Hoof stock (giraffe, zebra, elephant, bison, antelope, llama and rhino) manure, and bedding straw is collected from the Auckland and Wellington zoo’s and shredded, then put into piles before being covered with black plastic so that it heats to high temperatures.
This hot method of composting kills diseases and most weeds though, more often than not, the weeds that do come up are edible and, at times, useful. You might find clover seedlings in the compost. Clover is not a harmful weed, in fact it’s nitrogen fixing, promotes bees and helps with pollination, protects the soil and keeps moisture in. It can be removed easily with a hoe and will not regrow once its roots are disburbed, and left on the surface will compost down and feed the soil.
Every two days the piles of compost are turned and, after approximately two and a half weeks, the compost is mixed with aged bark fines and packed into bags ready for use. The end result is a sweet-smelling, easy to handle, quality compost – high in nutrients.
Because we’re one of the very few that actually use manure our compost can’t tell the difference between good plants and bad plants and just makes everything grow.
ZooDoo is great for vegetables and general garden use and you can plant straight into it.