It is time for this weeks reader question. If you have a question you would like me to answer then contact me.
This weeks question is what carnivores manure should you avoid in your garden/compost.
The short answer is avoid ALL carnivore manure in your garden (including dog and cat).
The long answer is that carnivores have normal flora (bacteria and microbes) in their gut that can make you sick. To complicate matters even more, they love the temperatures that a normal compost pile is at so they will flourish and multiply to a level that is even more likely to make you sick. E. coli outbreaks are often traced to domestic carnivore manure (and factory farms). Also, Toxoplasmosis gandii (a parasite) can be transferred from cats.
The safest thing to do is to just avoid it completely. If you do want to compost it then compost it in a separate area (humanure toilets only compost human waste along with straw). This way you are not contaminating your entire compost pile and you are more likely to avoid temperature pockets that are not hot enough. You will also need to be absolutely sure that your compost pile reaches a bacteria killing temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a compost thermometer to do this (click here to see examples of compost thermometers). The ones with 20″ stems are best. A final precaution is to only use the carnivore manure on plants that are not going to be providing food.
Never apply it straight to your garden.
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