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As a keen but very amateur gardener I own several pairs of gardening gloves mostly quite pretty flowery pairs but I was given a pair of the bright green and yellow Town and Country gardening gloves by my mom a few weeks ago. She actually bought them from a table top sale at the ladies club she goes to for 50p which I think is an absolute bargain as I have since looked online and the cheapest ones I have found are £2.99 from Town and County and other gardening websites and come in sizes small and medium.
My gloves are size medium and although they fit well around the wrist and hand the fingers are a touch too long, however I do have quite small hands but I think that the small would be too tight and not as comfortable as these. The gloves are very jazzy and are half bright green and half bright yellow on the front and all green on the back. They are made from vinyl coated cotton and have a snug knitted wrist which is about 2 inches and are washable.
I have used the gloves for planting all my summer baskets and pots and found them to be very comfortable. I was wearing them for about two and a half hours and my hands stayed dry and didn't feel sweaty at all as they sometimes do in other gloves. They felt quite protective and sturdy but were delicate enough for me to handle the small plants easily. I always use my hands to make the holes for the plants so my hands were actually in the dirt quite a bit. When I had finished the gloves looked a bit dirty but the next day most of the dirt just brushed off and they looked nearly as good as new. I found the gloves easy to get on and off and I felt I had a good grip on the trowel and fork
If I find in the future that they get too grubby looking I will wash them in a bowl of warm soapy water which is what I have done with other gloves. I have not had the gloves long enough to say if they are long lasting but they are a reputable make so I can't see any reason why not. I am not sure if they would be suitable for more heavier gardening such as dealing with thorny plants or cutting bushes or trees down as I feel they may rip but they certainly did the job for me.
I am not that green fingered, but I have front, back and side gardens that I find can be quite nice with a minimum of effort. When I moved back into the house, I realised my gardening gloves had been stolen back by their original owner, so got these when I was in Trebaron. I hadn't been planning to get them until I saw the stand and remembered, so they were not a researched purchase, but chosen from a selection on the shop based on their price and size.
These gloves come in 3 sizes, and these are the medium. My hands are on the small side (ladylike and dainty and all that) but these are a good fit, so I wonder if the others are actually aimed at children. The pair I have are marked as ladies' and 7-8 which means nothing to me - instead I slid my fingers into them in the shop (trying not to think how many other people's sweaty hands had done just that) and found them to be a good fit.
I accept that gardening is not a high fashion sport (and indeed often do it post-gym and pre-shower to save on washing) but these really are noticeably unattractive. Each glove has 3 yellow fingers and 2 apple green ones and they look odd at best and ugly at worst. Made of cotton with vinyl, they do however had soft, snug fitting wrists that fit me well, helping to keep the garden muck out as I work. The fingers are spacious, and though there are lots of visible seams, you can't feel these when they're on.
The gloves aren't entirely waterproof but then are meant for gardening, not swimming. You can feel dampness if you're picking up, say, a load of wet soil, but the gloves definitely reduce the sensation, and my hands aren't left soggy or clammy afterwards. I live near a school and my front garden can get a bit of rubbish in it, which I much prefer picking up while wearing these than with bare hands.
The gloves don't constrain my fingers in any way, so I have full movement. They are flexible to wear and offer good grip thanks to the textured coating. They are easy to pull on and off and look like they should last well...but they don't.
My real problem with these gloves, however, is the quality. I do not do heavy gardening - maybe a bit of weeding, some light leaf raking, a token prune here and there. Despite this, these gloves are failing fast. One finger on my right hand has worn through entirely and there's a hole bigger than my finger tip. On the thumb beside it, a small hole has started too, and several others have lost colour and begun to look a bit worn, as if holes are imminent. I wear gardening gloves as a barrier between skin and dirt, and these just don't provide that any more - the moment that finger gave way, I knew instantly. And, because of the places they are wearing out, they're really just not practical any more. With palms I could probably cope, but once I end up with mud caked nails and pricked finger tips from my rose bushes, I may as well not bother wearing them at all.
I paid £2.99 for these. I admit that is cheap, but I would still have expected them to last a season, while instead the first hole appeared the third time I wore them (and I only ever do maybe half an hour at a time). So that's about 90 minutes wear for three quid which for a product not meant to be disposable, is poor. There is nothing on the label indicating what sort of use these will withstand, and in any case it cannot be less than I use them. I have been truly disappointed by this product and have been put off purchasing any more from this brand. The back of the tag says "If you are pleased with our products, please write and tell us". Since I'm not, I'm telling you instead.
