It was close to 70 degrees F. here today! And it wasn't raining. I spent about 2 hours outside working on my herb/flower garden. I have developed arthritis in my hands, and could not keep it weeded last year, and so had about given up, and was going to eliminate most of it. Then, I felt inspired! I used the wheelbarrow, a pitch - fork, and lots of muscle and force and cleaned out about half of the goat shed and carted the gunk to the garden, through about 6 inches of mud. Well, that was the other day. Today, I had noticed some large pieces of bark that had fallen off logs my husband had split for firewood this winter. Aha! A road! So, I collected a barrow full of those, and used them to make a little path from the barn to the yard and although it certainly wasn't easy, and the goats kept jumping into the wheelbarrow and trying to escape when I'd open the gate, I did get quite a bit done. Then I had another idea... we have a HUGE pile of chopped up fallen leaves from last autumn in the woods behind our house. I was too beat to haul any more goat shed stuff, so I hauled some leaves. That was much easier. I'm not done yet, as I try to pace myself, but I will be back out as soon as the weather is decent on another day. I am going to mulch the garden very deeply. That should hold back most of the weeds. I also spread some wood ashes to help with the acid problem caused by the leaves. I think I have it about 2/3 done now.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because I wanted to tell you how I kept my hands from getting stained. First of all, I scraped my fingernails over a damp bar of soap until there was soap stuck under all of them. Then, I applied a generous amount of this to my hands: http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?pf_id=33981 I have been using this for years and it is a wonderful product. The dirt and grime just washes right off of my hands and they do not get stained. I wear gloves only if I'm trying to prevent blisters. Otherwise, I like to work with my hands bare.
Try it. I know you will be pleased!