ACK!!! Nightshade in my garden!!

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Hears The Water, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Hears The Water

    Hears The Water Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  2. sbeerman

    sbeerman Well-Known Member

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    Well I have them every year. There a real pain. But I just try and pull befor they go to seed. I just use my bare hands and only ever got green fingers. It washes off. I'm sure your veg. will be fine.
    Happy gardening
    Sandie OR. 5/6
     

  3. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    I too have nightshade as a marginal pest weed. Not a problem since I can easily spot it and either pull it or snip it off with a hoe. It's actually a good sign that I'm doing some things right. The ripe nightshade berries are a delicacy not only to humans but to birds. And it's migrating birds that are responsible for planting it here. I'm the bad guy for not allowing it to become a feeding station for the next generation of birds!

    Martin
     
  4. Hears The Water

    Hears The Water Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thank you both for helping to calm my fears. It seems that every year I find some reason to freak out about my garden. I was so happy to move here and put in a garden because I thought I was not going to have to deal with Jimson Weed anymore. Ha! Now I am dealing with it's cousin, Nightshade. Looks like we have a nice project here, and a lesson in keeping the weeds down before they get too big! Thanks again.
    God bless you and yours
    Debbie
     
  5. zealot

    zealot Soli Deo Gloria

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    Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, chiquelite huckleberries, etc. are all nightshade too.