Practical cover-ups in the garden

We’re merely suggesting that you wrap up warm and protect those precious parts of you that may be getting a little worn and tired through your eagerness to garden through the winter, and into the summer-time too.

Whilst your greenhouse may offer you protection from the cold, if you are to enjoy being out in the garden, then warmth is the priority.

Nowadays, with modern fabric technology, you can get all kinds of assistance with keeping warm.  Take the heated waistcoat, for example.  Not only do they provide for gardening, walking and other outdoor events, but they also appease aches and pains in the back.  Along with heated gloves and scarves, the heat is generated using AA batteries in a safe and comfortable compartment.

Whether you choose the battery heated variety or not, a bodywarmer is a must for cold days, and preferably one that has a flap that extends down over your lower-back or you may be prone to aches there.

See examples of heated waistcoats, and other heated products such as gloves and scarves, at http://www.betterlifehealthcare.comand .

For getting stuck into that digging and protecting your feet and ankles, wear sturdy ankle boots.  Some prefer them with steel toe caps if you want to be sure to protect them during digging or lifting.  Alternatively, you can’t go far wrong with a strong pair of wellies.  If you want your feet to stay warm, make sure there’s room in them for a thick pair of socks or some that are insulated in the sole, such as the multi-layer cushioned sponge insole in Hunter wellingtons.

What about a hat?  Whether it’s to protect your head, neck and eyes from the sun in summer or to keep warm in winter, a hat is always useful.  Try one with a brim to keep out the glare and the rain, and if you want it to stay on in the wind, get one with a loop, pin it on or swap it for a tighter fitting woollen one.  One that’s lined with wool will help to keep out the winter cold.

On your legs you need something stretchy and warm that also gives protection to your vulnerable lower back.  High-waisted jodphurs or jeans with lycra are a good idea or loose combat trousers where you can use the pockets for storage.  Ski wear gives a lovely padded layer for added warmth.

When building up your gardening wardrobe, try to choose quick dry fabrics.  Silk thermals have temperature regulating properties and are an ideal base layer for winter warmth, keeping heat close to the skin and yet wicking away any moisture.

For useful tips and sources of gardening wear, see

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