Honey Badger Garden Gloves vs Garden Genie Gloves & Others

Different gardening tasks require different types of garden gloves. Get the right pair for your needs with a short read on what’s new for the spring season ahead.
Anyone can buy a pair of gloves online. It’s easy, quick & fun… Until you end up with something that doesn’t fit or perform like what you expected. Hype is definitely a tool well used by marketing departments to make a sale. Here I’ll try to simplify some of the details of current hot selling gardening gloves and some of the pitfalls that many have fallen into. A good example is the digging gloves that have really taken off since 2014. The leading brand is Honey Badger Garden Gloves followed by Garden Genie. I’ll also cover some of the more traditional garden gloves.

Types:

There are literally thousands of different gloves available, especially if you’re shopping online. Google or any search engine will promptly find the results in about half a second. So what do you do with the results? Clicking on the first result you see may not be the wisest way to go. Rule number one is to get the right glove for your task. Narrow it down by choosing the appropriate materials. The most common materials are:

Leather Gloves:

These have been a favorite of many gardeners for centuries. They are very durable and form to your hands over a period of usage, often there are waterproof rated ones, and they provide great protection against thorns. Rose pruning gloves are often made of leather or ‘man made’ leather.

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Cloth Gloves :

This is a very inexpensive glove that offers very little protection. They are usually made from jersey cotton and will keep your hands from getting dirty when holding tools. The upside is that they keep your hands cool and are washable.

Rubber OR Nitrile Coated Gloves: This type of garden glove has the same type of cloth but they have a rubber or nitrile coating on the palm side (Contact areas )of the gloves when you’re gardening. Depending on the type of coating you may have better grip, better abrasion resistance, or better impermeability against water, oil chemicals or other elements. Note that If you’re allergic to latex, Nitirle is a good option.
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Neoprene or Spandex Gloves:

This is a glove that has good abrasion resistance and grip as well. Many of these gloves have other features such as padded palms. These cushions come in handy when doing impact work. Some of the fingertips may have additional materials stitched on, or a thumb crotch stitching as well to prevent the seam of the inside of the thumb from coming undone. Some of these gloves are chemical resistant and use breathable fabrics. Read the details and make sure it fits your needs before purchasing.
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Digging Gloves:

Gardening Gloves have a new category of hand protection. It’s actually a glove and tool mixed in one. They have claws on the fingers which are very useful for gardening, and they prevent the fingertips from wearing out at the most used areas. A clever idea invented by Honey badger Garden Gloves in 2012. Recently there have been a lot of hype about these digging gloves and there are many cheap Chinese copies on the market.
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The thing to remember about this type of gardening glove is that the claws MUST be sealed properly all the way around the fingers. Otherwise they can twist during use as pressure is applied. This may injure your fingers… This goes double for arthritic users. These were originally designed for ‘Ease of Use’ certification by the Arthritis Foundation, which is a level of functionality for those who have arthritis.
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But the Authenticity is important for this kind of product because unauthentic (Knock-off ) products that are produced for a quick sale rarely do any product testing or rigorous Quality Control. They are very useful for many reasons. I often use them for light gardening tasks and daily harvest of vegetables. The claws are durable and protect your fingernails with the Patented “Isolation Pocket”. The original Honey Badger Garden Gloves have many size and color combinations and you can even choose which hand(s) you prefer the claws to be on – Right, Left or Both. Most of the Garden Genie gloves online are not authentic and offer only one size and color. You can use this link in this article for the Authentic Product. Can you Dig it?!

Happy Gardening ~

Start-ups Beware

The differences between Garden Genie VS. Honey Badger

Product Conception:
Honey badger – Conceived developed & improved with 7 evolutions of prototypes beginning in 2012 for over a period of 2.5 years. Extensive R& D for materials & eco-friendly means.
Garden Genie – Conceived when Tekno products Inc. ( Notorious Knock-off artists ) saw a potentially lucrative product to copy and sell through their usual channels of Direct Marketing, TV sales & online e-commerce. They obtained their first pair of Honey Badger Gloves to copy in December 2014 via Amazon from seller Honey Badger Garden Gloves.

