What should I wear in the garden in spring?

What should I wear in the garden in spring?


Unlike summer, when we know the weather is more likely to be warm and dry, and winter, when we prepare for the cold, spring and autumn seem to make up their own rules! Spring, in particular, is a season when you might come to expect a seemingly random combination of snow, hail, rain, high winds and sunshine with patches of blissful warmth - all in the space of a week. Well, it wouldn’t be spring without some unpredictability, would it?

While this might make for excellent British small talk, rapid changes in weather can be a nightmare for gardeners - in more ways than one. Between trying to keep on top of mowing a rapidly growing lawn, securing fences before the storms hit, and making mad dashes to bring young seedlings inside in anticipation of precipitation, there’s something else to think about: your wardrobe.

We’re not talking about hosting a fashion show in your garden - though there’s no stopping you, if that’s what you want to do! The clothing choices you make for working in the garden can make a big difference to your level of comfort when the weather is less than desirable, from protecting you against rain, to allowing you increased mobility when weeding, pruning or otherwise.

Here are some helpful tips for your spring gardening wardrobe.

1. Layering is the key to cooperating with fluctuating temperatures

When the mercury rises and falls dramatically throughout the day, layering becomes your most important strategy. Start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking base layer to keep you dry while you’re working up a sweat in the garden. Think long sleeved, high-neck shirts, ideally made from bamboo or another sustainable material.

On top of this layer, add a zip-up fleece jumper or jacket that can be easily removed when the weather warms up. Materials like wool can provide insulation without adding bulk and restricting your movement.

Keep a waterproof jacket with a hood nearby if needed - why stop gardening when the rain starts?

2. Keep feet dry and comfortable

Opt for ankle boots instead of knee-highs. Why? Ankle boots allow for better movement if you’re bending down or kneeling, meaning more comfort during long and arduous tasks such as weeding. Our beautiful Green & Fair Rubber Gardening Shoes are the ideal option, and are made by hand using 100% pure natural Fair Trade latex. They’re non-slip, will protect your feet during wetter days, and are easy to slide on and off. Hang them in your house or shed using the built-in loops to keep your floors uncluttered. They even come in a handy mesh bag which can be reused time and time again for food shopping or storage!

3. Block out the breeze

During windier days, it’s important to block out the breeze from openings in your garments to avoid getting too chilly. A snood is perfect for wearing around your neck, and doesn’t come with the bulk or fuss of a long scarf. Made from a loop of fabric, it simply slips over your head, rather than wrapping around your neck. You can even pull it up over your mouth and nose if the temperatures really drop, or pop it in your pocket when the sun comes out. Find one made from soft, insulating materials such as merino wool to keep the cold out while allowing your skin to breathe.

4. Protect your hands

No spring gardening ensemble is complete without a trusty pair of gloves to shield your hands from the cold, as well as prickles, stingers and more. Opt for our organic cotton gloves - the fabric will be soft and gentle against your skin, and won’t contain harmful chemicals such as pesticides. Great for sensitive hands!

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