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Composting toxic plants

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Chantal22-Jul-01 10:56 AM EST 5   
Susan22-Jul-01 07:20 PM EST 6a   
Joy17-Jun-03 12:09 PM EST 2b   
Simon19-Jun-03 02:34 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Composting toxic plants
From: Chantal
Zone: 5
Date: 22-Jul-01 10:56 AM EST

Is it okay to put rhubarb, tomato and foxglove leaves into the compost pile?

Subject: RE: Composting toxic plants
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 22-Jul-01 07:20 PM EST

I've never had a problem with rhubarb and tomatoes (I've never added foxglove because I've not had any until this year...) As long as you're not planning on eating the compost (:) and wear good gardening gloves when handling it, I don't see why it would be a problem.

Subject: Composting walnuts
From: Joy
Zone: 2b
Date: 17-Jun-03 12:09 PM EST

Is it OK to compost whole walnuts? Are they toxic in any way?These nuts have gone bad in the shell and I didn't want to throw them out .

Subject: RE: Composting toxic plants
From: Simon
Zone: 6a
Date: 19-Jun-03 02:34 PM EST

While it is OK to put plants that are toxic to humans into the compost pile, I wouldn't put in plants that are toxic to other plants. Walnuts contain Juglone which is why many plants have difficulty growing under walnut trees (especially black walnut)

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