Re: [gardeners] Still no frost!

George Shirley (
Mon, 04 Nov 2002 10:42:03 -0600

Yeah, my Mom had Dad dig hers up and get rid of them when the first
grandchild came along. Strange thing is she had them when I was a
toddler too. Hmmm!

I still remember when Ma Shirley, my Dad's Mom, used to dose all of us
kids in the spring with some castor oil and then a week later with cod
liver oil. Don't know which tasted worse as both were nasty and did
about the same job on my intestinal tract. Never did know why the old
people did that. She dosed the adults too if they would hold still long


Margaret Lauterbach wrote:
> At 07:12 AM 11/4/02 -0600, you wrote:
> >The plant is also the source of the castor oil of childhood fame. The
> >poisonous part of the seed is in the shell, which is discarded and the
> >oil is best cold pressed. Used in many different ways besides skin
> >lotions, plastics, etc. IIRC the rest of the plant is poisonous too. A
> >short google search will turn up more info on the plant than you can
> >read in a day.
> >
> >George
> Some Asian people eat the leaves, but that doesn't mean the plant is safe
> to eat. They may have inured themselves to the toxic substances.  The beans
> look like fancy scarab beetles, and I can see why toddlers would be tempted
> to put them in their mouths.  Margaret L