Compost it on your own property! That’s right, it can easily be done.
Do you hate throwing your little baggies of dog poo into the garbage? I sure do. Just the thought of the years it takes to break down in the landfill gives me shivers. Obviously it can’t be put in with your veggie scraps in your composter.
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a green bin collection (where the city picks up meat scraps and animal waste for high heat composting) all you need are those compostable doggie bags when you’re out and about with the pups, that you simply drop into the bin.
If you’re not lucky to have a collection such as this, it’s pretty easy to look after dog poo, the natural way.
All you need is a dedicated area for it. Most of us suburban dwellers have a small area in the back yard or side yard that’s not really usable. Find a space about two feet by two feet.
You’re going to build, or rather, dig your dog poo compost bin here. (Unless your dog has already dug it for you!) Of course, the size will really depend on the size of your dog(s). I’m giving you proportions for two mid-sized dogs about 40 pounds each, for one year.
- Get a straight edged spade and dig your hole about three feet deep, 2 feet by 2 feet square. That’s your bin. (Note: if you hit your ground water table, this is NOT the correct location.)
- Fashion some sort of lid for it. I used an old piece of plywood that I tied a twine handle on the top to lift it by. Nice and easy. Depending on where it is, it doesn’t need to be pretty. I did allow tall grasses to naturalize around mine to disguise it.
- Now just start dumping your dog poo into it.
- Here’s the most important part of this composting. You need to purchase a 12-pack of RV (or marine) organic septic tank treatments. You can usually find these at any big box style store like Canadian Tire. It does fly off the shelves in the spring, however, so you can always head to an RV or Marine shop if it’s sold out. A product like this: http://www.nature-zyme.net/consumer-products.html Just be sure it’s organic and says it’s safe for children and animals.
- Each enzyme packet equals about a one week supply that you will sprinkle over your dog poo in your compost bin. In the hot summer months I apply every other week, actually. In the cooler temperatures of spring and fall, do it weekly without fail. (Admittedly, I must have forgotten some weeks as the 12-week supply lasted spring through fall, so it’s not that exact. Just try to be somewhat regular….)
And voila, your dog poo naturally becomes black earth the following spring.
The first time I did this I was afraid to lift that lid in the spring. Really. What I happily discovered was a completely filled in hole. Of fresh smelling dirt. Just move on over, dig a new hole beside it, and begin again.
I have never used this finished compost as fertilizer or as a vegetable garden amendment. I just leave it as is.
If you want to re-use this earth, I would suggest allowing it to naturally compost for one more year, and even then, never use it for anything you plan on growing to eat.