Well, our temporary kitchen/temple building is a cabin that has a screened-in extended porch all around. Despite the screen, it feels very outdoorsy, and all kinds or critters make it inside anyway. All around us there is tropical forest. At night some frogs and toads come in; some are already residents, and we let them wander, because they keep the bug population in check. The only thing is that in the morning we find their poop around. Now I also have this caterpillar chewing up two potted palms we have on either side of the altar. Every morning I find these tiny dark green pellets. At first I didn't know if it was a grasshopper or a caterpillar, but I started collecting the poop, thinking and wondering how good for plants it might be. I haven't started collecting the frog manure, but they only eat flies and baby roaches, so all protein, it must be full of nitrogen! I once saw a picture of one of you folks's beehive, how the vegetation in front of the multiple story hive was more lush than the two story hive, just from having more bees come out and poo there. Has anyone of you had similar experiences or anything to add? I'm planning on making my mini batch of potting soil, well, at least until the caterpillar grows up.
Writing from Madhuvan, a yoga retreat/organic farm on the West Coast of Costa Rica.
Actually, only that one hive is occupied at all. The extras and the numbers are just wishful thinking on the part of my other half, along the lines of 'build it and they will come'...
As I see it, all poop is welcome! I probably wouldn't go out of my way to collect caterpillar and frog poop daily, but when I did get around to sweeping the stuff up I'd certainly like to put it to the best use possible.