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Post  Lindacol on 1/9/2013, 3:54 pm

Interesting article:

http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/gardening/605742/urine_the_ultimate_organic_fertiliser.html


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Urine: the ultimate 'organic' fertilizer?

Post  deriter on 1/9/2013, 4:21 pm

Oh my! I just don't know what to say! How many of you are doing this? I ain't saying its wrong, but I must say it doesn't sound quite right!

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Re: Urine: the ultimate 'organic' fertiliser?

Post  GWN on 1/9/2013, 4:23 pm

I have read a study that was published in the Mother Earth news where they compared human urine to two other liquid fertilizers and the human urine won...

It does seem a shame that it just goes down the drain so to speak.

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Post  camprn on 1/9/2013, 4:23 pm

Urine is a known good compost activator. see these previous threads for some good discussion and information on the matter.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t8132-homemade-compost-activator

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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/9/2013, 4:30 pm

I can't seem to bring my self to ask the men friends in my life to pee on my pile...

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Post  camprn on 1/9/2013, 4:35 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I can't seem to bring my self to ask the men friends in my life to pee on my pile...

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LOL, it's the pile's loss. Very Happy

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Post  deriter on 1/9/2013, 4:38 pm

Mercy! Embarassed

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Post  Lindacol on 1/9/2013, 9:07 pm

I use some in my compost. I figure it is a compost activator, adds nutrients and will be composted for a couple of months so should be no problem.

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Post  GWN on 1/9/2013, 10:07 pm

The way I see it, it is nitrogen, that is all. So I have used it for my basil and spinach, BIG nitrogen users.
But I am careful who I tell that to.

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 1/10/2013, 1:03 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I can't seem to bring my self to ask the men friends in my life to pee on my pile...

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Get a bucket and do it yourself Very Happy

I usually wait until after dark before I visit my pile (saves a lil water, too)

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Post  CharlesB on 1/10/2013, 3:31 pm



All part of a diverse and healthy ecosystem.

But like everyone else, careful who I tell that to :-).

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Post  Triciasgarden on 1/10/2013, 4:01 pm

Exactly! This Summer I will have to put some grandkids to good use! I wouldn't admit or deny pouring some on their myself!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/10/2013, 5:49 pm

Oh...oh wow....I just brought in some buckets today that have frozen water in them at the moment. Wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. Wish they were round and not rectangle. thinking This'll be a challenge, in more ways than one. Wish I drank beer.

Can you pour it on even tho the compost pile is frozen?

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Post  Unmutual on 1/10/2013, 7:14 pm

@TN_GARDENER wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:I can't seem to bring my self to ask the men friends in my life to pee on my pile...

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Get a bucket and do it yourself Very Happy

I usually wait until after dark before I visit my pile (saves a lil water, too)

When I have no house guests, I keep the watering can in the bathroom(shower to be exact). I gets filled up with that cold water when I turn the shower on, then gets put in the garden(but mostly on the compost pile). My morning pot of coffee gets completely recycled.

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Post  deriter on 1/10/2013, 8:11 pm

I still don't know what to say. But you have got me to thinking with the part of saving water. I mean we are on rural water here so it does cost and to think that I could save a little there,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Just like money in the bank! Not sure my wife would see it that way though.

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Post  GWN on 1/10/2013, 8:29 pm

When I have no house guests, I keep the watering can in the bathroom(shower to be exact).
unmutual, that is exactly what I do..... of course when we do not have company. I have this neighbour who seems to watch everything we do...... I always wonder if he wonders why I keep the fertilizer in the house

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Post  Triciasgarden on 1/10/2013, 9:58 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Can you pour it on even tho the compost pile is frozen?

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I would think that if your pile has a frozen layer, then break some holes and then pour it so it goes into the pile. You wouldn't want to waste it! Laughing

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Post  Triciasgarden on 1/10/2013, 10:02 pm

@GWN wrote: unmutual, that is exactly what I do..... of course when we do not have company. I have this neighbour who seems to watch everything we do...... I always wonder if he wonders why I keep the fertilizer in the house
Maybe you should tell them where your fertilizer comes from and offer them some, lol! You know, since they are so interested in what you are doing . . .


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Post  deriter on 1/10/2013, 10:49 pm

Its dark outside right now. Gonna check the compost pile & see how its doing.

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Post  Kelejan on 1/10/2013, 11:58 pm

@CharlesB wrote:

All part of a diverse and healthy ecosystem.

But like everyone else, careful who I tell that to :-).
Me also. Very Happy Or should it be, I, also? Never was good at English.

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Post  GWN on 1/11/2013, 11:09 am

Me also. Or should it be, I, also? Never was good at English.
Or you could say me too, or just DITTO Smile But I kinda like
me also
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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/11/2013, 11:27 am

@Unmutual wrote:
When I have no house guests, I keep the watering can in the bathroom(shower to be exact). I gets filled up with that cold water when I turn the shower on, then gets put in the garden

Me, too, except I have a bucket in there. I use the shower water for watering houseplants and seedlings, and for outside watering before the hoses are brought out.

I still haven't been able to use it 'otherwise' yet Embarassed , but I think I have a good set up once the ice in the bucket has melted. Does this look about right?

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Post  Unmutual on 1/11/2013, 3:03 pm

[quote="CapeCoddess"]
@Unmutual wrote:
I still haven't been able to use it 'otherwise' yet Embarassed , but I think I have a good set up once the ice in the bucket has melted. Does this look about right?

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Lol, I see you recycle the cat litter containers too(my daughter has a cat and I get the buckets...one can never have enough buckets!). Now that's a lot of recycling going on in the bathtub.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/11/2013, 3:14 pm

I just hope it holds my weight. Shocked

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Post  plantoid on 1/11/2013, 3:22 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I can't seem to bring my self to ask the men friends in my life to pee on my pile...

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Get them to use a on a box ( not too high Wink ) bucket away from public view out in the garage and " PUT THE LID DACK " . Laughing

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