Happy Monday and welcome to the second installment of my new weekly summertime series, “Not of the garden variety," that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry.

Like last week's kickoff post where I featured a few good, heirloom-quality hand tools, this week's soil-centric post is less about the blissfully indolent side of outdoor living and more about the necessities for getting down and dirty in the garden bed (s). Below you'll find a few gardening gloves — many but not all, made from eco-friendly materials — to keep eager greenthumbs well protected. And since we're on the topic of protective garden garb, you'll also find a few hats to help shield the skin from the sun during marathon pruning and weeding sessions.

Do you have a preferred brand/variety of gardening gloves?

Recycled Canvas Gardening Gloves @ Clean Air Gardening ($5.99)

Bamboo Garden Gloves @ aHa! Modern Living ($9)

Ethel Garden 4X Bamboo Gloves @ Ethel Gloves ($24)

Braided Raffia Hat @ Terrain ($48)

Recycled Knit Grip Glove @ West County Gardener ($10)

Foxgloves Original @ Foxgloves ($20)

Vegan Gardening Gloves @ Clean Air Gardening ($39.99)

Sweat Pea Beads Garden Gloves @ Hable Construction ($25)

T7MO Organic Cotton w/ 3D Mesh Hat @ Tilley($78)

Hand Woven Garden Hat @ Clean Air Gardening ($29.99)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Not of the garden variety: Gloves and hats
Before digging in this summer, make sure you have a quality pair of gardening gloves and a festive, UV-blocking hat to keep your hands and skin protected from t