What do you do with your best friends poo? For most owners there are two options, general rubbish or compost bin, and lets just say that neither are in line with us here at Practically Green. If you are putting your doggie doos in your compost bin please stop. We used to do this thinking that it was a great 'manure' as animal poo is animal poo however dogs leavings can have harmful bacteria that survive the compost bin and can make it on your veggies. Remember just because something is 'organic' does not necessarily mean that it is good for you (think about all of those organic poisons and toxins you get in Australia, other than the Australians themselves). A solution we have been testing out recently is a dog bioreactor or dog composter. This allows for you to easily dispose of the waste down a convenient hole out of sight and mind and for the organic matter to be washed away in the sub-surface where your trees will get the benefit of the good stuff and none of the bad stuff should get to the surface.
You can buy these online if you so choose but they are pretty simple to make with the following:
An old bucket, rubbish bin, drum or sturdy metal/plastic box - size dependant on amount of doo to dispose of, our first one might be a little small (we are sure the dogs have seen this as a challenge).
A piece of downpipe spouting (we lucked out with an old ceramic pipe that looks great, the treasures hubby finds under the house)
A drill and drillbits
A hole saw or hacksaw
A little sweat
How to do it:
1. Take your bucket and cut a hole in the bottom with your hole saw or hacksaw just a little bit smaller than your pipe.
2. Drill a lot of holes all around the rest of the bucket to let water in and poo out.
3. Dig a hole deep enough to completely cover your bucket plus at least 15cm to hold the access pipe in place.
4. Place the pre-drilled bucket into the hole with the open side down (you want the feces going straight down onto the dirt).
5. Position the pipe over the hole and fill in soil around it to cover the bucket and hold the pipe in place.
6. Start using it.
7. Occasionally encourage breakdown with sewage starter found in your local hardware store or a bit of grass (apparently it can help, we are testing it now).
If the hole fills up simple remove the pipe and start over with a bigger bucket - we will update you on suggested sizes once we let ours run its course.