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Karen Briggs
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I would love to read through the many threads on urine and peeing, but I have a cold and don't feel like it right now.

Why is pee good for the soil?

What about germs? (like blood-born pathogens and poop diseases, is there urine pathogens/diseases)

Do women have different pee than guys? our pee comes out differently, so does it pick up bacteria on the way?

If you pee on the garden, doesn't that stay on your veggies? Ewww, I don't want to eat that!

So you put it on the compost pile. Why?

Well, I guess I am just asking the same question in a different way now, but maybe some of you can explain to me what is special about pee.
 
Rick Roman
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Well....for me..... Pee is Free!
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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Free fertilizer

Chemical Free fertilizer ( I don't take medicines or eat food with chemicals)

Sustainably made fertilizer - requires no packaging, petroleum to ship to stores or get it to my house, I'll make more with with only my usual daily input. And I am putting less of a burden on my septic tank - or in some cases - the municipal treatment plant.

So in keeping with my requirement that an action or design have at least three uses or benefits this fits within those parameters.
 
Jay Green
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I pee in my edible garden!
 
Anna Carter
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Why is pee good for the soil?
- natural source of nitrogen


What about germs? (like blood-born pathogens and poop diseases, is there urine pathogens/diseases)

- urine is sterile as it comes out of the body.

Do women have different pee than guys? our pee comes out differently, so does it pick up bacteria on the way?

- a very negligible amount, and not of the troublesome kind of bacteria anyway.

If you pee on the garden, doesn't that stay on your veggies? Ewww, I don't want to eat that!

- urine is water soluble. Does it rain where you live? I still don't put it on leafy things, just on the ground around them.

So you put it on the compost pile. Why?

- Nitrogen. Composting can heat up enough to kill human pathogens, if that's your aim.
 
                        
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Unless you have a urinary tract infection pee is almost sterile. In fact we were taught to use it on the battlefield to wash out injuries in an emergency (fresh from the source). I save it in a jug and when the jug is full I pour it on my compost as an aid to help break it down. You should never use it undiluted too close to plants. It is so high in nitrogen it could burn. remember those dead patches on the lawn where dogs peed?
 
Jay Green
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I use it undiluted on high nitrogen feeders like corn~no burning there and the rows with straight urine application were over a foot taller than the rows that did not receive urine and produced more ears to the stalk, not to mention, they were a deep, rich green in color compared to the have not rows.

The yellow patches in the yard are from repeated applications of straight urine to the same spot over and over...if that were not so, all our lawns would be yellow polka dotted messes. I know mine isn't and that dog pees many, many times a day...just not in the same place every time. Do a little experiment on this.....pee in the same spot over and over and see the results. Next, pee in a different spot each time you go out to pee...any yellow grass?

Even the spots that were peed on too much will show long, dark green, thick and luscious grass growth the following spring, so a fall application of straight urine in the rows just might be the ticket.
 
Morgan Morrigan
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urea is more complicated than i thought

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=80386
 
Spud Smith
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Hi all,
I was taught that you use a 10% solution of pee to water.
In Haiti, we support a school with 450 little peeers. They have gone so far as to build
separate outhouses, one for pee and one for poop. That way they can collect the pee
and use it for fertilizer.
The kids used to go out in the field and squat. This is a solution to teach proper
hygiene.
 
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