Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dogs in Compost, Again!

I don't get it! My dogs love to get into the compost pile. I don't usually put anything in my compost that they would eat. Apparently, putrid smells make the veggies and coffee grounds much more appetizing. I blocked the dogs from jumping in the pile by stapling construction netting over a coldframe lid, placing the netting lid over the piles, and placing an iron chair on top of the lid to keep the dogs from being able to get enough leverage to break through the netting. Well, they managed push the lid to the side and crawl down into the bins. They must have put forth a lot of effort. I supposed that I will have to attach the frame to the fence as soon as the weather warms up a bit.


  1. My dogs, the pickiest eaters around, will dig up the kitchen scraps that I've trench composted, and devour them! Stinky, rotten and covered with dirt, the nastier it is, the more they enjoy it. And then there are the chunks of cow poo that they bring in through the pet door, and chew up all over the dining room carpet. Dogs. Good thing I love 'em!

  2. It's particularly attractive when they come looking for kisses when they have garbage breath or when they decide to sneak onto my bed to chew up one of their yummies. It's a good thing that they are so sweet!

  3. I love what Granny wrote.. cracked me up! It seems the more we try to barricade something from dogs the more interested they become.. I have the same problems with my dogs. I'm currently scouting pallets from all over the place to try to make a semi-homemade fence around my garden area.. I just have this feeling tho.. as soon as I put compost in there I'm going to have to be pulling dogs outta there!

    Garbage breath.. hehe

    Take care!

  4. I once had a dog that was a real greedy guts and would eat anything. When she was a puppy she nearly died from gorging on compost! She survived that poisoning but didn't learn her lesson and would still go for the compost whenever she got the chance. I hope you have better luck with your dogs.

  5. I've recently stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it- I live in Bloomington and am just starting up a veggie & perennial garden. All of your tips will be very helpful (and I'm sure I'll be keeping my dog out of the compost, too).

    1 question- I love your perennial garden. What kinds of perennials do you have? I've been trying to figure out what does well in the area.

  6. Varanger:
    I have all kinds of perennials: day lilies, lilies, daisies, coral bells, delphinium, salvia, hostas, etc. If you hit the favorite combinations and perennials links in the labels section at the bottom of the page, you can see what I'm growing in my garden.

    You should come to the Central Indiana Plant Swap to get some plants.
    I'll be there and I'll have 100+ plants to trade. The rule is that you can take away as many plants as you bring. If you have some plants in your yard already, you can divide those to bring. If you don't have any plants, let me know and I'll give you a couple dozen to take. You also have time to root some cuttings from houseplants or to grow somethings from seed to use in your garden and to trade.

    Here's the link for more information: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/gather/msg0210160813100.html


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