This is is what I got before I even stepped foot inside the garden . . . I got all this stuff from outside of the fence.
This is what I ended up with once inside the fence . . . I nearly filled a five-gallon bucket. And, that bucket was heavy!
OMG! I'm all itchified just thinking about it!
A little research tells me that a lot of garden plants have little barbs or spines on the leaves . . . tomatoes, squash, beans . . . the break off and embed themselves in your skin
if you come in contact with them. This, of course, irritates your skin. Contact dermatitis . . . that's all it is.
Yes, I could prevent the itch by wearing long sleeves, gloves and whatnot. But that's not likely to happen. First off, I pretty much roll out of bed at 0'dark:30 and head over to the garden to do what needs to be done before I have to get ready to work. Which means I'm usually wearing a tank top, short sweats and flipflops . . . lots of exposed skin. Secondly, it's summer time . . . it's hot, humid and sticky . . . even at 5:00 in the morning. I'll deal with the itch if it's as curable as a shower when I get home . . . heck, I've got to do that any way.
I know they are just trying to defend themselves but do you know what? Those stupid plants can assault my skin all they want. I'm still taking their beans! Their yummy, yummy beans.