardentrading
5/8 Weedmaster Weed and Seed Gloves
If you usually don’t like to wear gloves while gardening, then these might be the pair to change your mind. They’re light, flexible and 100% cotton, with a comfortable stretchy back and a rubbery coating on the palms for grip. Perfect (as the name suggests) for weeding and seeding.£4, amazon
6/8 Bionic Glove Classic
Designed by an orthopaedic hand surgeon, these gloves are the best choice for anyone who finds gardening work tough on their muscles and joints. The wristband provides support for your wrists, and special fabrics over the knuckles and between the fingers allow hands to breath, and relief pads reduce friction to prevent blisters.£25, amazon
7/8 Kids Classic Rigger Gloves
When kids are let loose in the garden, they’re going to get muddy whatever you do. But it’s still worth protecting their hands, especially if there are thorns or weeds around. This pair offers a decent level of protection without being heavy or clumsy – and they’re a bargain.£3, homebase
8/8 RHS Chrysanthemum Gardening Gloves
Get a little bit of history in your garden with these gloves, whose chrysanthemum design dates back to 1981 and is taken from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library. They’re also hardwearing but comfortable, with a padded palm and elasticated fit.£16, amazon
The Showa Floreo 370 are a reliable and comfortable choice for everyday work and we’re loving the pretty print on Joules’ pair, but, if you’re only going to buy one pair this year, it has to be Gold Leaf, the great all-rounder.