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Growing Amaranth, also Love-lies-bleeding

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28 Mar 12 wotan (Australia - temperate climate)
I saved aAmaranth seed by shaking, sifting, and and blowing the chaff of th seeds. Now I have insect bites under my shirt and sleeve areas that develop after 24 hours and itch for a 1 week and produce mite like blisters. This happened both times I have done this. Any ideas what insect it might be?? Thanks!
19 Aug 12 Nikki (Australia - temperate climate)
Probably not insects. I get a rash when harvesting dried plant material, eg jerusalem artichokes. Make sure you cover up and maybe put a cream on before you start and shower afterwards.
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