The Q&A Archives: Dog Food as Fertilizer

Question: I've read that adding dry dog food to your gardening soil is a good way to boost nutrients. I have some left-over food from dog sitting that is a lamb and rice formula. What's your opinion on this?

Answer: This sounds similar to the story of Squanto planting three fish under each hill of corn! I don't know how he kept the 'coons from digging it all up! Meat products do provide a quick form of nitrogen, I think the benefit of burying dog food among your plants would be offset by attracting animals (dogs, cats, mice, raccoon, etc.) to your garden. It's always best to compost leftovers, even Rover's, before adding them to the soil, so you can avoid having critters digging in your plantings.

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