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Soil and Composting: Can I use TORTOISE'S POOP on my compost?

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 21, 2010
3:37 PM

Post #8112542

My husband raises tortoises.
Can I use their poop on my compost?
Or maybe directly on my flower beds?
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2010
4:22 PM

Post #8130420

Why not? Go a little easy with it until you learn about it's strength when going directly to the flower beds. I have never seen and do not expect to see a test report on tortoise poop. Set yourself up with a couple of test spots that are similar and let the plants tell you...possibly more or less would be better. Put a tablespoon full in a quart of water. Let it set a week and try it on some house plants. Into your compost think likewise. In a pile 4 X 4 X 4 that is relatively new try a five gallon bucket full. Half that much if the pile is half finished. This is not rocket science but you can overload a pile or garden with any manure or other fertilizer.

Good question. Good luck. Not to many folks have or know where to get tortoise poop. LOL

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