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Re: Pet Waste and Composting / Manure Tea

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Pet Waste and Composting / Manure Tea
  • From: Alliums <garlicgrower@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 14:36:21 -0500

Hi, Folks!

Dog poop also carries heartworm and other doggie pathogens that can infect 
other folks' dogs.  This is another reason why composting a dog's poop is 
not a good idea and why "pooper scooper" laws are so popular in towns.

I have seen a septic system sold for breaking down dog wastes -- these are 
often marketed to people with very large dogs, lots of dogs and also lots 
of land.  Check out pet supply catalogues marketed to dog breeders.  I 
don't think it costs very much and if you have a major digging party, can 
probably set it up in the vacant lot deep enough to get rid of everything.

"Composting" carnivore waste only spreads pathogens.  Get "The Humanure 
Handbook" if you are really set on doing such a thing -- it's the only 
reliable source for carnivore waste processing -- it takes space (both 
vertical and horizontal), time and a *very* accurate thermometer (no cold 
composting here!)

Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA  19460



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