Voting Booth: Do you compost your Black Walnut leaves?

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Results:
Heck no! What are you crazy? 2
 
Sure, They don't bother anything. 3
 
No, but I'd like to try it. 0
 
Absoluetely not, I separate them and compost all of my other leaves. 1
 
Nah, I don't compost. 2
 
Maybe, I don't know what's in my compost. I get it already composted. 0
 
What's compost? 0
 

juglone-admin
Jul 12, 2010 12:40 PM CST
What do you do with all of those leaves? Seems like they would make good food for your garden plants. Or maybe not. Tell us about your experience.
Imagezuzu
Aug 7, 2010 4:06 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
I don't compost because I only have half an acre of land and I've crammed five acres' worth of plants onto it, so I don't have a spare inch for a compost pile.

I don't bother raking up the leaves, however, so they do produce a form of compost wherever they land.
Imagestormyla
Aug 7, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
ZuZu Thanks, Last year was the first year that I didn't separate them from the leaves to be composted. I only have so much room for compost. The rest of my leaves get shreaded and reapplied as mulch in my shade beds. So far I haven't seen anymore plants withering than normal.

Your results also show that I've spent a lot of time raking and separating those leaves for nothing.
ImageRetSgt
Sep 29, 2010 1:42 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Walnut leaves can be composted because the juglone toxin breaks down when exposed to air, water and bacteria. The toxic effect can be degraded in two to four weeks. In the soil, breakdown may take up to two months after the living walnut tree has been removed. Mulch or woodchips from black walnut are not recommended for plants sensitive to juglone. However, composting the woodchips for a minimum of six months allows the chemical to break down to a safe level even for plants sensitive to juglone.


Sarge

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Imagestormyla
Sep 29, 2010 4:07 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Sarge. Yours are the exact same conclusions that I've drawn. Aren't the results of this poll humorous?
Imagestormyla
Oct 31, 2010 3:52 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I can not believe that I let an entire month go by without posting anything in this cubit. I'll try to do better next month!! Confused
Imagezuzu
Oct 31, 2010 4:17 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
I do that with a couple of my cubits too. Some of them are so highly specialized that we seem to say everything we have to say about the topic very quickly.
Imagestormyla
Nov 1, 2010 4:28 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
ZuZu, it is so weird, I keep getting search strings coming across in my MAM cubit looking for info on Black Walnut & Juglone, but haven't gotten a one in this cubit. Confused Confused Isn't that odd?
Imagezuzu
Nov 1, 2010 3:20 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Odder than odd. The whole search string feature leaves me puzzled sometimes. It's hard to understand how some searches would lead to some of my cubits, but I suppose I should just be grateful for the traffic.
Imagestormyla
Nov 2, 2010 7:36 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's my feeling too. I do think that it has something to do with the links to the cubit.
Imagestormyla
Jul 13, 2011 3:47 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well, Another season has come and my conclusion seems to bear the same results. Composting the Black Walnut leaves did no damage to my gardens at all. Thumbs up
Imagezuzu
Jul 13, 2011 3:53 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Hooray! Now separation is one task you can remove from your list.
Imagestormyla
Jul 13, 2011 3:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Hilarious! Thanks to you dear ZuZu!!! Big Grin Thumbs up
Imagezuzu
Jul 13, 2011 4:32 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Where's the "aw, shucks!" smiley?
Imagestormyla
Jul 13, 2011 4:36 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Hilarious! Somehow ZuZu,That expression just doesn't quite fit you!
ImageCeeDub
Jul 6, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Our city picks up garden waste and it goes into great big composting machines. I would be bent over forever if I tried separating them out from the rest of the leaves! Sometimes they end up in garden beds to protect perennials over the winter. That's likely why our garden beds in the back of the house are perennial killers. So, I've stopped putting "testers" in the ground and am developing a nice array of lilies and hosta.



Christine
ImageRetSgt
Aug 29, 2012 12:34 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Been composting BW leaves hulls and chips for years (I do have a extra pile for the hulls and (only) add them after a 3 year time period giving them time to leach out other than that I mulch and burn with the heat it creates in my pile about a 2 tone and it goes on the next season or two .

Sarge

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