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Most plant lovers do their gardening bare-handed, even though the same sun, water, and earth that nurture gardens can wreak havoc on skin. “I like to feel my hands in the soil,” says Pacific Northwest gardener Tom Fischer, author of Perennial Companions (Timber Press), “and if I'm weeding—a frequent activity—it's essential to feel the culprit's roots, so that I can remove as much of the plant as possible.” Fortunately, help is within reach.
Here are 10 restorative balms preferred by some of our favorite gardeners: