In my suburban neighborhood, pretty much everyone has a service to tend to their lawn. But not me. With this as the first spring in my home, I am taking care of the lawn myself and loving it -and it's a great way to get exercise!
What I've already learned in my short foray into gardening is that my wardrobe can't take it. Gardening is dirty. So despite my initial hesitation, I've accepted that I need to dress to garden. Here are a few of my favorite gardening finds: Gloves. You really need to wear gloves, not only for protection from thorns and other prickly things, but to protect your manicure. These gloves from Laura Ashley are totally fun and functional, and come in a variety of patterns. (Amazon, $11.62; shown in main feature)
Apron. This was the item I most resisted wearing, but when I tired of washing my ever-growing pile of gardening clothes, I relented. Angela's Garden has a great selection of both waist aprons ($24.50)
and full aprons ($29.50).
You can coordinate with a matching brim hat ($22), too.
Shoes. And last, gardening is hard on your everyday shoes. And for safety, it's best to wear a pair of real shoes, even if your sandals are way cuter. Waterproof clogs seem to be the best bet for serious gardening, and there are a few options, even if they lean more towards campy than to fashion-forward. Birkenstock makes the Super Birki Clog ($75-$85) in several floral patterns, or if you're feeling edgier, in Black Skull
And MuckBoots has a Scrub Outdoor Boot in wineberry ($78-$88) that I could see wearing around even when I'm not planting in the garden.
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Anna Sandler is a contributor to Momtrends and an avid, though novice, gardener. She writes a personal blog at RandomHandprints.com.