Philosophy:
HoneyBadger – Create Solution based products that are useful and meaningful to the end user.
Garden Genie – makes as much personal profit by copying lucrative Ideas & products from individuals and companies who don’t have a means ( or budget ) to protect themselves legally. The key here is that even if the start-up company is able to raise the funds to take legal action, TeknoProducts Inc has perfected the process of profiting during the legal process which takes years until a Judgement is granted to the real product developer(s). By this time even if they are fined, it’s such a small fraction of the profits they have made.

Modus Operandi:
Contribute to the community for which the product is being developed. In the case of the Garden Glove – Donations to the needy children’s communities & Scholarship grants for agricultural studies.
The focus is on Profit with no regard for the developer who suffers great losses, ( in terms of Damages Lost sales, and left with a product that has lost it’s novelty & reputation for quality ).

Product -developer’s perspective:

Buyer’s Perspective: A great deal is always based on Value. Why go with a knock-off company that has never done any Research & Development on a product they mass produce based on market demand. Their hope is that the price is low enough that you won’t complain about the poor quality. The smart buyer seeks out the product that is well designed & has a purposeful dedication to the community they design products for. Honey Badger Gloves are made By Gardeners For Gardeners!

Let Us Recycle Your Worn Out Gloves

Let Us Recycle Your Worn Out Gloves Honey Badger Garden Gloves

Just send us your gloves that are worn out at the fingertips and we will attach the claws onto the fingers and send them right back.
Voila! – Your gloves are now reusable.

Advantages:
– Up-cycling means Less waste – a greener solution for us all.
– You can custom order the claws to be on the fingers that you want.

Note:
– Minimum two pairs
– 3 to 4 claws per hand.
– Please make sure the gloves are clean before sending.
– Some glove materials may not be attachable with the various Low VOC adhesives we use. Please ask before sending.

Cost: $16.00 for two pairs. OR $1.00 per claw

Gardening Gloves with an edge over the competition

The Honey Badger Garden Gloves – Worth the Price?

Some things in life you just have to learn by experience. Most people I know have had the experience of finding a ‘would- be’ bargain, only to find that the item was not really a deal at all. It happens with household item, cars, shoes… Either it is poorly designed, the materials used are not the best… any of dozens of reasons for disappointment arise after the fact. I – like everyone love a good deal and cherish those bargains, but truth be told, sometimes it’s actually a better value to pay more for an overall better product.

Comparative Advantage:


With that in mind, I’d like to make a comparison with new gardening gloves that are being offered at a discount through Amazon.com . It’s called the Honey Badger Garden Glove. This is a game changer in the development of women’s garden gloves, here’s why: It has recycled plastic claws, which solves the problem of the fingertips wearing out. As well as a pocket that protects the fingernails of the user.

We all use tools when gardening and often leave them behind when working in the garden. Though it can’t replace a spade or trowel, it comes in very handy to manipulate the soil, a perfect tool for light gardening.

When Compared to the leading brands of gardening gloves this feature alone is a money saver as well as making your work more effortless.

Stress on the fingers is a legitimate concern when gardening. During the testing of the prototype phase it was discovered that the shape of the claws ( Tooling features ) reduces stress on the extremities of the fingers by leveraging the stronger articulations of the finger. This is a completely different approach to glove design than we have seen till now. It uses Patent Pending technology to provide leverage and they’re in talks with the Arthritis Foundation for “Ease of Use” Certification.

This feature is above the bar set by leading competitors of the market standards and not considered by other glove manufacturers.

