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For Clean Fingernails When You Garden

20160622A.jpgIf you don’t want to accumulate dirt under your fingernails while you’re gardening, scratch a bar of soap before starting. The soap lodged under your nails will prevent soil from penetrating. When you finish in the garden, just use a nail brush to remove the soap and your nails will be perfectly clean.

Or even easier, just wear gardening gloves.

The Right Attitude

But most laidback solution of all is simply to wear your dirty fingernails with pride: you are a gardener and this is what a gardener’s fingernails look like! ‘Nuff said!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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