Hey all, I was outside just now using my weed-eater to try to get down some of the tall weeds next to the garden. I admit to being really busy over the last week or so and had a broken weed-eater so we where not able to get to some of the weeds. Well, there I was really enjoying killing off the weeds and tall grass at the end of my garden's edge when I realized that what I was killing was nightshade. I am pretty sure it is Eastern Black Nighshade as the flowers where tiny and white. Not the big purple or white star-bursts of some of the other nightshade plants. Well, I am prone to freak-outs anyway and as expected now I am upset. So my concerns are these: 1. What is the most responsible way of getting rid of this garden pest? We do have a few children in the area and I don't want any of them eating the berries. 2. Is there any chance of me having some kind of a problem? I did hit them with the weedeater a couple of times and I had grass and weed bits all over my jeans and shoes and socks. Can the toxin be absorbed into the skin? I have not found anything that says that, but I have only looked at a few sites. 3. Is there any danger to our veggies? I have tomatoes and squash with fruit near where I was killing them. Should I be wary of eating veggies that may have had nighshade juice sprayed on them accidentally? I know that some of you are laughing at me now, but I have found that if I can arm myself with the truth, I am much less likely to be afraid of these things. And yes, I do know that tomatoes are from the nighshade family. Thank you for reading this and for your replies.