Dexterity is also a key feature we applied to enable easy handling of other hand tools. This way you don’t have to replace your gloves nearly as often. Less waste is less carbon footprint.~

Designed Obsolescence:

Most companies base their business on repeat business. Once the product breaks or wears out, they make another sale. Think of industries like clothing, household items, cars, shoes, socks…

The average gardener typically uses 3 -5 pairs of regular gardening gloves within a season ( 50 hrs. ). The Honey Badger Garden Glove will last around 200 Hrs. of regular use. A significant improvement in value.

“ It’s Cheaper in the long run because it’s designed to last. You get more wear out of every pair! “

Design Considerations:

“The Question we asked ourselves was: How do we incorporate tooling features into a safety glove without compromising any of their respective characteristics? We came up with a glove that has proven to be the IDEAL BALANCE between a Tool and a Safety Glove. It allows the user to use more of the applied energy effectively. More work is done with the same energy input. Similar to the comparison of walking vs. cycling.

• It’s Made from recycled plastic, engineered for tooling
• The latex is durable and cut resistant
• Superior protection against sharp & jagged objects
• Washable.
• The ergonomic design follows form and function and makes it comfortable while leveraging your strength, effectively using your energy more efficiently.
• The Styling of the glove is sleek and looks great.
• The bright colors make it easy to find if you’ve left them in the yard.

Features & Benefits:
Benefits:

• Protects your hands & nails. Best gardening gloves for women
• Designed to outlast any ordinary garden glove
• Has the effectiveness of a tool with the protection & comfort of a glove
• Engineered to perform like a hand tool
• Recycle your worn out Gloves by attaching the Plastic Claws

Features:
• Washable
• High Visibility Colors are easy to see if left in the garden.
• Claws can be purchased separately to upcycle ( Reuse ) your own worn out gloves.
• Made with Recycled durable plastic & Eco-Friendly Adhesives.

The overall value of a product is the sum of the parts when it comes to comparison shopping . When you compare features at face value, it becomes clear whether a product is designed for consumption or longevity. Quality, Design philosophy, ease of use and durability are the values that often outweigh price alone. Besides, they make excellent gifts for gardeners.

Women’s garden gloves have come a long way in the last few years. Find yours at HoneyBadgerGloves.com Or on Amazon.com

Happy Gardening ~
Aaron Ohan

A study in Gardening Gloves – The Right Tool For The Job

Honey Badger Garden Gloves

It always happens – I get my tools out, start working on a home project that I’ve been planning for weeks, all is going well until I strain, cut or bruise a hand, arm, or worse. Despite being careful, this can happen to anyone when they least expect it.

In this article I’ be talking about hand protection and some new available options.
Gloves are not usually considered to be a tool, and why should they be? They just protect your hands right? – Honey badger Garden Gloves (Currently being offered at a discount on Amazon.com ) is a company that has finally broken the boundaries of the glove category. By the end of this article your perception of the difference between tool and glove will be challenged. They have made a glove with tooling features. They are claws attached to the middle three fingers, enabling you to dig through the soil unlike any other glove.

No ~ I won’t be abandoning my spade & trowel anytime soon, but it is a handy feature on a glove. Very useful for light gardening when I’ve left a tool behind in the garden as I’m working along. When planting seeds or flowers about 6 inches deep it’s actually quicker and easier with the gloves especially if the soil is already broken up. It’s not designed to replace any existing tools but a welcome addition to the tools I already have. It adds convenience while providing superior safety & support for your hands & fingernails. This is makes it the best gardening gloves for women in that respect – not to mention these also make fantastic gifts for gardeners.

A product always turns out better when the creators are the users themselves. This glove is designed by Gardeners for Gardeners. That being said, they took into account some other important elements that only ‘Green’ minded people would. Such as, the recycled plastic that is used to make the claws or “Tooling Features”. A very tough ABS plastic that is durable enough to provide approximately 200 hours of gardening. Compared with the 30 to 50 hours of wear for the leading glove brand. You get more wear out of every pair. That alone reduces your carbon footprint.


