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Hello friends! Yesterday, while out walking the dog, I ended up flat on my back on the ice and injured my arm quite badly. Its not broken…its not even swollen. I think I’ve sprained my elbow. So its no work outdoors, or swimming for me this week. However, undeterred, I just ordered these essentials in preparation for the coming season.

Reading in ‘The Garden’ magazine, there is a story about how a lady contracted sepsis from a rose thorn wound, so my gauntlets will definitely be on a lot more this year too as I get a nasty hawthorn stick nearly every time I go outside! They even get me through my shoe soles!

So I was wondering….what do you wear or use as protection when in your garden?

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Hi Karen, sorry to hear about your injury, and hope you recover very quickly.
As regards protective clothing, I wear a pair of thick leather gloves when I'm pruning anything with thorns, and usually a pair of old trainers, unless it's a muddy area I'm working in, then it's a pair of wellies, fortunately that's not very often, and if I'm using a chain saw, or my pole pruner, I wear a protective helmet and ear muffs, and that's about it. Derek.

21 Jan, 2018

 

Oh dear Karen, I imagine it's sore, the kind of thing I do. At least you can still place orders online. :-)
My protection is my steel toe cap boots, they look like normal gardening boots, this follows the years of problems I've suffered with my big toe after dropping the pot on it. Then there's my thorn proof gloves, oh and even when it's hot I try to keep covered with clothes or cream and spray for protection from the insect bites and sun.

21 Jan, 2018

 

protective boots when digging and gloves when pruning. sun block when sunny and thin warm layers when cold.

Poor you Karen, but breaks often don't swell and sprains usually do so do have your arm/elbow checked over ; better to be safe than sorry.

21 Jan, 2018

 

Hi Karen, so sorry to hear about your accident. I'm glad it's not as bad as it could have been. I've had some close calls myself clearing ice and snow from my front steps and walk-way.

May I suggest a good pair of Timberland hiking shoes/boots? Actually the boots will save your ankles.
Here's a link for UK. https://www.timberland.co.uk/shop/en/tbl-uk/women-footwear-boots. Feel better soon.

21 Jan, 2018

 

Oh bless you. Are you ok? So frustrating when you hurt yourself and put yourself out of action. I hope you get better soon.

I use walking shoes as the soles are thicker and I am a clutz and will stand on something that will go in my foot ! I always use gloves.

I love that gardening apron. I got a tool box for christmas as I end up leving my hand tools strewn across the garden but the pockets on that apron would be super useful !

x

21 Jan, 2018

 

The most frustrating thing about getting older is that it takes longer to recover from what used to be minor bumps and bangs.
I use leather gloves with the chainsaw and pulling nettles and blackberry vines; the thinner gloves for almost everything else. I don't want the leather gloves falling into the chipper/shredder since they are a little looser fit. I use green sneakers when cutting the grass with the strimmer.

21 Jan, 2018

 

Oh dear Karen, hope your elbow heals quickly. I like the apron too. I'm awful at losing tools, especially secs and had to buy a new pair this week so daren't lose those for bit! I just wear thick gloves for rough work and old shoes or wellies.

21 Jan, 2018

 

I am a beggar for nipping out without being suitably dressed, I take wanders around and spot something that needs tweaking and it goes on from there, however if in for a proper gardening stint I have got better as the years have gone by, do protect myself when mowing, strimming , digging and pruning, whether my gardening wellies, shoes and gloves would pass a safety check is another matter as I hate heavy boots and gloves..Hope your injury heals quickly Karen..

22 Jan, 2018

 

Sorry to hear of your mishap Karen - I think it is that we are all so intent on what we are doing out in the garden that all else like safety care goes out through the window so to speak - well that is what happened to me last year I chipped a piece of a tooth a costly mistake !! best wishes and I hope you soon feel better x

22 Jan, 2018

 

Oh Karen, that's not funny, as our Grandson used to say when he was little! Sometimes it's not the injury; it's the shock of falling. Do hope all is well.

I looked up Sepsis: nasty. Cellulitis can develop into sepsis. I mention this because our daughter developed Cellulitis when her cat only slightly scratched her! She was in hospital for a few days. Injuries can start with cellulitis.

So do take care, and wear those gloves especially if, as you say, hawthorn is around. A hawthorn thorn is particularly vicious!

I used to wear thin surgical gloves when I did some weeding. I have small hands and found gardening gloves restricting. Think I've been lucky, and I don't intend weeding any longer!

