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Deadly Nightshade: Help!!

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SarahJinx Fri 09-Sep-16 18:53:50

So after much googling I've just found out that the clump of weird flowers that have turned to deep purple berries (I fucking picked one last week!!) is very definitely Deadly Nightshade or Belladonna. I have a two year old and a five year old and a bloody puppy. We've been here just under a year so this is a new one on us. The garden is full of weird stuff but this is terrifying me. What in earth can I do about it? Please advise me if you can mn'ners

WowOoo Fri 09-Sep-16 18:59:35

Pull it up and get rid of it. No need to panic.
Until then keep a close eye on your children and pets in the garden.

We've had foxgloves here since they were little (well away at the back, but a cause for panic for some visitors and relatives).

Coldhandscoldheart Fri 09-Sep-16 19:24:51

Yes, as pp said. Also really hammer it into your children that they mustn't eat anything they have picked until you see it & say it's okay. Might be easier to go with a blanket ban initially.

SarahJinx Fri 09-Sep-16 19:34:26

I'll do it tomorrow, its a big clump and full of bloody berries. The worst if it is that the other side is full of raspberries and blackberries at the moment so kids are just happily foraging around not unsupervised ever, makes my blood run cold though

shovetheholly Fri 09-Sep-16 20:51:51

It's a good thing for children to learn that there are LOTS of deadly poisonous things all around them. And I do mean all around - even if you make your garden totally safe, they'll encounter them as soon as they step outside. Teaching them not to put stuff in their mouths without checking is a basic safety thing - parents have been doing it for centuries.

Just whack some gloves on and pull the plant up. In spite of the name, it's really not that scary unless you eat it.

SarahJinx Sat 10-Sep-16 10:02:05

I'd be amazed if either did pick a berry because they do know not to. They're very young though and I read that even squashing a berry in your fingers or rubbing a leaf could be harmful. The kids are never in the garden unsupervised because there is a massive pond so its more me panicking than anything and wondering how to eradicate it.

OhTheRoses Sat 10-Sep-16 10:06:58

I'd be more worried about the pond to be honest. I know a family whose toddler drowned in a few inches of water.

SarahJinx Sat 10-Sep-16 12:35:44

Yeah it terrifies me ohthe its around ten metres long and 8 feet deep. Its raised with a wall around it hence why the kids are never unsupervised there. Its going to be drained and filled, its brimming with goldfish - massive task.

PitchFork Sat 10-Sep-16 12:40:02

teach your dc 'no picking, no licking'
many many plants are poisonous. even some veg (tomato leaves, beans!).
but most plants are emetic, i.e. they make you sick.

OhTheRoses Sat 10-Sep-16 12:57:23

Can you get the fish removed and have a cover put on it until you can complete the project.

SarahJinx Sat 10-Sep-16 13:18:22

Possibly but the cover itself would be immense. The whole thing is a bit mind boggling, for instance, will we have to hire a company to pump.out the water and where will it go? Where will the goldfish go? The fillng in bit is easy

MotherFuckingChainsaw Sat 10-Sep-16 13:30:39

I don't think many people realise just how many common and garden plants are poisonous.

OhTheRoses Sat 10-Sep-16 17:22:50

If you are in Surrey, I'll pm you the contact details for my pond people.

Temporarily, fine chicken wire and masonry nails would probably sort it.

Our pond is half the size of yours. A thorough clean and relining with fish safeguarded, plants thinned, fountain replaced and filter installed was £1,150.

If we still had littlies, I'd have had it filled in.

OhTheRoses Sat 10-Sep-16 17:24:11

And yes mother. One of the cats ate some lily last year. £1,225.27 to sort him out at the vet !

SarahJinx Sat 10-Sep-16 17:37:29

Jeepers ohthe I have no idea about Lily being toxic. mother is right. We're Norfolk and I googled and found a few options for covers earlier but you're right about chicken wire doing it. The wall helps bit its just the right height that five year old boys like to climb on....

SarahJinx Sat 10-Sep-16 17:38:16

Not that he would, we've out the fear if god into them

OhTheRoses Sat 10-Sep-16 17:56:21

That same fear my ds forgot when he put the toy tractor on top of the you car so he could reach the top of the fence and fly like superman then shock.

I never knew how much blood was in a three year old but they glued his forehead back together and now he's 21 you can barely see the scar much

shovetheholly Tue 13-Sep-16 10:57:09

Check out mesh pond covers that let you keep the pond, coz it's a lovely feature in an amazing space (you have so much room!!) Some are very strong these days: there are pics of toddlers standing on some of them!

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