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Moving Aconitum

rosie8032rosie8032 Posts: 5
hello.

I have a section in my garden I'm changing to grow veggies, the bed has got 2 Aconitums in it and they are very poisonous. I was wondering if the soil would need to be changed where they were growing. I don't really fancy extra poisonous spuds :smile:

Thanks everyone

Rosie.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    The poisonous stuff doesn't leak out of the plant
  • rosie8032rosie8032 Posts: 5
    Ok, I just wondered if it leached out through the rootrs, Thanks Nutcutlet :)
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,248
    Will you try to keep the aconitum, they are wonderful for the bees, this one had a bee in almost every flower.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • rosie8032rosie8032 Posts: 5
    Hi Lyn, yes I want to keep the Aconitum, there are 2 large clumps in the bed I want to redo. I love the colour of yours, the one's that need moved are Carmichaelii, I also have Aconitum Henryii.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 7,069
    Make sure you wear gloves and have long sleeves on whilst digging up the aconitum. I understand it's the roots that are most poisonous.
  • rosie8032rosie8032 Posts: 5
    Lizzie27, I must have looked silly, I had rubber gloves upto my elbows, my sleeves tucked in and gardening gloves over the top of that :D
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    and a breathing mask and full protective oversuit I hope :) 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,248
    edited May 2019
    I’ve just potted on my babies, no gloves! 
    Edited to ad.... I wouldn’t lick my fingers just in case. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    Lyn said:
    I’ve just potted on my babies, no gloves! 
    Edited to ad.... I wouldn’t lick my fingers just in case. 
    I think that's enough of a precaution, Lyn. All else is tabloid induced fear. 
  • rosie8032rosie8032 Posts: 5
    I did think about a full haz-mat suit but it's at the dry cleaners :D
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