Geoff Lawton reccomends this in his Soils DVD, as human urine can help inocculate your compost with lots of benificial goodies. To avoid being on a sex offenders list I use a jug instead of "directly applying" if you get my drift.
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Thank you all for your quick, helpful replies. I appreciate ur-in-ate sense of sharing.
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posted 6 years ago
If you have privacy at your compost pile why not? Otherwise save it in a jug and pour it on. Remember that the nitrogen is present largely as amonia so it's a good idea to use a fork to remove a layer of compost, use the urine and replace the compost on top of it. If you pee only at the surface the amonia will pass into the air before the bacteria and fungi can fix it into the compost.
My dh and I save most of our urine in 2 liter soda bottles then dilute 1:10 with water. It is a fantastic fertilizer! I did an experiment this spring with some Impatiens in pots out front. I fed two pots with the "Magic Elixir" (our pet name for it) and two pots with nothing. All pots were planted up with a high quality mix. With-in one week the two pots that we used the M.E. on were growing like a wildfire while the two pots we used nothing on just sat there. It was amazing and I think made my dh a true blue believer in the wonderful properties of urine.
I set up a pile in a specific spot and encourage all farm visitors to go urinate on it. The same as I've set up a very nice humanure bucket area for the use of visitors who may not be accustomed to using anything other than porcelain civilization killers. I encourage everyone who shows up to make a "deposit in the soil bank of Ernie". Repeat visitors can take home their earned interest in the form of some fresh veggies.
Some studies have indicated that there is very little nitrogen loss from cattle urine falling into fluffy carbon material such as straw and wood chips.
I've been wondering this for a while--does anyone have a list (even a rough one) of what drugs/ drug metabolites might be bad for a compost pile (or soil in general)? Probably birth control pills have some effect on the higher organisms, but what about other common classes of drugs like statins or anti-inflammatories? I'm not currently on anything, but my dad takes blood pressure medication and I wonder if him using my fruittrees as a urinal will have any long-term consequences. (I've tried googling to no avail, and I don't know enough about medications or the complexities of soil biology to even start researching what concentrations or total accumulation would have to be present to affect anything.)
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