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Rhubarb – So You Can Use The Leaves

Against waste: use rhubarb leaves

Rhubarb is a popular vegetable that can be harvested between April and June. The stems can be eaten raw or processed in many ways. The leaves, on the other hand, are not edible due to their high oxalic content. However, they are excellent for use in the garden:

  1. The rhubarb leaves are an effective plant fertilizer. Mixed with hot water, they help against potassium deficiency and support the leaf shoots of other plants.
  2. Rhubarb leaves can also help against black aphids. Simply pluck the leaves and let them soak in 1 liter of water for 24 hours. Then bring to a boil and strain through a sieve with a cloth. Now use the broth, which you fill in a spray bottle, as a spray against the lice for at least 3 days.
  3. Another helpful use is to use rhubarb leaves against late blight. The spray is made from strips of the leaves and 1 liter of boiling water. This needs to be blended and stirred thoroughly. Then it has to steep for 24 hours and then poured off with a sieve. The natural spray is ready!
  4. In addition, rhubarb leaves are good for catching slugs. Simply lay out the large leaves of the rhubarb in the garden. Since these are very popular hiding places for snails, you simply have to wait a few hours for them to hide in the leaves.
  5. You can also make a slurry out of rhubarb leaves to keep the slugs away after catching them. To do this, mix rainwater with small plucked leaves, stir and wait about two weeks until the liquid manure has fermented. Then mix it with water and water your garden with it.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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