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Okay to Compost Hemlock?

Posted by ChickenCoupe 7a ( on
Mon, Apr 28, 14 at 15:04

I have all this stuff growing in the yard. I'm the one trying to compost bermuda. These weeds all could be Wild carrot, Chervil and some might be Hemlock. I even found found cow parsnip and have a ton of bindweed (which I allow to dry out, first). It all needs to go. But I wonder if it's a bad idea to compost hemlock?

My compost will not always be hot. I'm having difficulty maintaining a constant environment. However, I do intended to compost it fully even if it's a couple years down the road. I can say my past composting efforts turned into great soil. I'm assuming it's okay. Just want to be sure.


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RE: Okay to Compost Hemlock?

I can't think of any reason not to compost Hemlock. What have you heard about it? If you're thinking it's toxic to humans, just don't eat the plants or the compost. That may sound flippant, but it's true.

If there's something I'm missing here hopefully someone will chime in.

This post was edited by toxcrusadr on Wed, Apr 30, 14 at 14:53

RE: Okay to Compost Hemlock?

Thanks, Tox. I would consider it OK for being thoroughly composted, but I also was the same one considering eating the crap before I knew what it was. Ooooh, lookie! Looks like wild carrots! And I thought the cow parsnip was So pretty! Sometimes, I just want to throw myself into a river.

RE: Okay to Compost Hemlock?

I heard pokeweed was delicious and showed a plant biologist friend a whole bag of leaves I had collected. Her jaw dropped and she told me you have to eat the young shoots when they're just sprouting out of the ground, but if I ate those mature leaves, I'd have diarrhea I wouldn't forget for a long time. :-o

Just don't eat the shrooms, them thangs'll kill ya.

RE: Okay to Compost Hemlock?

  • Posted by raee zone 5 OH (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 29, 14 at 12:09

I had hemlock sprout up, and read that the toxins do persist long enough that it shouldn't be composted. That was several years ago and so I do not remember where I read it -- might have been a state or university website.

RE: Okay to Compost Hemlock?

tox, funny how it doesn't bother locals? Just never know....

raee- thanks! I need to start a segregated pile asap for such things that bring me doubt.

RE: Okay to Compost Hemlock?

I think of pokeweed as the blowfish of the vegetable world.
Pick it young, boil it and dump the water several times. Stay away from the roots. If you don't do it right, it can kill you.

We eat shrooms all the time in WVA. Just need to go with someone who knows their stuff. (I began to study it one year, but decided to just keep growing things instead.)

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