I cut a dozen rhubarb stalks from my yard the other day, and
proceeded to put the leaves in the compost pile. I know the leaves are
posionous, but does anybody know if they will break down okay? I
really didn't think about it at the time- duh!!
They will break down just fine. The poison is not very dangerous and it is
not very persistent. It is oxalate an organic compound which will go into
the mix and come out as something else and/or at least be greatly diluted.
:-)) Compost bins are never worth losing sleep over. I've been screwing up
compost making for decades and I've decided that I actually like all the
voluteer plants that grow from the 'finished' compost. Mind you if you
don't like tomato plants in your flower beds, you do have to have separate
compost heaps - one for ornamentals and one for the veg.
Forgiver the cut and past, but his is the answer you were looking for.
Are rhubarb leaves safe to put into the compost pile?
While the rhubarb leaves do contain poisonous materials, they can be
used in the compost pile. Oxalic acid and soluble oxalates are not
readily absorbed by the roots of plants. Compost containing decomposed
rhubarb leaves can be safely worked into the soil of vegetable gardens.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
Turn that pile! Its not a chore, think of it as good exercise. After
turning a cubic yard of compost my arms and legs are pumped! Turn that
pile and use all of those muscles. Its like doing several specific
weight lifting routines all wrapped up in one motion.
LOL, I am not getting older :) I need to get a will that states. I want
to be cremated and my ashes put in to the flower garden.
When someone ask "Where is Dan?" They can say "Dan is pushing daisies" :)
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