Cat poo

Nancy 3Nancy 3 Posts: 9
Hi, i am at my wits end with poo in the garden, i am an organic gardener and dont use weedkillers or slug pellets etc, and always remove the poo with a poop scoop.  However, i am in the middle of moving strawberries from a raised bed and have as im sifting and mixing up the soil im finding lighter coloured clumps and i dont know if its poo from being buried over winter or just the soil clumping, i want to grow veg in the bed but dont know what to do with the soil now, is it safe? Is it poo? Should i replace it? Please help!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 49,255
    "Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money."  Anon

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 18,408
    yet another £1 for me. 
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 2,797
    edited 14 May
    If it's been there all winter then it's probably OK but I'd get out as much as you sensibly can. Wash your hands and your veg carefully and use a water scarecrow or the like if you can to keep the cats off your raised beds in future.

    If you can afford it, and if there's space in the raised beds, you could put a thick (4 inches at least) layer of fresh compost down on the surface, as you would if you were following a 'no dig' method for growing veg. That will encourage the natural processes which break down all the poo and other stuff in the soil and make it safe more quickly while also giving you a 'clean' surface layer.

    I'd grow leafy veg or peas and beans - tall stuff in other words so that the edible parts won't be in contact with the soil much - in that bed and your salads and root veg somewhere else this year (most of those grow well in pots).
    Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to
    Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Nancy 3Nancy 3 Posts: 9
    Thank you everyone. 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,419
    Hostafan1 said:
    yet another £1 for me. 
    And 1 euro for me!
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Petula WPetula W suffolkPosts: 14
    you lot are so sad, its only a garden.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 4,508
    Thanks for that.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 18,408
    Petula W said:
    you lot are so sad, its only a garden.
    And thank you for your sparkling wit.
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,348
    Petula - what a rude and stupid remark to make - the OP is growing veg - stuff you eat!!  
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,238
    Took two years to come up with that!  :D
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