Thursday, May 1, 2008
My daughter is back from college for a while. One of her jobs when she is home is to scoop the prodigious amounts of poo that our mutt Kayla produces. This morning she asked me why we don’t compost it. We compost almost everything else organic. I told her about the pathogens carried by doggie doo and how we don’t want to transmit them to our food. Which is all true, but it got me thinking. There is nothing wrong with composting it as long as I keep it out of the veggie garden. Our backyard is natural forest and could be well fed by my dog’s output. I could even do something as simple as trench composting. But instead I’ve decided to do the traditional way of such composting. This is to dig a hole, somewhere between 18” and 3”. Then add your dog’s gift, maybe throw a few leaves over it and cover it with a lid. Every week or so, throw in some water. I’m assuming the lid keeps the smell down. Also to start it off it is best to add some septic tank starter. There is a wonderful little YouTube video that describes one way of doing it. My way is not nearly as elaborate. It is just a hole in the ground about 18” deep. If it fills up, I’ll cover it up and fertilize a different section of trees.