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This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Flower_Power 7 years, 4 months ago.

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  • #13738

    Anonymous

    I've been considering a worm bin to start converting my pet poo into castings. My question is… Can compost from the pet waste be used on the vegetable garden in addition to the flower beds?

    #13767

    DrBB
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    Not a good idea. The kinds of microorganisms in dog and cat poo include some bad ones that are not destroyed in a normal compost pile because the temperatures don't get hot enough for long enough. Stick with non-diseased vegetative waste and you'll be much, much safer.

    #13768

    Flower_Power
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    Daddy-O – I think it's generally understood that dogs and cats carry pathogens that can be transmitted to humans. With that said, composting pet waste with worms should generally be considered safe under the following conditions:

    1.) You use a separate bin for composting pet waste. (Do not put pet waste in your normal compost pile.)

    2.) The worm castings produced from your pet waste bin are used only in flower gardens. They should not be used in the vegetable garden.

    I have two dogs and have been using worms to compost their poo for a couple of years now. I love the way my bin works and I'm pretty sure it's healthier than having pet poo all over my yard!

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