I’m wondering if it isn’t time to give up gardening. I have one 4 x 8 raised bed of asparagus. I have a 4 x 4 raised bed of strawberries. That leaves two 4 x 4 beds and two 4 x 8 beds. This year I planted peppers in the one of the 4 x 4 raised beds and oregano, squash and lemongrass in the other raised bed. The two 4 x 8 beds have tomatoes in one and okra in one.
I garden mainly for tomatoes and okra but both plants cause me to itch and break out in hives. I’ve been wearing a long sleeve shirt and even started wearing cotton gloves covered by latex gloves when working with those two plants but my sleeves go up when I raise my arms to cut the okra but early last week, I got what looked like burns on both arms and on my right hand where the okra had touched my arms and I’m not sure how I got it on my hands. It started out as the usual itching and hives but then developed into this and, like I said, it looks so much better now. The doctor said is similar to phytophotodermatitis. She said “we can get rid of this but you need to stop working around tomato and okra plants.”
In the grand scheme of things, I’m lucky to be as healthy as I am but okra and tomatoes? I need those things in my life! For now, Vince is cutting the okra and picking the tomatoes. I haven’t had any trouble with cutting up the okra or tomatoes once they’re off the plants but I’m wearing gloves just to be safe.
The picture is kinda gross and you can thank me for not showing it til it was much better but I think my days of growing okra and tomato may be over.
The blisters are starting to dry up on my right arm, not so much on the left arm and the one on my hand never got as bad as the ones on my arm.
It’s pretty sad when even my garden is trying to kill me!