When interviewing Aaron Ohan the developer of the gloves, I asked him about the overall design and what was the inspiration to create them.

“Over the years I’ve used hundreds of gardening gloves,– usually similar in design. I realized that they haven’t changed much in terms of new features or technology. The same areas of the glove wear out quickly and I ‘d end up buying more gloves. I thought what if there is a glove that has the features of a tool but is also designed for comfort and durability. I searched online ( in stores ) for a pair. When I couldn’t find anything, I decided to make my own.

I started with sketches, and prototypes. I tried metal tips, wood tips, different claw shapes, different depths, different combinations of fingers…, 18 months later, after incorporating the feedback we received from various trade shows, we came up with the optimum balance between Glove & Tool”.


“A Good design in this case was Finding the Ideal Balance of Glove and Tool”.

When I tried these gloves for the first time it took a bit of getting used to. But after only a few minutes, I could easily hold other tools as I would with other gloves, I felt protected against thorns or cuts, but more specifically I tried digging with them and I found them to be very easy and comfortable to use. I could dig like a tool with my hands. Its Patent Pending Leverage design makes a little effort seem like much more. An analogy I would use to describe it… It’s like jogging vs. Cycling. The same input generates more output. ~ Now that’s definitely the right tool for the job!

The Honey Badger Garden Glove

It’s The Gardening Tool That Fits Like A Glove! TM.-

Womens garden gloves have come a long way in the last few years. Find yours at HoneyBadgerGloves.com Or on Amazon.com
Happy Gardening ~

A “True Green” Approach to Designing Garden Gloves

Gardening Gloves that are built to last

In recent years there has been a global awareness of ‘True Green’ product development & design. I’m glad to see that it has been embraced by today’s youth and young adults who have inherited the increasingly toxic state of our mother earth.

Is it ‘Green’? – It’s ironic to see products that are deemed “Green” overstep the Eco- Friendly ideology in the design process. Yes the final product may be ‘Green’ but the manufacturing process is a different story. Products today claim to be designed for sustainability, however some of the key elements behind the development process are anything but.

Designing a True Eco Friendly product starts from the bottom up. The materials used, production methods and even logistics lay paramount in the considerations of the overall design of any product. Be it Homes, cars, clothing and any common item.

We’ve all heard of the electric car that produces ZERO emissions, but in the ads they never mention the enormous carbon footprint generated by the coal and fossil fuels used in the manufacturing process of the batteries. In the production of the batteries for an average electric car, the carbon footprint is equal to a 1955 Chevy Belair running for 40 years. Clearly this defeats the purpose.

To avoid this fatal flaw from the get go, we have to support true Eco-Friendly products with a bit of common sense & education.

Here is a simple example of a ‘True Green’ consumer product for the ‘lawn & garden’ sector that has impressed me. – ‘The Honey Badger Garden Glove’. A gardening glove with claws. A simple idea yes, but also an effective product that caters to the greenest community of all, and is made with recycled materials, low VOC adhesive, and the feature I like the most,- You can recycle or ‘upcycle’ your own worn out gloves by fitting them with the claws also sold separately. Furthermore they last several times longer than commonly used garden gloves since the fingertips are the first part to wear out.

This is just one example of what I hope will be a trend in consumer products to come. How refreshing to see product designers & engineers applying a well thought out design philosophy on a given product from beginning to end. But it doesn’t end there.

   


‘Honey Badger Garden Gloves’ is in talks with the Arthritis Foundation for “Ease of Use” certification. The simple but effective design of the claws incorporates Patent Pending Technology to Leverage hand strength, and reduces stress on the fingers and nails when used for digging. Best used for light gardening, its ergonomic & sleek design is not cumbersome as one would think from the initial prototype. You can easily hold & use other tools without the claws interfering with the grip & range of motion. Although I don’t think it will replace traditional gardening tools, it is a welcome addition to tool sheds around the world, particularly if it reduces waste in a consumer item that every gardener uses for safety. Arguably the best gardening gloves for women.

