Soil Amendments
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Hi, I mistakingly used worm leachate on my vegetables (not “worm tea” as I have now learnt), are the dangers significant? What

tasneem.essop0 added on January 22, 2019 | Answered

should I do now? Used the diluted worm leachate on my vegetables (tomatoes, spinach, beans, eggplant and some herbs). I have read that this could be potentially dangerous for the plants and consumption later. Looking for guidance on what to do now that I have already used it.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on January 23, 2019

If your bin has some anerobic parts, there is a chance the leachate contains phenols or alcohols which are harmful to plants. If it has no smell, you can dilute it and use it on house plants safely most of the time.

I would advise what most composter advise; do not use leachate on edibles.

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