There is something to be said for people who have a green thumb, unfortunately, I am not one of them. I love flowers and plants and shrubs…but I have in intense dislike for all the work that goes along with it. The weeding, the watering, the dirt under your nails…eek.

My mom, however can take a withered thorn and grow it into the most vibrant and beautiful rosebush you’ve ever seen. AND…she does it without ever getting dirt under her nails. And no, she doesn’t wear gloves. (Well, sometimes she does, but any of you who garden knows that doesn’t prevent the dirt from finding its way under your nails.)

She taught me a long time ago (I was just about 6 or 7) that if you scrape your nails across a bar of soap until the soap is under your nails and then you put your gloves on or you just go outside bare-handed, the dirt doesn’t get stuck under there permanently. It washes off with ease. Presto! You can look like a lady again. Simple? Yes. But it has always worked for me. Check out WFMW at Shannon’s for more tips.

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6 Comments on My mama told me…

  1. Lisa
    May 23, 2007 at 9:32 am (10 years ago)

    That is a great idea. Thank you! We have clay soil here and it is a hugh pain to get out.

  2. jen
    May 23, 2007 at 9:50 am (10 years ago)

    We are planning on putting our garden in this weekend. I’m going to try your idea! Thanks!

  3. Sarah
    May 23, 2007 at 11:57 am (10 years ago)

    I love almost every aspect of gardening but I loathe the feeling of dirt under my nails. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Girl Gone Wild
    May 23, 2007 at 12:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Hmmmmm…who would’ve thunk it? I love the idea. Makes sense…

  5. ellen b
    May 23, 2007 at 4:33 pm (10 years ago)

    What a great tip. Thanks. I’ll be mowing and weedwacking and weeding this weekend and I’m going to try that!

  6. Silvia
    June 3, 2007 at 9:37 am (10 years ago)

    Great tip–I’m posting about it on my site.

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