It might be surprising to know that a really good pair of gardening gloves is not all that easy to come by. At least that has been my experience. I consider myself somewhat of a good test case being that I wear out a pair just about every 3 months or so.
It's always that middle finger on the right hand that gets a hole in it first (and sometimes long before the rest of the glove is worn) followed by a seam or two giving way between my thumb and forefinger.
Over the years I've tried all manner of gloves from the cheapie styles found in the big box stores to the expensive brands ordered on the gardening Internet sites. Finding a quality glove is a thing I consider essential to my gardening experience. As a gardener living in a climate that allows me to garden all year long, let's just say, my gloves are used a lot.
Last summer Ethel gloves contacted me and offered to send me a free pair for me to try out.
I have to tell you, my first impression was favorable. I LOVED their website and their product packaging was impressive as well. In the scheme of things neither of those factors would matter one wit if the gloves weren't effective. But, in my book, good marketing along with a product to back it up is worth noting.
Slipping my fingers into Ethel's lightweight signature style glove, to give them their first workout, immediately I had the inkling I was going to like them. They are pretty, too. So chic. Again I prefer pretty, and I'm not ashamed to admit it, but not necessarily over function (in this case anyway). So off we go to check out "function."
My Favorite Pair of Gloves
For years I didn't wear gloves. Much like for years I didn't wear sunscreen. Both my hands and my skin are telling the tale these days. I still find myself digging up a weed, pinching off a dead bloom, squeezing the life out of a grasshopper or leaf-eating worm with my bare hands when strolling through the garden. When I come inside with dirty fingernails and tomato plant stains (man, that stuff is hard to get off) on my fingers I remember that I forgot--- ha --- remember that I forgot... these things happen with age I'm told.
Oh, and of course, I never sow seeds with gloves on. How does anyone do that?
These Ethel gloves have seen some serious gardening. They've assisted with digging, planting, pruning, sawing, mowing, edging, weed pulling, sweeping, mulch spreading, worm digging, power trimming, and everything in between. They've been soaked with muddy dirt, rinsed and hung to dry; they've also been properly washed with mild detergent several times.
They do all of this without getting stiff or shrinking ... or ... important to note here... without losing their prettiness. All important factors.
Honestly, they've lasted much longer than any other glove I've ever used. That's saying a lot! And honestly, I like them more than any other glove I've ever worn. That's saying a lot.
I've bought a few pair as gifts for other gardeners because I recommend them so highly and love to share what I find to be useful.
And Now For the Second Pair of Favorites...
So a month or so ago I ordered a second pair for myself. This time I chose the style "expression" because ... have I ever mentioned how much I love red? They are well used now but they clean up nicely.
Just when I was on the verge of placing an order for another pair (stocking up for spring) I saw that Kylee was having a give-away for a free pair last week (or was it the week before?). I put off placing that order ---just in case I happened to win. Alas, it was not meant to be. But congratulations, Victoria.
If you are in the market for a fabulous and fashionable glove at a very reasonable price and no shipping charges Kylee is offering a 10% discount with a code you can use from her blog post if you go here.
BUT if you order today, the Ethel website is offering a 15% discount (through today) because it is their way of celebrating their own very Happy Birthday.
Happy gardening! Meems
note: Hoe and Shovel gets no kick backs or discounts aside from the initial pair of gloves given to trial.