Vegetable Growing : Weeds, Pests and Diseases
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Dog Poop in the Veg Patch
I got a neighbour's grass clippings last year, which I used in the lasagna-layering in the veg patch. Working the soil this spring I noticed a strong odor of dog poop. When I commented about to him, he admitted that he doesn't clean up the yard after his 3 dogs, just mows it up with the grass. I am so upset. Dog poop is now integrated into my entire veg patch. I have already started to plant the garden. Can I eat the veg? What should I do?
VickyO, Churchill, Co Donegal Posted: 24/03/2017
Very off-putting indeed and there may be dog-disease issues.
It may be necessary to remove it, depending on how well decomposed the grass is now. A discernable smell is not good. Well rotted is best.
Disease organisms do not travel through the plant tissues but soil getting on vegetables might contaminate them.
Or skip a year, and sow the area with green manure to help decomposition.