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PipKelpy

  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with docile cattle and sheep!
Rain water, is it safe for me?
« on: June 18, 2022, 03:39:02 pm »
Yew trees!

I have a whopper on the garden. We have knocked down an old shed and put a solid replacement in its place. (It's been a very HOT busy week! It's had 3 coats of Cuprinol, want to give it a couple more, damn, it's raining today will have to rest!)

Where it sits, there are overhanging trees above it On the garden, Yew, Ash and Conker. We want to put guttering on it to help preserve it BUT I have been thinking (never wise):

If all parts of the Yew tree are toxic, does that make the water toxic if some needles get into the guttering, into the waterbutt, into my watering can, onto my veggies and into me?
Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2022, 05:41:56 pm »
Certainly the berries will be very toxic if they sit and rot in the water, leaves too.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

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Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2022, 05:55:04 pm »
The berries are actually edible but the seeds are toxic.

I recon itíll be ok to water your veg beds but this is based on nothing but assumption.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2022, 06:38:42 pm »
I have always believed that Yew berries are toxic  :thinking:
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2022, 07:49:59 am »
I have always believed that Yew berries are toxic  :thinking:
A very knowledgeable friend of mine (expert in foraging fungi) said he eats them but donít eat or damage the seeds, just spit them out.
https://www.wildfooduk.com/edible-wild-plants/yew-tree/

Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2022, 08:44:30 am »
I have always believed that Yew berries are toxic  :thinking:
A very knowledgeable friend of mine (expert in foraging fungi) said he eats them but donít eat or damage the seeds, just spit them out.
https://www.wildfooduk.com/edible-wild-plants/yew-tree/

Blackbirds in particular love yew berries. They swallow them whole, the fruit part is digested and the seeds expelled the other end.  No harm to the bird whatsoever.

PipKelpy

  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with docile cattle and sheep!
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2022, 01:03:40 pm »

Blackbirds in particular love yew berries. They swallow them whole, the fruit part is digested and the seeds expelled the other end.  No harm to the bird whatsoever.
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They eat worms too, would you?  :excited:
Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Rain water, is it safe for me?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2022, 01:12:32 pm »
I have always believed that Yew berries are toxic  :thinking:
A very knowledgeable friend of mine (expert in foraging fungi) said he eats them but donít eat or damage the seeds, just spit them out.
https://www.wildfooduk.com/edible-wild-plants/yew-tree/

I think I'll stick to raspberries just now  :roflanim:
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

 

Use organic vegetables and safe form several diseases

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