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12/06/2012 at 12:58

Please forgive me if this is not the correct forum to ask these questions. I have many beautiful self seeded foxgloves in my garden and I would like to get rid of them now as the wind and rain has taken there toll and I don't want them all to set seed as I will be inundated with them even more so next year. I know that all parts of the plant are highly poisenous. So my questions are: can I put them on my compost heap, will this contaminate my compost? will the seeds survive and grow when I use the compost? many thanks. Mrs Panda


12/06/2012 at 13:12

They are only poisonous if you eat them-  they will not contaminate your compost- as for whether the seeds survive depends on how hot the heap gets-if you have any doubts why not put in the council green waste bin?- their composting system generates much more heat than in a garden environment.

12/06/2012 at 13:13

I put mine in the compost. I think the poisonous bit is if you eat them. You will possibly get one or two seedlings but nothing to worry about.

12/06/2012 at 13:13

Why don't you just let them set seed and then pull out the ones you don't want?. Re surviving and growing in the compost - yes, very likely. But, again, you can aleays pull out the ones you don't want

13/06/2012 at 13:19

just dont forget to wear gloves when your pulling them out lol

13/06/2012 at 20:46

Thanks for all your replys, I will remember to wear gloves when pulling them and I do have the option of my own compost heap or the council green waste bin. I don't mind weeding the few that grow next year that grow in the wrong place. Thanks again for all your advice. Mrs Panda

13/06/2012 at 22:13

why should you wear gloves when pulling them out? Surly just wash your hands when you come in doors?

13/06/2012 at 22:32

Yes SPS, that's fine. They're not that toxic unless you start chewing the leaves.

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