Is Digitalis debris safe to add to a compost pile?
Greetings Gardening Safety Experts ;) I love having Foxglove around my place - kinda helps me 'transport' myself out of the city! Will any amount of the deadly poison Digitalis (leaves, flowers, seeds, stems) in a compost pile create Poison compost? I use the compost in food gardens. Composting may not be "complete" when I use it and my method is a "cool" pile, as I'm not strong enough to turn it. Does it poison the ground around its roots too? Should I make sure no living Foxglove plants around food gardens? There are no kids around, so no possibility of accidents that way. Almost lost a dog to what must've been an accidental bite of a Foxglove leaf when he was 'stealing' a strawberry! )); He lived, but became very fragile, and was never quite the same )); Thank you for keeping us safe!
Lane County Oregon
- Digitalis causes cardiac nerves to fire in a non-usual way. Plants don't have nerves.
- Most plant poisons (herbicides) block the action of an enzyme and so cause plant debilitation or death.
- There is no reason to believe that foxglove deposits digitalis into the soil surrounding the roots.
- You're not going to render garden vegetables poisonous to mammals by allowing foxglove to grow near them, nor by applying composting containing foxglove tissues around them.