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Whether you’re a gardener, homesteader, or a straight up farmgirl, we all share one thing: a love of the earth. Literally. Most of us are notorious for gardening, cleaning, and caring for livestock without any gloves on. It’s hardly surprising when our nails start to show wear and tear from our soil-loving lifestyle.

Chipped nails, broken nails, frayed or split nails. Sound familiar?  How about spots, lines or ridges along your nails? In many ways your nails are a window to your health. They say a lot about how you live. If your nails aren’t looking their best, then you might benefit from taking a closer look at how you care for your hands on the outside and care for your body on the inside. Here are a few nail care tips for keeping those gardening hands as pretty as possible!

Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria or fungi from growing and causing infections under your nails.

Don’t bite or pick your nails. Biting and picking at your nails can cause stress fractures which can lead to breakage. Both habits also damage your nail bed. If you are too rough and cut along the area, you can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection in the area.

Keep your nails conditioned. Using a moisturizer, petroleum jelly, or castor oil can help keep your nails from drying out.

Want more tips on caring for your gardeners hands? You might like: 7 Hand and Nail Care Tips For Every Gardener!

Wear gloves! You know those yellow kitchen gloves and outdoor work gloves that you’ve been ignoring? Put them on when you’re working! Yard work, gardening, washing dishes and cleaning can leave your nails chipped, frayed, broken or exposed to harsh chemicals. Wearing gloves will protect your nails and hands from damage.

Optimize your nutrient intake. One of the best nail care tips that we can think of is one that benefits more than just your nails. Get on a clean eating kick! Weak and unhealthy nails can be a reflection of a nutritional deficiency. Try introducing some more Vitamin B and E as well as protein into your diet.

Your nails aren’t tools. Using your nails to pick, poke or pry things can damage your nails.

Use nail polish. Wearing nail polish protects your nails from damage. For best results, remove old nail polish after about ten days. Nontoxic nail polish only, please!

Avoid harsh chemicals. Chemicals such as acetone, formaldehyde and toluene can dry out your nails and make it difficult to maintain healthy and strong nails.

Try a brush-on nail strengthener. Nail strengtheners are composed of the same proteins as our nails.

While our nail care tips can usually help improve the appearance of your nails, see a doctor or dermatologist if you suffer from persistent nail problems that don’t go away on their own or are accompanied by other symptoms. It may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

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Make Money By Selling Your Produce

Farming is rewarding, but not always in the sense that you can grow your favorite herbs and spices all year around. I’ll give you a hint; it involves earning a few extra bucks. A lot of home farmers like to start selling their homegrown produce once they’ve had enough of the ‘eat out of your garden’ magic.

Or, it’s possible that you’ve simply collected too much this harvest and you don’t want all the extra produce that’ll need to be quickly preserved. These are all cases when selling your produce is considered to be a better idea.

Remember one thing though; unless you have a pretty large farm, you can’t sell to your local supermarket, which usually buys through wholesale. Although getting to sell all your produce at once can be satisfying and quick, you won’t get enough money for this since the supermarket is just a link in the chain before your goods reach the consumer.

Instead, opt to sell directly to customers. This will get you more money compared to the wholesale method, but it’ll need some more time and you’ll be required to meet a lot of people. That’s why it’s advised that you predict how much of your produce, in weight, you’ll be selling so you can make an agreement with buyers before harvest time arrives. This way, you’ll be able to provide customers with produce, fresh off the farm.

Retail Markets

Now there are plenty of retail markets out there but which one is the right one for you? Again, it depends on how much produce you have, and whether you plan on selling all of it. Your first option is to sell it at a farmer’s market. Contrary to common belief, many people shop for fresh produce here because they want to support local agriculture, and prefer home-grown vegetables and fruits.

Now the key to selling here is to have enough produce to last you throughout the day, but it isn’t necessary. If you don’t have that much produce to begin with, you can instead bring lots of variety in good amounts. Having a fresh palette of greens, tubers, berries and other fruits will get lots of attention. Needless to say, you’ll have sold all your produce in no time.

A benefit of selling this way is that it helps you engage and meet new people, as well as other farmers. It’s possible that your customers may want to purchase from you directly next time after having a good experience.

The other method for retail selling is pretty simple because all you have to do is put up a roadside stand. You may not think so but people commonly like to buy their vegetables and fruits from roadside stands. Think of it as a lemonade stand, except you’re selling the lemons.

Any customers who’ll stop by at your roadside stand are likely to want to see your farm, so it’s advised that you set up your stand in close proximity to your garden. Also, be careful to keep your garden looking well-arranged and organized, so customers feel like they’re buying from a pro.

These are some of the ways that you can sell your home-grown fruits and vegetables and earn money. It’ll be a fun activity that lets you meet more people in the farming community as well, so you won’t be bored. Happy Farming!


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