Accidental Tomato Garden Where Dogs Potty?

My backyard has, through no effort on my part, yielded a giant tomato plant. There are tons of healthy tomatoes. However, my dogs go to the bathroom out there (probably why it grew). If I wash thoroughly, are the tomatoes safe to eat?

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Okay there should be no problem eating the tomatoes that were grown in your backyard. Even though your dog uses your backyard as a toilet he is naturally fertilizing your plants. This is really healthy for your plants and any food grown on the plant or harmful chemicals. Just pick your tomatoes wash them in water and enjoy.

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March 31, 20200 found this helpful

Dog poop can carry a type of ringworm that can be transferred to humans. You shouldn't eat ANY veggies that have been grown in a garden where a dog has pooped!

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

They will be fine. Wash carefully

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Personally, I would not, because dog poop has too many parasites in it, many of which can be transmitted to people. Either via contact or growing into the veggies. Ick.

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There are ways to "purify" the poop, but it is a huge process. Poop on the outside is gross enough, but, as thrifty and green as I am, the chance of it growing into the vegetables is enough that I would not use them. There are many articles about the danger, this is one of them:

www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../dog-waste-in-compost.htm

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

I personally don't think this would be an issue if your dog is not pooping right next to the plant. You will need to be the one who decides how far away the dog poop should be. I have an organic garden and in the garden, there are chicken, some cats, dogs, and other animals that roam free. From time to time we find poop in and around our plants. I've never had any issue eating this food and there is nothing wrong with it at all.

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

There is a forum here with some feedback.

I think this is a personal choice :) To me, you know how your crops are grown versus getting crops elsewhere you may not know their process.

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

Boy what a controversial subject!
It seems there are just as many that say no - do not eat it as there are that say - just wash it and eat it.

  • Here is only one comment that actually made a little sense. This is a quote:
  • "I once researched the subject and it seems that people in Alaska where they sometimes get severe situations with dog feces researched it experimentally - tried to compost it and than tested for pathogens. The results were that if dog poop is composted in a nice hot pile with lots of green matter it makes absolutely safe fertilizer."
  • You might want to contact your local extension office and post the question to them. It would be interesting to know what advice they give..
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  • www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../what-is-extension-service.htm
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