Let’s start by saying I’m not at all that knowledgeable about gardening. My mom though is really amazing with what she can grow or just the tricks that she knows about the subject. For example she saves all her egg shells to put around her tomatoes. Why, I’m not sure. I know I’ve asked her, but I forgot already! See, that’s why I suck at gardening, so I’m always trying to learn. Now that I’m older I really do appreciate a GARDEN tomato. You can’t get that flavour from store bought. Had to share that this information about wearing gardening gloves. Do wear them or not? I do sometimes, but hate it. I find it harder to pull out weeds or just feel what you are doing especially with delicate plants.
Soils contain all sorts of bacteria and fungi, most of which are beneficial and do helpful things like breaking down organic matter. But just as there are pathogenic bacteria that live on your body amid the useful ones, some microorganisms in soil can cause serious damage when given the opportunity to enter the body. This commonly happens through cuts, scrapes or splinters.
Traditionally, the most common and well-known infection is tetanus, caused by Clostridium tetani, which lives in soil and manure. Infections occur through contamination of cuts and scrapes caused by things in contact with the soil, such as garden tools or rose thorns. Fortunately, most people have been vaccinated against tetanus, which means even if you are infected, your body is able to fight back against the bacteria to prevent it becoming serious.
Symptoms include weakness, stiffness and cramps, with the toxins released leading to muscular paralysis and difficulty chewing and swallowing – hence the common term for tetanus of lockjaw.
For the other 4 reasons why you should wear gardening gloved, click HERE.