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#1 of 4 Old 06-08-2002, 04:02 AM - Thread Starter
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I have recently moved to a new house and have 2 questions concerning my garden. Firstly I have a huge, whopping great carob tree in the front garden that has shedded pods. Does anyone know how I extract the carob from the pods?

Also, I have a oleander tree with pink flowers, which I believe is poisonous? Any idea what I can do with it, or how dangerous it is?

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#2 of 4 Old 06-08-2002, 05:26 PM
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oleander is very poisonous -esp. flowers if you eat it. keep away from babies and tell your kids not to play with it. you can call poison control if you want more info.
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I grew up in a neighborhood that was surrounded w/ oleanders. They were really beautiful and us kids were told early that they were poisonous. I can't remember there ever being a problem with them, for what it's worth. We were always told that it was the entire plant that was toxic.
A lot of plants are toxic, so it's always wise to keep an eye on young kids outside. But then, that's something I do anyway, so am not really worried. I think it's just a good idea to know which ones in particular to watch out for.

(we also had a carob tree, but sorry - never harvested! we had the wrong sex of tree. Our neighbors had the other sex and it was the stinkiest tree you've ever had to walk under so they didn't harvest either!)
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Oleander is very poisonous. My grandfather once was pruning his oleander and one of the leaves poked him in the eye. I know he had to be seen by a doctor for it due to the toxicity of the plant.
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