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Smile leaf gathering time

The last two mornings were 16 and 18 degrees and all the fruitless mulberry trees are dropping their leaves at once. 45 degrees this morning. I have two people who do yardwork and will deliver, but the wife wants fewer leaves, says not enough nitrogen. Eventually I have to go to the stables for a load of used horse food to mix with the leaves to keep her happy. In any case Rutgers University has a fact sheet titled "Plant Nutrients in Municipal Leaves" fs824. Just avoid walnut leaves.
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Oh no! I recently scrounged some bags of leaves. People leave them out for pickup in huge paper bags so I helped myself. I looked in one and saw WALNUTS, but figured that I could pick those out when I came to use the leaves. I never even thought about the leaves containing juglone.

Thanks for the wake up call!

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Edited to add that I just looked it up, and juglone IS broken down by composting, so it's a relief that I can still use my big bags containing walnut leaves

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The entire walnut family of trees, including pecans, all produce jugalone, really kills the nightshade family.
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Yesterday (28th) I called the number for the feed store and stables I used to go to and got the changed or out of service message. Drove out anyway today. It is and has been a church for 2 or 3 years. There are a couple of stables closer anyway.
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The entire walnut family of trees, including pecans, all produce jugalone, really kills the nightshade family.
I did not know that. I put about 2 quarts of walnut husks (made dye with them) through the shredder about an hour ago as I finished some leaves. I will keep this in mind for next time.
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The poison in walnut breaks down fast in compost.
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In pecans too, I had to research because I have 13 pecan trees and a few oaks so it's mostly pecan trees leaves that make it to the garden.
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