I love to garden both outside and indoors. I don’t like to wear gardening gloves. I always want my nails to look pretty. There is a way to make this work that is both simple and inexpensive. The only thing you need is a bar of soap. I use Ivory or Dove Soap since both are biodegradable. Before you start your gardening chores, wet the bar of soap and drag or scrape your fingernails across the soap. The soap blocks the top of your nails and forms a barrier so no dirt can get in.
When you’re finished playing around with your plants, repotting, or digging up bulbs for the winter, just use a nail brush to wash away the remaining soap.