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Q.How Long Before Planting A Space That Has Held Sheep, Dogs

Zone Magnolia, Ms. , zone 8 | Anonymous added on July 19, 2021 | Answered

My space is 75 x 60.At one time there was 4 sheep and two dogs. Only one sheep and one dog now. Had some of them there about 1 1/2 yrs. Old vegetable garden enclosure. Want to reclaim space as a veg. garden. How long should I wait before doing that? Years? Never? Dogs never wormed nor vaccinated.

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Answered on August 6, 2021

There is no set rule for animals that consume meat, but the only problem is dog feces. Being a meat eater, they can carry some pretty wild diseases and pathogens that CAN be transferred to humans through consuming contaminated crops. Generally, for fresh manure, this is a 90 day period, but since we are talking about dog feces- Better safe than sorry.

The only, true, way to be sure that nothing remains in your soil is to have it tested. Here are some articles that will help:



There are a few things that you can do to help the process along, though. This article will help:


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