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Working all day out on a farm under the scorching sun just to look after the crops is a must-do thing for you, I understand. While doing that you might get injured sometimes. So, in order to prevent or lessen farming hazards, understand that proper clothing can help you carry out your duties smoothly. Remember, appropriate clothing is an “essential” you really need to pay attention to.

Farming is all about digging up the soil, planting seeds, composting plants and cultivating the land. At certain times, you need to work with your bare hands and walk barefoot in the field. Still, protecting your body is crucial to perform all your tasks. Here’s the list of items you need to wear while on the farm.

Farm Boots and Clogs

Although there is a variety of gardening shoes, not all of them are safe and comfortable. In that case, boots or clogs are the most suitable choice. They not only keep your feet dry but are designed to protect you from harmful chemicals. Read: Routine Foot Care: Footwear Fundamentals

A Wide Hat

Excessive exposure to UV rays can be dangerous for your skin and overall health. It can cause skin cancer and premature ageing. Considering that, the next essential attire for your farming chores is a wide-brimmed hat. Along with providing you some shade, it can also steer you clear of heat stroke and other traumatic health complications, keeping your head cool. Read: How to Avoid Hat Hair

An Apron

Whether it is a waistline apron or a pinafore that covers your body, an apron can keep your clothes clean and dirt and fertilizer-free. Whenever you shop for an apron, buy the one made from hard fiber. That is because you won’t to expose your body to harsh chemicals and whatnot.

Gardening Gloves

While working on the farm, you will have to handle pesticides and other chemicals, which if you aren’t careful, could lead to debilitating health complications. However, you must choose gloves that serve a specific purpose. Although rubber gloves are widely used for farm work, leather gloves are the best choice when you are working with thorny plants or when you’re spraying pesticides and insecticides. Read: Care For Your Hands

Overalls

as their working outfit Quality dungarees are more durable and comfortable. They are flexible, which means you can comfortably bend, especially when shoveling or composting. Adding to that, you will have plenty of pockets to keep different things.

Now that you have a clear idea about the must-have clothes for farming, remember that your body is the most important equipment for your work. Therefore, you really have to choose appropriate clothes to protect yourself.

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A Rose by Any Other Name is a Hellebore

by Gail Kavanagh

Do you want the pleasure of a garden in bloom all year round, even in winter? Look no further than the hellebore, a 3000 year old flowering plant known as the Winter Rose. In Asia, where it originated, the roots were dried and ground to be used as a medicine, but no herbalist would recommend this today as hellebore root is toxic. But as a color feature in the garden, especially in the shady but bare areas beneath trees, hellebore is unsurpassed.

The evergreen shrubs come in several different varieties to suit any purpose, but all share a fairly tolerant nature. Hellebores don’t need much pruning, are happy in places that don’t get much sun and are easy to propagate by dividing the clumps after the flowering season. Just make sure you wear protective gloves in case your skin is sensitive to the roots.

The most common species of hellebore are Helleborus Orientalis and Helleborus Niger. These are also known, respectively, as the Lenten and the Christmas Rose because of their flowering times.

The Lenten Rose, or Helleborus Orientalis, is a compact plant producing large flowers around Easter. The variety of blooms is spectacular; some are soft purple and pink, others are white and green; some are spotted with red; some are striped with other shades. The flowers are good for cutting and look stunning in a vase or flower arrangement. Being such a hardy plant, they will last as cut flowers for a week, especially if you dip the stems in boiling water before arranging them.

The Christmas Rose, or Helleborus Niger, is the one that gives fresh white flowers in the heart of winter, perfect for Christmas decorating. It needs more care than the Lenten Rose, which is a far more hardy plant. But added to these two basic varieties are newer hybrids, which have an even wider variety of color, and a wider range of types suitable for different conditions. One variety, known as Honeyhill Joy, is Helleborus Niger and Corsican Hellebore hybrid, and performs well in cold weather, providing blooms from midwinter into spring.

Traditionally, Hellebores love cool, moist conditions, and need extra care during the summer. For older varieties, plenty of shade is a must, and they need to be kept moist and well mulched to stop the soil around them drying out. But there are newer hybrids, like H.xballardiae which are more tolerant to hot climates. It is always worthwhile to shop around, and discuss with your local plant expert what varieties you can cultivate in your planting zone.
Hellebores can be propagated by seeds as well as clump division, Sometimes you will notice seed pods forming in the center of the flowers. You can catch these seeds by putting a paper bag over the flower, and use them to propagate more plants. However, the plants grown from seed will take several years to flower, so the method of dividing the clumps is better if you don’t want to wait that long.

You don’t have to fuss over hellebores as long as they are happy where they are planted. If they thrive, they are happy, and will flower profusely with little attention required. There will always be a welcome spot of color in the garden, as well as a regular supply of glorious cut flowers for the home.


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