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Hyacynths and vegetables

Hello all,

I'm new to most things garden wise and am looking for help. I have managed to clear a bit of space and will use this for a vegetable plot this year.

There are however quite a few hyacinths that I have cleared around still present in the plot.  I know that the bulbs can be toxic when ingested and was wondering if there would be any issue with planting vegetables with them.

It would most likely be root veg plant in the area and I am more concerned about water through flow leeching  the oxcilic acid from the bulbs onto the root veg.

Should I re position the hyacinths?

I'm probably thinking too much!!




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,985

    Hi Space Veggie and welcome image

    The hyacinths won't affect your veg at all and the veg will be quite safe to eat - however what I'd do is as soon as the hyacinths blooms start to go over is I'd dig them up with as much soil as possible and replant them where they can remain.

    Alternatively if you've not got somewhere permanent ready for them yet, you could put them in containers, feed them and look after them until the leaves die down then you can dry the bulbs off until the autumn when you can plant them in their permanent position image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,360

    as long as you don't get them muddled with the onions you'll be OKimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • JerryBoneJerryBone Posts: 91

    I think It should be absolutely fine as its very unlikely that you could mistake a hyacinth bulb with a potato, however I would just definitely be sure to wash all veg thoroughly as hyacinth bulbs aren't only toxic to ingest but they are an irritant for your skin, so just take care and It'll be absolutely fine!

  • Excellent stuff. Thank you all, much appreciated. I would be very cross with myself if I mistook an onion or potato for a hyacinth bulb!.

    Having said that, the amount of children I deal with that do not know what an onion is is actually quite scary!!

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    yes, you have to know your onions, heheimage

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