Here is an example of some spring giant hog weed that’s growing in the ditches of a country road if you see it DO NOT TOUCH!
It contains a photo toxic sap that reacts with the uv rays of the sun and can cause phytophotodematitis.
After contact you will get an itchy rash in the area, then in just under 48 hours it will blister eventually leaving scars. The stem a green redish purple colour with hairs going up it. If the sap gets into your eyes it can cause blindness.
A young shoot note the hairy stem
This is a dead one I am 6ft 3 but they can grow up to 17ft tall and the white umbrella plant head can grow up to 31 inches wide.
Thanks for reading hopefully this will help you be vigilant for this plant for both yours and your pets sake.
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I needed to get out and test the skills a little, so what better way to do that, than to go with no food, no water, no container and with only my shovel for a tool. Everyone should challenge themselves every now and again, break that comfort zone. After all you can’t die of hunger in 3 days, thirst maybe.
Due to the snow being around 6inchs deep I decided it wasn’t worth the energy or the water expenditure to forage for food (been eating for 31 years what’s 3 days). If I was out there longer, I would have improved my water situation to point that I could keep myself hydrated to normal levels and get out and find food.
The shovel I took with me was the cold steel spetnaz shovel. I found it to be a beast of a tool, which hacked through 4inch ironwood logs in no time. I wouldn’t use it for splitting but it has a wide array of other uses other than digging and chopping.
Great tool for winter.
Survival isn’t exciting or pretty
I hope this was enjoyable for you I will be doing a full lessons learned video soon and updating this page. The link to amazon is below if you want to look at the shovel on there.
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