When we moved into our house, amongst the very many kack-handed 'improvements' the person who had previously been living in it had made to the property was a complete gravelling-over, to the depth in some places of several feet, of the front garden.
This only counted as a relatively minor point for about the first five years, for there were much more serious problems with the interior of the house to be dealt with. Once we'd replaced the floorboards and windows throughout and had the sagging front wall stabilized - and all my life savings, incidentally, were gone - it was time to turn our attention to the blot on the landscape that was the great desert area of Church Street - namely, the sea of gravel at the front of the property.
This being a derivative of Cotswold stone, it had over the years developed hardened strata in many places. I don't suppose the heavy-duty scaffolding the builders were using - due to the effects of weighty compaction - had helped; nor the fact that the plasterers who had been working on the house (or whoever) had apparently been pouring any bits of left-over liquid concrete they had at the end of the day onto the surface of the gravel too. And the funny thing about this gravel was that although it was laid on a thick, thick 'weed-proof membrane', noxious weeds such as spiny thistles, great big ropes of bramble (and purple toadflax, although that's easy to pull up) were able to live in the pulverized rock-dust fraction quite happily.
The long and the short of it was that removing all this stony and unwanted vegetable nonsense was murder on my hands. The first pairs of suede-palmed / stripy fabric-backed 'builders' gloves' were not much use against the spiny thistles and bramble thorns; nor could I pick up the little bits of gravel very easily because the builders' gloves were so poorly-fitted about the finger part.
Next I tried heavy-duty ladies' gardening gloves. The particular pair I had were the "TGL200 -Professional -The Master Gardener". These are green fabric gloves with a thick, ridged plastic coating on the palm and all round the fingers that is described as being 'thorn resistant'. For the purposes I was using it - against thistles and bramble stems - I found it almost totally thorn-proof however (although I can see that you wouldn't for example want to take the thorniest part of a mature rose-stem while wearing the glove, and squeeze it as hard as you can, or you'd no doubt hurt yourself). The gloves have a snug-fitting knitted cotton wrist band - but it's not too tight-fitting, and are 'moulded' to the shape of a human hand very well. The gloves aren't particularly cheap - with an RRP of £5.99 but often they turn up with a less-heavy-duty fabric pair (like the yellow and green model shown in the product photo that accompanies these dooyoo reviews) added as a free gift or some such special offer. They are available at all good garden centres, and are well worth-while for heavy duty gardening.
These Town & County gloves, were a brilliant purchase, comfy to wear, and they made the horrible job of de-gravelling the front garden just that bit easier to bear. I effectively wore out a couple of pairs of these gloves during the de-gravelling job, but I'd say for 'ordinary' gardening, they should last at least a year (or more).
The product spec for the gloves is copied from the Town & County website: "The Master Gardener is the UK's best selling glove. It offers protection against thorns and other sharp objects and has an excellent grip in both wet and dry conditions. The outstanding fit, snug knit wrist included, means there is no loss of dexterity."
I would agree with all of that. They're telling the truth about an excellent product.
I must just say before I begin this review I asked Dooyoo to set up the specific gloves that I wanted to tell you about and was told that this was the category in which to write the review. I appreciate that the gloves that I will be reviewing are not the 'The Gardener' ones named in this category but I am only following orders. I realise that there are one or two pedants out there who would mark me down for such a heinous crime so I thought I had better explain myself before I start!
Anyway I wrote a review the other day about the heavy duty work gloves that I use when doing jobs where my hands need more protection so I now thought I would tell you about the lightweight ones that I use for weeding and lighter jobs in the garden.
I have tried one or two different makes as they do wear out quite quickly even when I am only wearing them for light gardening as our soil is very stony so the finger tips tend to wear through quite quickly on some of the gloves I have tried.
The ones that I am using at the moment are Town and Country Essentials Jersey Extra Grip Light Duty Gloves. They cost about £3 per pair and hubby bought me a pack of three pairs - I think he thought that it would be a good idea the way I get through them!
The gloves are made from soft, lightweight jersey with an elasticated, knitted wrist which is a snug fit to keep the dirt out. They have small PVC dots on the palm and forefinger of each glove to provide some extra grip without losing the sensitivity of the gloves.
The gloves are a single colour (not the two colour ones shown at the top of the review although apart from this the ones in the picture do look very similar to the ones that I am reviewing) and my three consist of one pair of green, one pair of purple and one pair of blue and I understand that they are also available in red or yellow too. They are available in small, medium and large sizes - I have fairly large hands and the medium size is a perfectly comfortable fit for me.
Each pair of gloves is clipped together with a piece of light cardboard on which is the Town and Country logo together with the size of gloves and the sex of the person for whom they are suitable. The details of the unconditional guarantee are on the back of the card.