In the future, manufacturing technologies will be improved and influenced by Nano scale precision, application techniques, materials developed, and other mechanical components. This is meaningless without the spark of an innovative idea .

   


Historically conventional wisdom tells us that when producing a product we have to compromise quality for price, weight for rigidity and strength, speed for cost and other trade –offs. But conventional wisdom is changing, and if ‘True Green’ product development is recognized as the prevailing ideology, then consumption – based approaches like ‘designed obsolescence will be a thing of the past.

   

   

Women’s garden gloves have come a long way in the last few years. Find yours at HoneyBadgerGloves.com Or on Amazon.com

Happy Gardening ~
Aaron Ohan

Kitchen Gardening

Guide to Backyard Kitchen Gardening

Working in a backyard Kitchen Garden is a fun activity for the family and a great learning experience for the children. Whether you aim to gain some sun and exercise or enjoy fresh and healthy produce, here is the five step guide that will start you off with your very own Kitchen Garden.

Step 1 – Gear Up
Just like stepping into any new venture it is advised to gear up. Likewise, the requirement for kitchen gardening is to equip yourself with some good quality gardening tools. Buy high-quality tools and consider it an investment rather than going for the cutting cost scheme.

A few items to start with:
1. Round head shovel – for digging bigger holes.
2. Rake – for gathering and transporting debris around the garden or to the plants.
3. Gardening Gloves – fetch for badger clawed gloves which will help you in not only protecting your fingers but also assist in digging small holes, and weeding.
4. Shears – to prune brown leaves or snipping herbs
5. Watering can/ hose/ dripping solution – either one of these or it may vary from your gardening needs and the water source.

Step 2 – Garden Layout and Location
One of the essentials of Kitchen Gardening is to choose an area which gets enough sunlight. The plants having access to water and drainage plays a vital part in the well-being of your Kitchen Gardening. The size of the Garden and layout that you choose varies on the available space and the time you wish to invest in the Garden. However, the ideal size for a backyard garden is 500 sq. ft. You might also want to consider any future plantation plan to ensure flatbeds, to avoid any uneven water distribution and erosion.

Step 3 – Garden Bed & Soil Prep
Garden success stories depend on the quality of the soil. The bulk of your work depends on choosing between the garden beds i) traditional (in-ground); ii) container based, or iii) raised beds. Raised beds function better under colder climates, as the soil is quicker under the spring sun, allowing you to plant much sooner.

Preparing the soil is crucial, and in case the soil of your backyard has never been gardened, then your vegetables will flourish in the first year. The soil will be added with its subsequent nutrients for the future.

Step 4 – Choosing the right Vegetables to grow
The vegetables you decide to grow depend on your personal choice, but it would also be wise to consider your weather condition, the time of year and the type of soil. Always start small and begin with vegetables that require less commitment and are easy to grow.

Step 5 – Ready to Grow
Once your seedlings are in the ground, it’s all about keeping a watchful eye. Use additional compost for water retention, look out for weeds, and keep seedlings protected from intense sunlight or animals.
A well laid out garden provides years of rich fruits with minimal routine maintenance.

Garden without getting Gardener’s hands

Most nature lovers would not think twice before getting their hands dirty in the garden. Like all things around us, there are pros and cons while enjoying gardening – “You Are Bound to get Gardener’s Hands”.

As a gardener, I love Mother Nature and everything about the outdoors. It gives me a breather to step away from technology and feel life with my own hands. However, I am aware of the flipside; that gardening always seems to spoil my hands, so much so that I spend more time on aftercare of my hands than in actual gardening. After long hours of gardening, one’s hands are bound to get cracks on them, with dirt embedded in between the fingernails, and the skin feels stretched and dry. It is an uncomfortable feeling, especially on a weekend when family and friends are visiting.

