Rhubarb Leaves

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    Melody Mc. In Flower

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    I understand that the leaves are toxic, but at the same time there are SO many of them. In the past I've laid them down around areas that I don't want things to grow ( paths in the garden) but they do get a little slippery. Eventually I end up picking them up anyhow and tossing them.

    I'm wondering what folks do with theirs? Can they be composted??
     
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    Hiya Melody, I just asked Zigs what he does as he grows loads of rhubarb. He says YES you can compost them, and they're only toxic for us to eat !
     
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    Compost
     
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    Always composted them too.
     
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    Melody Mc. In Flower

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    Thank you muchly . ( mulchly??) :D
     
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    The toxin in rhubarb leaves should break down in compost. I use them for mulch too.

    Rhubarb leaf toxic?
     
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    I put them in the compost bins, they make the compost rot down faster, also human urine.
     
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    Melody Mc. In Flower

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    Logan this made me laugh and I quickly googled it. Briliant! Peeing outdoors is a big thing here for those who can stand up to do it and avoid the many bugs that would enjoy a larger exposed meal. There are whoops of "Yeah!" echoing off of the mountains for the suggestion of a compost pile target. You've made history out here in the bush Logan hahaha Thank you.
     
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    It is common over here as well. It is helpful in the compost bin. Nitrogen and trace elements add to the compost’s composition and richness. Urine also helps speed up the composting process.
    It all may sound funny or even shocking, but I find it helpful.
     
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    Yup, used to be common in Norway too, and it's making a return as people want to use less chemical stuff in their gardens. Thinned out it's referred to as "goldwater". Guess that sounds better than diluted urine.
     
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    Welllll.....( about to share too much information) - our master bedroom is up a very steep flight of 16 stairs into the loft of the original log cabin of our home. There is one bathroom - downstairs. Hubby is very protective and wise....noone is navigating those stairs once or twice in the night for a duty call. So we already have a system....and the compost pile is PERFECT for this.

    I really am pleased :)
     
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    When we were growing up the toilet was downstairs but there was a bucket in each bedroom and it would be emptied in the morning.I watch this guy on YouTube what happens when you urinate on plants in your garden
     
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