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Old 05-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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I built a compost pile 2 years ago mainly for grass clippings, spent grain and spent hops. I used some of the compost for the first time this year on my 2nd year hop plants and they are growing very fast. 20+ feet tall and some flowers are showing already.
I've read that dog poop shouldn't go into a compost pile that will fertilize a food garden...does this include hops? Should I make a separate disposal area for dog waste even though we don't have a food garden?


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Old 05-27-2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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No dog poop in compost unless he is strictly vegetarian. meaning no animal fats used in the processing of whatever dry kibble you give him/her. If you feed the dog any animal based food products his poop belongs elsewhere.


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Old 05-27-2010, 06:10 PM   #3
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I'm no expert, but I believe that this line from that link:

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Do not put it in a food garden, pet feces contain some harmful pathogens and should not be handled, especially by pregnant women.
Is specifically referring to something that CATS (not dogs) have in their feces. Toxoplasmosis (http://www.2ndchance.info/toxoplasmosis.htm).

Every time my wife got pregnant, the doctors cautopned us about it and asked if we had any cats. Never once did they ask about or mention dogs at all.

edit (after reading my own linked article): it's only cats that can carry the parasite to full maturity, which leaves live nasties in their poop.
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I'm no expert, but I believe that this line from that link:

Is specifically referring to something that CATS (not dogs) have in their feces. Toxoplasmosis (http://www.2ndchance.info/toxoplasmosis.htm).

Every time my wife got pregnant, the doctors cautopned us about it and asked if we had any cats. Never once did they ask about or mention dogs at all.

edit (after reading my own linked article): it's only cats that can carry the parasite to full maturity, which leaves live nasties in their poop.
Jep. We have two cats. Apparently, the parasite can attack the feotus.
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After reading this thread, I threw up in my mouth a little!
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After reading this thread, I threw up in my mouth a little!
Suck it up ya pansy!

Better not eat your veggies then. Most farmers have a contract source for manure. Black gold for plants.
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. . . . . . . Most farmers have a contract source for manure. Black gold for plants.
I feed the cows through the winter on the garden plot, this gives me plenty of organic matter/fertilizer for summer gardening. There are weeds though.
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Suck it up ya pansy!

Better not eat your veggies then. Most farmers have a contract source for manure. Black gold for plants.
Oh, I understand that. I grew up on a small farm in Washington. I'm all for knowing where your food comes from and what that entails. What do you mean my steak comes from dead cows?!?!? I thought it came from plastic wrapped foam trays down at Kroger's! Steer manure I've got no problem with, but I gotta draw the line at dog sh*t!!
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Another problem with dog scat, it can attract scavengers that will dig up your hops. Most hop roots are close to the surface.

That said, you should see how green the grass is in Boss' favorite dumping ground.
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Dog poop doesn't go in the compost bin or on the plants in the garden. It's not really a health issue as all poop contains bad bacteria. There's just too much fat that just tends to screw up the natural order of rotting plants. Only vegetarian poop, please!


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