All this can be avoided if one gets into the habit of wearing gloves when entering the garden. Wait a minute! Unfortunately, there is one slight problem. The gloves available in the market are usually made out of fabric, that gets dirty very quickly, and are simply very clumsy when it comes to work. So either one keeps multiple pairs or uses gloves to get their work done. Although, they may be expensive for everyday use and also a problem when using garden tools for basic seeding purposes.

Nonetheless, there is an answer to this most common complaint from gardeners. A pair of gloves that are designed keeping in mind durability and comfort of the gardener. The gloves by ‘Honey Badger’ are designed for the toughest of challenges in the most demanding settings. The claws are essentially the best find that is used for digging. These are in actuality like a gardening tool that fits in comfortably like a glove. The claws are made of long-lasting plastic, that keeps fingers safe from getting sore, as it has a little gap called the ‘Isolation pocket’ that allows the claw to bend away keeping the fingertips safe. The gloves are made out of eco-friendly materials, and latex. Most of all these gloves are washable coming in bright colors that are easily visible from afar in case they are left behind in the backyard.

The gloves are tested for extensive digging in the garden and lasts approximately for 200 hours. So in short, the gardening tool in hand is in the shape of a glove that grips in well around the wrist managing to keep dirt and grime out of the gloves especially while pulling up plants or weeding. Moreover, the elasticized cloth keeps dirt completely out of the gloves itself. These gloves with its claws provide the biggest advantage for digging as deep into the dry or wet soil with less pressure on the fingers. Plus, it keeps the hands safe from getting cut or spruced while using other gardening tools like a digger or pruning knife. The product is a must buy for all those who like to delicately work on their gardens.

Happy Gardening!

10 tips and pics for Feng Shui Garden Design

When looking through your seed catalog to pick plants and trees, consider the design of the garden as well. Feng Shui is the balance of energy and harmony through elements such as placement, water, color, shape and texture. It originated 3000 years ago in China and is used indoors as well as outdoors.

 

The Idea is to connect with the higher powers that bring positive energy, prosperity, peace and balance to one’s life.

 

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1 – Avoid square & boxy design where the energy flow is obstructed or confined.

 

 

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2 – The left side (looking out from the front door) of the house represents the male energy as the right side represents the female energy. The balance is achieved by balancing or evening out the heights of the landscape so that the forces balance one another.

 

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3 – Water represents wealth and equity, therefore consider a small pond that flows toward the entrance door.

 

 

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4 – Mountains symbolize protection, to use this design element you can: have relatively tall trees around the property (not too close to the house). Or sloping hills that flow the negative energy away from the property.

 

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5 – The East represents health, longevity, honoring family and very much associated with the wood element. Bare in mind that wood was once a plant and plants in general can be subcategorized as male and female. The light and delicate plants are considered feminine energy as the bulkier and hardy plants are considered masculine energy. These should be balanced and placed for proper energy flow.

 

 

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6 – The West is associated with creativity and empathy as well as the element of metal. To incorporate this you can plant white and grey colored plants as well as wrought iron fence

 

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7 – North represents spirituality and mentorship, life’s journey and is depicted by the element of water. Be sure to have at least a bird bath in your yard. Birds add yet another dimension to the yard in the form of freedom.

 

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8 – Walkways and paths should flow with curves rather than straight lines. This can mimic the water element in case you decide not to incorporate a live water feature. Straight lines are not natural creations.

 

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9 – To represent partnership pairing works really well. When planting a single flower, consider planting two pots of the same flower instead of the one solitary plant.

 

 

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10 – Bamboo is very commonly used in Feng Shui gardens because it represents power, the ability to get along and flexibility.

 

With this you have enough to start planning your garden design and some of the elements you would like to introduce to your own gardentopia. There are many great books if you’d like to pursue the art of Feng Shui.

 

~ Improve your world with balance and harmony ~

 

Aaron Ohan