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BriBri Posts: 13

I'm about to pull some Rubarb to make a delicious crumble.image I useually just compost the leaves. Has anyone used them to make a pest spray by soaking in water and is it OK?


  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Yes, the leaves make a very handy spray against various pests, but you have to be careful. A friend of mine swears by it, spraying it on everything, including vegies. He remains perfectly healthy. Another friend won't use it on vegies because of the oxalic acid content.

    Chop up the leaves, simmer in water for about half an hour, strain, add some liquid soap, and that's it. Make sure you label the container.

  • BriBri Posts: 13

    Italophil.e, thank's for that, crumble's in the oven, leaves waiting to be simmeredimage

  • Is it OK to compost rubarb leaves?  Heard somewhere not to (old wives tale perhaps?)

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Yes, you can compost them safely. The oxalic acid breaks down in the decomposition process.

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