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Old 11-12-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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The what do you do with poop thread inspired me to start this thread.

I'd like everyone's opinions on dog poop and vegetable gardens.

I've never planted a vegetable garden because I'm concerned about contamination.

I've considered having the soil tested in the higher ground and building raised beds.

However, I'm nervous and unsure if that would be safe enough.

Does anyone here have vegetable gardens?

How did you ensure the safety of the food with the dogs pooping in the yard?

I'm open to all suggestions because I've always wanted a vegetable garden!
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I don't have a garden so I'm of no help, but Artie's a little peeved that you're stealing his poop thread thunder.

Just kidding, of course. I hope you get some answers.
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Old 11-12-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I've had vegetable gardens and my dog has never pooped in it. I can't say I did anything special. He just was not interested in pooping there.

Regardless of the doggie poop, you should thoroughly wash veggies from your garden before eating. There may be other bugs and critters that like to hang out in the garden.
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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Is your garden uphill from where they poop? That might be why you never had a problem.

I'm not worried about them pooping in the garden. I'm worried about bacteria getting into the soil from runoff water.

That's how vegetables get contaminated---like the green onions at the Chi Chi's restaurant chain.

There was contamination from a nearby pasture that wasn't anywhere near where the vegetables were grown.

Washing doesn't protect us from e-coli and hepatitis in vegetables---only cooking, just like meat.

And I don't want to cook vegetables I grow. I like salads!
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:50 PM
 
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I don't have a garden so I'm of no help, but Artie's a little peeved that you're stealing his poop thread thunder.
Ha! Ha!

Hey, didn't the 'what do you do with poop" thread steel thunder?

That's the thread that inspired me to ask about gardening---thinking of all that poop in yards!

But I'll admit that Artie's poop thread did inspire my thread title!
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:56 PM
 
Location: oregon
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If your concerned about contamination and dog pee and dog poop all those other not so nice things..Look up Square Foot Gardening, it is a form of container gardening and would solve you problem..My dog, might pee on a plant or two but he never poops even in the flower beds...I would think cats are a bigger issue than dogs..
thats my two cents worth.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Poop is a great fertilizer! (horse and cow anyway) And besides, vegetables grown in your own garden, pooped on or not, are still better than those at the supermarket. They're doused with pesticides, chemicals, and who knows what else, then sit on the truck for days before getting to your store, at which time they are probably 2 weeks old. You can wash off poop, but the vegetables absorb all those pesticides the corporations use. I say embrace the poop and plant your garden!
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:44 PM
 
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Off the top of my head I would say that dog feces in the vicinity of a hobby garden probably isn't a huge problem. Whether or not there is dog poo between a downspout and a garden box probably has a negligible effect on the potency of the bacterial cocktail that travels with the runoff. Any old bucket full of dirt from your yard is absolutely teeming with bacteria, protozoa, amoeba, viruses and any number of bugs. If you have compost in the garden boxes, you have elected to bury your veggies in an extremely dense flora without any help from the dogs.

Anecdotal, perhaps, but I've never heard of anyone getting sick from vegetables grown in a garden that shares a yard with dogs, cats or any other domestic creature. I wouldn't worry too much about it; picking up after the dog and adequately washing the produce is certain to be adequate protection.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Ha! Ha!

Hey, didn't the 'what do you do with poop" thread steel thunder?

That's the thread that inspired me to ask about gardening---thinking of all that poop in yards!

But I'll admit that Artie's poop thread did inspire my thread title!
LOL!!!!!

Yeah, you're right -- that other thread did too. Artie didn't notice it, though... he was too busy chasing squirrels in the backyard at the time.

Have a great weekend.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:57 AM
 
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Poop is a great fertilizer! (horse and cow anyway) And besides, vegetables grown in your own garden, pooped on or not, are still better than those at the supermarket. They're doused with pesticides, chemicals, and who knows what else, then sit on the truck for days before getting to your store, at which time they are probably 2 weeks old. You can wash off poop, but the vegetables absorb all those pesticides the corporations use. I say embrace the poop and plant your garden!
Only certain poop is great fertilizer. Other kinds of poop are down right dangerous--like dog poop. As I said, simply washing isn't safe.
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