22 Jan, 2018

 

Oh poor You! When Ben was younger and pulled on the lead, I was so worried about being pulled over when walking on the ice pavements outside my old house. I bought some strap on spikes for my boots but they didn't work very well, they kepted coming off so then I got some of these rubber things that fit onto either my walking boots or wellies. On the bottom they have metal coils along the rubber and are brilliant. I still am using them years later. The metal bites into the ice and stops me slipping. Lol, since starting to write this I been interrupted twice by work so gave me time to find the box. They are called Yakrax Walker and cost between £10 - £15.

I've got thick leather rose gardening gloves. Used them yesterday as I am finally starting to do some decorating in the house and took up a carpet, underlay and gripper rods and used my gloves to handle the gripper rods to take down the tip lol.

Hope you feel better soon.

22 Jan, 2018

 

I hope you recover quickly. I like the apron. I'm afraid I don't really wear any protection. I will wear gloves if I know I'm going to prune a prickly bush.

22 Jan, 2018

 

Hope you are getting over that fall Karen and that you are not in too much pain.

We have had no ice here but I nearly slipped on some mud as I walked round our very soggy garden.

I like my kneeling cushion in the garden, the more padding the better!! I am a bit lazy about putting on my gardening gloves and suffer for it when I don't bother!!

22 Jan, 2018

 

Sorry to hear about your accident Karen,get better soon.I wear boots and thick gloves,you can not be to careful,I have heard about sepsis also.

23 Jan, 2018

 

Great suggestions everyone! Im now able to drive! ? Arm still sore but getting stronger every day. If its not significantly better by the weekend I’ll get ot looked at next week. ?

23 Jan, 2018

 

I hope all is well with you now, easy to do! fell over a few months ago, luckily on the grass, trying to tie in some Christmas lights on an obelisk! was so lucky not to break anything, just some bruising......
I have some stout leather boots with thick soles, not allowed to injure my legs and feet since my op......and I wear gloves, when I remember, and sun block when I remember lol

23 Jan, 2018

 

Of course you're going to get better Karen, however, I think you should get it looked at right now. I mean now! AT least get some x-rays so you know exactly what's going on. You will feel so much better under a doctor's care.

I only mentioned the hiking boots because they are rugged & designed to prevent slipping and falling, esp on ice, snow, rocky ground, mud, etc. I've hiked Yosemite Park in California, so I can recommend Timberland boots.

23 Jan, 2018

 

Sorry to hear of your fall. It is sensible to have your elbow checked out next week if it is still bothering you. I love your apron, I leave secaturs and gloves around the garden on a regular basis, and are those kneeling pads? I gave up kneeling some time ago. I wear my hiking boots in the garden for the reasons already given by others. They protect my ankles and prevent me slipping. I use OH's Builders gloves, made of heavy leather but now softened by years of use, if I am handling thorny branches and I like the cheap gardening gloves from B&M when weeding etc. I leave secaturs and gloves around the garden on a regular basis. Take care of your elbow, your open days are not too far away.

24 Jan, 2018

 

Thank you Angela, Bathgate and Scotsgran

24 Jan, 2018

 

Good idea to get it looked at Karen,if it is no better,all the very best.x

24 Jan, 2018

 

Its definitely getting better thanks. I can stretch my arm out today for the first time, and it gets stronger every day. My back has started now, but thats most likely a result of the fall as well. I know what to do to help myself thank goodness.

24 Jan, 2018

 

Hi Karen, glad to hear you're beginning to feel better, keep it up, Derek.

24 Jan, 2018

 

So sorry Karen about your fall...I hope your arms getting easier and you're getting over the shock of slipping, it's so easily done in the conditions we had early on in the week.
Take care now..xx

27 Jan, 2018

 

Much better thanks Janey. Back to my swimming regime next week. :)

27 Jan, 2018

 

After the falls I had, one on wet grass & one on ice, I finally threw out the old trainers & treated myself to proper hiking boots & a couple of pairs of Gold Leaf gloves, one for pruning & one wet touch pair, for light use I like neoprene ones also my kneely mat, those are my essentials.
Hope your back & elbow are better now, injuries are no joke especially as we get older.

2 Feb, 2018

 

I'm glad you're feeling better Karen! :)

2 Feb, 2018

 

Thank you Bathgate x

2 Feb, 2018

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