The promise of fresh, chemical-free fruits and veggies is one of the greatest joys of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But before you begin your gardening for the season, keep in mind that the probability for accidents, injuries, and other issues also grows as the days get longer. Here are five ways to stay safe:
- Block the sun.
There is one thing all vegetable gardens have in common and that’s the need for full sun. Marla Ahlgrimm says this means you’ll be exposed to more UV rays than you really need. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF or at least 15; SPF 30 or 50.
- Watch for pests.
Bugs not only want to munch on your tomatoes, many will see you as a moving feast. Specifically, ticks and mosquitoes. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that you can reduce your chances of exposure to Lyme disease and other bug-borne illnesses by wearing long sleeves and pants and applying bug spray before you grab your gloves. Continue reading