This month's notes: March 2014: Spring is just around the corner. Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Organic farms are identified in green! See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!
How to Recognize Poison Ivy
|If you want to avoid getting a bad case of poison
ivy, it helps to see it! The photo below is filled
If you do touch it (or touch a dog that has just been rolling in it) wash all exposed skin as soon as possible (within an hour) with strong soap (like laundry detergent, thoroughly). It is an allergen, so removing it quickly is key.
There are blocking creams you can put on, before you go into the woods. Larger drugs stores sell them.
|Note 90% of the plants in this photo are poison ivy, there are a few small maple trees, like in the top left corner and towards the top right. I assume you can figure out the obvious differences.|
What to do if you get poison ivy
If you get some of the poison ivy plant oil on you and don't realize it and wash it off, you may get a rash. You may not; remember, it is an allergen, and some people just aren't allergic to it. If you start to itch and see red bumps, like small bug bits, but raised and hard, and many of them clustered together, that is probably it.
First wash the affected area with a strong drying soap to remove as much of the remaining plant oil as possible. Then apply a drying cream, like Calamine lotion. You may also want to use an anti-itch cream, like Lanacaine. And above all, do NOT scratch it! That spreads any remaining oil, and if you create a cut, may open your skin to an infection.
The contents of the pustules do not spread poison ivy, though.
And if you haven't had it before call your doctor just to be sure you haven't misdiagnosed yourself!
Fruit and Vegetable Picking Tips
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Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes
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