So, I made my first garden this summer, and did a sort-of sheet composting method except that I started it in the spring so I had to also lay down a little layer of topsoil to plant in since the layers hadn't had time to decompose yet. Well, I guess I should have done my research better...I added my dogs doo doo (he does eat an raw meat diet, so he's healthy!) and random bones and stuff from cooking to my compost layer. Now I'm reading that isn't advised? Oh dear! And I've been eating lettuce and radishes from my garden since late May! Am I going to die!?! (...kidding ) And all my other plants are doing well, too--I would hate for it all to go to waste! What should I do??? =( Thanks in advance! Can't believe I made such a newbie mistake....GRR
Bones are ok, dog doo, no. Don't grow any kind of root vegetable in the doo area for a year or two to avoid possible contamination from parasite eggs. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it much. It's possible you might have picked up worms from the dog poo radishes - if you're worried, see your physician.
Ohh, thank you for the reply! The only other root veggies I planted that are actually growing are a few beets. However, I'm not exactly where the dog poo compost went---probably all over =S So maybe I should just skip the beets... At least my cucumbers and squashes are flourishing!! Those should be OK, right? And the lettuce? I wonder what the chances are that I could have gotten worms from the radishes. What type of worms is it that you have to worry about with dog poo? Would there be symptoms?
Ugh, if you really want to know: Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and the protozoan Giardia. The only one with obvious symptoms is Giardia which causes chronic horrible diarrhea. The worms would probably have to be detected by examining a stool sample under the microscope in a lab. Many people have worms without knowing it. Some people even think some worms are healthy, as we evolved with them until modern times.