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Take the temperature of most northern gardeners right now and you’ll find a fever! Some reduce their temperature by going to an exotic location with higher temps, while others start cleaning out their closets. There’s a contrast! Still others head outdoors for doggie duty. We can’t do a whole lot about discolored grass just yet. I’ll have more on that in a few weeks.
A question I’ve had before from a listener is whether dog poop is compostable. Well, yes, you can compost dog poop. Should you compost it with your food and leaf material to use it on your veggie garden – absolutely not.
The environmentally sound method is to get an old plastic garbage pail, drill holes in the sides and cut out the bottom. Then find an area with well draining soil away from your vegetable garden and preferably out of sight. Dig a hole deep enough to sink the garbage can and dump fido’s odd jobs in it.
Add a product called Septonic once or twice a month. It’s an enzyme-active biological compound that helps breakdown the dog doo.
There are some who feel it’s perfectly fine to spread composted dog poop on their perennial beds and shrubs and trees. Personally, I don’t.
Cat poop must be disposed.