I find that the gloves feel really comfortable to wear especially with the elasticated cuff which makes them feel as though they will stay on my hands as I work and keep me clean. The little PVC dots do actually help with the grip on the gloves which can be very useful especially when picking up plant pots which can sometimes be a bit slippery.
Being lightweight jersey material the gloves don't prevent me from doing more delicate work in the garden such as weeding around small plants. If I am honest I am not really keen on wearing gloves to work in but I find that these are sensitive enough even for me to wear! Having said that they are also hardwearing so I am getting the best of both worlds.
The colours are bright and cheerful without being tacky and look very smart. There are no washing instructions for when they get dirty but I would think that, if you do feel that you want to wash them, a bowl of warm soapy water should do the trick.
In conclusion these are an excellent pair of gloves to use when my B & Q reinforced ones would be too clumsy. I would recommend them for the more delicate, lightweight gardening and they would make an excellent little present for someone.
Town and Country The Gardener Ladies Gloves
Although in our household, there is a severe lack of gardening skills, we have needed of late to clear a lot of brambles, thorns and other garden annoyances, including knock down a huge wooden shed. Therefore, both me and my partner (and our little one!) decided to spend some money on a pair of gardening gloves. I can not quite remember the exact price of the gloves, though I believe I paid about £5.00 for them so a decent price.
These ladies gloves come in various sizes so are great for those with small or large hands. They even fit men perfectly too so no worries who is gardening with them!
The gloves are made of a very thick and hard-wearing canvus material with a textured latex coating to provide even more protection. With most gloves, I find that thorns and brambles still penetrate the gloves resulting in many scratches on the hands, though these gloves seem to offer a lot more protection than others I have tried. So far, I havent pricked myself with any of the overgrown thorns at the back of the garden which is certainly a plus! The grip on the gloves is also fantastic and it makes carring slippy or difficult objects much easier.
What appealed to me about these gloves originally was the thicness and hard wearing and I am pleased to say that I am very happy with them in this aspect. They are not the thickest gardening gloves around, though they certainly do their job well.
I would never call myself a Master gardener but I do like the Master gardener ladies gloves that Town and Country professional sell. We may not be spending too much time in the garden at the moment but on days like today ( sunny here) it is possible to get out and do a bit. It is great to get some good fresh air into your lungs as well.
When I am gardening at home I tend to use the lighter gardening gloves because I can `feel my fingers` far better but if the Other Half needs a helping hand on his allotment I will take my heavier latex gardening gloves along with me.
I don't think that these Town and Country ladies gardening gloves are dear at all, considering that they last for months. We usually order our gardening gloves from a website that is dedicated to allotment holders (My Allotment Plot ) and I paid £5.99 for my last pair.
These Town and Country ladies gardening gloves come in various sizes and if you go to that website then you can measure your hand to check that you are ordering the right size. Gardening gloves that are too large are as much use as a chocolate teapot.
I am sure that Town and Country have called these `Master gloves` in honour of the fact that the tough latex gloves can help you to master the toughest of tasks.
Town and Country have made the gloves from a hard wearing canvas and then they have coated them with a thick textured green latex.
Anyone who regularly works in a garden will tell you that it is really important to have reinforced areas on the fingertips and the palms of the gloves and Town and Country have taken that into account.
You can get a good grip when you are wearing the latex gloves and even though they feel `chunky` you can still manage to maintain dexterity.
If we are working on our allotment after the rain then you can guarantee that the ground will be more than muddy, the Town and Country latex gloves cope well even when they are covered in slimy mud.
We also have to be extra careful because of the brambles that are situated at the back of our patch but the gloves do manage to keep the thorns at bay too.
Granted they are not the most elegant pair of gardening gloves that are on the market but they have to be one of the most functional.
I have a pair of thin cotton inners ( gloves ) that I wear inside of the thick latex gloves, I find that it helps to protect my skin. Once the heavier latex gloves have been soiled they will wash off easily but you do need to make sure that they are dried off properly before you put them away.
Many garden centres stock the Town and Country gardening gloves and you can also find them in lots of hardware stores too.
If you are likely to need a good pair of reasonable heavy duty gardening gloves then these may suit you well, if you have to deal with a lot of thorns and brambles then Town and Country also make an excellent ladies heavy duty gauntlet which are ideal because they offer long length protection.
Good gardening gloves are like a good friend and all things being equal they will always be there to support you, I would recommend these gloves to any of you.
The Gardener gloves are soft and comfortable light duty gloves with an excellent fit without loss of dexterity