What’s the to do about doo? Look, if you want elephantine tomatoes, you’re going to need elephantine fertilizer. And for that, we turn our attention to the Woodland Park Zoo.
Spring is just around the corner, and so is Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest! The annual poop event calls for local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the highly coveted Zoo Doo or Bedspread that Dr. Doo, also known as the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all winter.
Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores, Zoo Doo is perfect for vegetables and annuals.
Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.
As usual, due to the popularity of Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter a drawing to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. For the first time, an online form is available to make it easier to enter and help reduce paper. Beginning February 28, enter at: www.zoo.org/fecalfest. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing.
Online entries and postcards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Phone orders will not be accepted.
Online forms and postcard entries will be accepted from February 28 through March 17. Pick-up dates begin April 13 through April 29. The lucky winners load the compost and Dr. Doo provides the shovels.
Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $45; 6×3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStores for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.
Photo by Ryan Hawk. How awesome is it that the Zoo’s photographer is named Ryan Hawk?