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    Posted: 24 Mar 2020 at 2:14pm
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This topic may appear to be outside of the main topic ie the corona virus but actually for myself it does have a connection.
Like a lot of others given the dire situation I am trying to plant as many vegs as possible.
Am about to harvest some mature rhubarb to have with dinner tonight
along with the last of our ice cream.
 
The question is :- If rhubarb leaves are p0isonous to humans is it safe to use them as one of the ingredients in the compost bin.
 
Would be rather ironic if lucky enough to survive the virus pandemic only to be poisoned by using compost containing rhubarb leaves to grow veges.
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Go for it Bazza, they are poisonous to us but not to plants.  Fine to put in compost.
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Originally posted by Kevin.S Kevin.S wrote:

Go for it Bazza, they are poisonous to us but not to plants.  Fine to put in compost.
 
Thanx Kevin & Mr Google agrees with you!
 
 
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Meant to put some veggies in too, but things moved a bit too quickly. Not to worry, will do it when I can
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They contain oxalic acid - which is toxic if ingested. They will break down in the compost and the oxalic most likely will too. But even so , highly unlikely to end up anywhere else. more likely to leach out - water soluble.
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Its perfectly fine... unless you get desperate and start eating the compost.
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I normally let the leaves dry out a bit before adding to the compost heap.
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the mad rush on buying veg plants is over the top,most new buyers have no idear the time it takes for the plants to mature.its not a 4 week thing
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HaHa all we have is 7 different types of chilies and capsicums,the young fella mad on chillies

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Originally posted by lingee lingee wrote:

the mad rush on buying veg plants is over the top,most new buyers have no idear the time it takes for the plants to mature.its not a 4 week thing
 
Yes agreed, particularly going into winter but there are several things that can be harvested after a few weeks such as Asian greens like bok chow & pak choy that leaves can be selectively picked then left to regenerated ... plus can be used raw in salads, stir fry or lightly boiled. 
 
Spinach also can be picked after a relatively short growing period altho need a multitude of plants as they cook away to almost a fraction of their bulk.
 
Have planted a fair number of broad bean seeds that are growing well but could be awhile to mature as I am told because the flowers are difficult for bees to enter they are reliant on bumble bees to pollinate & they do not come out of hibernation until spring. Apparently it is possible to pollinate using an artist brush ... no doubt a rather tedious task however most of us over the coming weeks will welcome anything that reduces boredom from having so much time on our hands.
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Originally posted by lingee lingee wrote:

the mad rush on buying veg plants is over the top,most new buyers have no idear the time it takes for the plants to mature.its not a 4 week thing

I reckon its more people thinking what they will do in the next month:  "I know, I'll do some gardening!"

Same principle i used to panic buy salmon (cold smoked yesterday) and 4 weeks worth of pinot noir, a quarter of it drunk last night and tonight....
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Mate of mine simmers rhubarb leaves in a pot, reduce to half, equals organic killing spray for bugs. Do it for next season
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Banana Boat is right. My old man used to put the rhubarb leaves in a old empty 44 gallon steel drum and topped up with water. Left it for quite a while ( do not remember for how long ) to rot / ferment. He swore on it as liquid fertilizer for newly planted vegetables as well as repellent . Don't remember him spraying them, always carefully around the roots with a watering can.
PS. The drum used to stay at the furthest corner of the garden and had a lid of course.
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DIY Fish hydroslate fertiliser recipe

Now is the time to clean out the old bait freezer and put it to good use growing vegggies - this quick to make and dynamite on veggies ... you can almost hear the cabbages creaking as they grow.

https://www.fishing.net.nz/forum/diy-fish-hydroslate-fertiliser-recipe_topic131548_post1766057.html?KW=#1766057
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