6 Must Have Gardening Supplies for Comfortable Gardening #SummerSolved #spon

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I spend a lot of time in my yard during the spring and summer tending to my garden. Between building the garden beds, tilling soil, putting in plants, nurturing them, and (hopefully!) harvesting my crop I wish I got paid by the hour! It is a time consuming but enjoyable way for me to get exercise and provide food for my family. However, it isn’t always easy or fun. It can be hot, sweaty, buggy, and downright irritating at times but I keep doing it anyhow. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment! I have found, over the years, that there are many ways for me to conquer nature and the environment to make my time spent gardening a bit more enjoyable. Here are a few gardening supplies that you should make sure to have on hand for a more enjoyable gardening experience!

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Gardening Supplies for Comfortable Gardening

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 1. Garden shoes:  I cannot stress enough how horrible wet sneakers feel! Honestly, it is gross to feel feet squishing around in wet socks when you have accidentally watered your feet instead of the peppers. Flip-flops dry quickly but then you end  up with dirty feet that have probably been bitten by fire ants (at least if you live in the south). Get a pair of good garden clogs that are sturdy enough to step on shovels but are also waterproof.

2. Insect repellent:  You would be amazed at how many mosquitoes absolutely love a nice, healthy garden. And the times when you should be watering (early AM and late evening) are the most active for mosquitoes, too. I prefer a bug spray that is based on citronella, lemon grass, eucalyptus,  and other natural oils rather than the chemical sprays and have found them to be very effective.

3. Sunscreen:  If you are not as fair skinned as I am you might not have to worry about this one. However, I go out to spend an hour in my gardens pulling weeds and end up burnt every single time. If you are going to be out in the middle of the day, consider putting on sun screen to protect yourself from a very uncomfortable burn. This is one of those garden supplies that really could save your life in the long run. Too much sun is not good for your heath and may lead to skin cancer later in life.

gardening hat 4. A functional hat:  By ‘functional hat’ I mean something that is going to provide some shade for both your face and your neck. Sunscreen is great but when you are sitting under direct sun pulling weeds keeping the sun off your skin completely is even better. Duluth Trading Company sent me  their Woman’s Armachillo Sun Cap to try out in my garden and this will really come in handy in the heat of a Georgia summer! duluth summer gardening essentials


This hat is made of a lightweight, quick dry fabric that blocks the sun and absorbs heat to help you feel cooler. If offers UPF 40 sun protection and has a breathable mesh crown insert to let fresh air flow to your head. The hat has  built in antimicrobial properties to help fight odor and the ponytail opening in the back helps keep your hair off the back of your neck. I really love how well this hat protects from sun exposure. It is extremely light weight and you can adjust the hat to however snug or loose you would like it to fit. The brim of the hat is super wide to protect your face from sunburn and the neck flap is long enough to reach the back of your shirt. Overall, a very comfortable way to protect yourself from sun exposure.


5.  A  garden kneeler:  Kneeling on grass, dirt and rocks to pick veggies or pull weeds can be really hard on your knees! Buy a foamy pad to put down on the ground to protect your knees from dirt, bugs and damp grass!


6. The right clothes:  While you don’t have to look like some sexy fashionista while you are gardening, it is possible to find clothes that are both attractive AND comfortable to make your time in the garden more enjoyable. Denim is not breathable and too tight collars and armpits get really annoying when you start getting sweaty! Duluth Trading Company has a great selection of items that are both attractive AND functional for comfortable gardening this summer. I was sent the women’s quick dry shorts and the long tail tank top to try out on my gardening adventure.


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  The quick dry shorts are very light weight wish dries very quickly. There are elastic side panels in the wasit band which helps allow you room to bend and stretch. There are a total of 6 pockets which makes it really easy to carry everything from packets of seeds and garden sheers to your cell phone or camera. Yes, I have been known to take many pictures of my garden, especially garden bugs that I want to go inside and identify. It’s the science geek in me! The shorts provide UPF 50 + sun protection and are machine washable. I found them to be extremely comfortable when gardening. The elastic really does allow you to bend and stretch without feeling like you can’t breathe! They will be well worn by the end of the summer, I’m sure!


The shorts matched quite nicely with the long tail tank top I received. It comes in a TON of different colors and is very comfortable. It comes prewashed for shrink resistance and has a printed on label inside to prevent that itchy label problem you sometimes get with shirt labels. The BEST feature of this tank top is the hidden bra-keeper snap tabs under each shoulder that helps keep straps from slipping. That is truly a genius idea! I usually resort to wearing a sports bra out of desperation but this is so much more convenient! I loved all of the products I received from Duluth Trading Company and they will all become frequent fashion items throughout my spring and summer gardening. If you are looking for garden supplies to make your planting and harvesting more comfortable, I think you will be happy with their products!


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  Duluth Trading Company would like to provide one of my readers with a $50 gift card so they can try out some of their items for themselves. This is a Giveaway Tools contest so just follow the directions in the form below to enter.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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  13. I like the Women's Chambray Jacket. So nice!
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  30. Elizabeth says
    I'd like to try the overalls.
  31. Women's Quick Dry Convertible Pants
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    Long Handled Trowel Surudoi-Kote
  33. Beth Hill says
    I would LOVE to have the women's utility vest, my shorts dont usually have pockets, this is a great idea!
  34. I like the long sleeve plain armachillo shirt. I have found that I like wearing the long sleeve light weight quick dry shirts rather than putting on sunblock.
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  52. Michele P says
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    Women's Noga 8 Inch Knit Shorts
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  79. The knee cushion!
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  82. David Haug says
    Men's Ballroom Jeans
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  87. the U.S. Military First Aid Kit.
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  90. I would like to try the Women's Longtail Hoodie. I love the green. My husband has some longtail t-shirts and loves them.
  91. I could really use A functional hat!

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