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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Do you know deadly nightshade?

A friend found out the hard way. Not as hard as could have been, thanks to merciful God. Check out the pictures here.

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At 10:16 PM, Blogger Maureen said...

It's not a problem if you don't have kids in the neighborhood, and if you know what it is and aren't going to eat any. We've had nightshade along our fenceline for years, and never a problem. But I agree that if you have little ones, it's gotta go.

It's also a good idea to teach kids what the wild plants and weeds are, so they'll know good from bad. A lot of times, local natural history museums or parks will have forest and meadow walks that teach plant identification. Five or six year olds can absorb this sort of thing, especially if you repeat it next year or go on walks with them during the rest of the summer.

Finally, kids usually are very interested in learning about poisonous substances and symptoms, especially at about the same age as they start reading mysteries. This is something that will stand them in good stead for a lifetime if they learn it, as it will spare them putting themselves into dangerous situations. (Like the lady who was stripping paint off an old house, had it tested for lead, but didn't test it for arsenic. Arsenic symptoms out the gahooey-mooey, and didn't suspect! If only she'd read more Sayers!)


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