Hi! I wasn't sure where to post this so i figure i would post it here but if this is not the right forum, please move per your discretion. I'm on zone 9-10 and i'm on my way to creating my food forest in my back yard. Currently, I have multiple fruittrees (and planing to get some more) and bamboo with woodmulch. i want to do an under story of chaya, winged yam, peanuts, sweet potato ground cover and mint. The sweet potato greens and mint would be for animal fodder (bunnies and future chickens) and the rest would be for eating. my concern is i have 2 small-med dogs. I'm going to start a bokashi poo disposal system but i worry i won't "catch it all". Should i consider my plan not viable for human consumption (or bunny for that matter)? I'm not worried about the fruit trees.
For me, that falls in the category of "close enough." I have one dog who for the most part is kept out of the garden but who will happily sneak in and drop a turd if I don't watch him like a hawk. That doesn't happen often, but there are also lots of cats in the neighborhood and I know they are doing their business in the garden sometimes. I do what I can to keep them away but the property sits so that a slingshot or a shot of water from the hose will hit the window of my neighbor, which is not optimal.
Plus there are rats, snakes, toads, birds, and who knows what else pooping in my garden. I try not to stress too much about it and I wash my produce well.
I guess it matters just how much poo you expect to "get away", I think we all have different standards for "doing the best we can."
Trace Oswald wrote:My method for dog poop (or coyote or whatever), is to dump a 5 gal bucket of wood chips on the pile and move on.
lol! i think that one of the side effects of being so far removed from growing our own food as a society is a diminished tolerance to the ick factor. And i'm trying very hard to overcome this bias. I have had chicken eggs and duck eggs that have not been the cleanest and i'm starting to learn more and more about beneficial insects like worms and bsfl. But i have been known to embarrass myself by asking how hunters and fishermen deal with worms or other such things in their prey. it really comes down to being afraid of what we don't understand. My (99% indoor) dogs are very healthy and see their vet as required, so im going to try to be as careful about it as i can but not going to worry too much about it. and wash, wash, wash the produce :)
Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
posted 2 weeks ago
One of the great joys of my life, is foraging in the garden or the wildlands and then immediately eating what I forage. It would be really sad to me if I were to develop a phobia to the natural world, and to natural processes.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:One of the great joys of my life, is foraging in the garden or the wildlands and then immediately eating what I forage. It would be really sad to me if I were to develop a phobia to the natural world, and to natural processes.
I'm the same. I knock any dirt on the about-to-be-food item off on my leg or wipe it off with my hand, and eat it. I don't wash anything.