I've been reading a lot about using human urine for nitrogen fertilizer and even composting human waste. There is one thing I have never seen addressed about this. Everyone I know (well, I'm old) has some sort of health issues and take various medications. Surely some of this is being peed out. Will plants uptake the meds? I would think so. Has anyone seen anything about this? Frankly, I am seriously concerned about this.
I'd have to say that, no matter what residual drug content might remain in your urine, the byproduct will still be so much more pure than anything you're buying in the grocery, and anything produced by non-organic components, I wouldn't/won't worry about it.
Linda ,( exasperated ) , How do you filter it ?In our recovered water supply ? Some people we knew , camped out for the summer did compost into their garden and had the nicest harvest I Never ate .I know , plants only take up nutrents , but they had to touch them .
Urine is one thing, human feces another. I would be very hesitant to reccomend human feces, it has so many pathogens that humans can get sick from. Ever hear of E. Coli 0157?
I am a retired lab techincian. I would not worry about the urine so much. My husband and son have urinated at the garden for keeping deer away. Luciee
Mother Earth News (April-May 2011) had an interesting article about composting human waste. After a year of composting it with comfrey and straw it tested negative for fecal bacteria. Many countries use urine and waste for fertilizer and I am not talking about third world countries. Would I do this? Well, I have no problems about the urine but I would be concerned about the feces. I think that you would have to be into serious composting to do this properly.
My father was doing organic gardening almost sixty years ago and he was considered a bit of a crack pot for doing so. I think we have been brain washed on a lot of things and I admire the people who go against the flow. Oops, no pun intended.
On the solids , my stream cuts off and flows around the other side of the hill .lol If everything was dried out and broken down , it might be ok . I just have a hard time thinking about it getting to that stage . Odd , animal solids are a highly desirable commodity for me . I seek them out . Urine is fine too
NO WAY ! Did you tell her I'll send her a potty ? LOL Man , I never heard of HD giving anything free . They do run an ad that the first hour for the truck is free when you buy and put it on your card . I need to know her secret . Congrads to her . The cheapest I've seen bales is 2.50 for last years mulch hay . That lady must live right .
What area of GA does she live in ?
Sure it's filtered by the kidneys , but the good stuff is retained and the bad stuff goes out the spout , right ? Oh, this is getting so funny .
About ten years ago I ran across a woman who spun and dyed her own wool from natural sources. We started talking about the various plant sources she used to color her yarn. THEN we came to the beautiful bright yellow yarn. She said that she peed into a jar every morning and left it in the sun to "cure". She said that after about two weeks she was gagging from the smell but, really, the yarn was beautiful. She said that she could never do it again, not that her husband would let her, lol.
begonianinny, I couldn't pee on the bales if I wanted to. A few years ago my husband and I were exploring the back roads of NC when I knew that I could never get back to a gas station. I told DH my situation and he said that he had to pee too so we went our separate ways. Well, I braced myself against a tree as best I could and really served that tree well. Unfortunately the back of my pants got watered too. And I had to sit wet in our car that was exactly one day old.
I like , Linda . Those look like straw , . Try the hay too , I like it better , but this year , remember , I'm leaving and won't be here to take care of plants . Any hay I get will be for compost/potting soil later .
Done any scratching lately ?
Why oh why didn't I know about all this when I was home year round , and only had a few weeks to enjoy vacation ? When you retire , you really go from one job to another . Retired is hard to manage your time . Really .
Yeah, people have kidneys that filter stuff, but even when I take vitamins my urine turns colors and if I take Aleve or Tylenol it turns dark, and if I eat beets it turns a rather attractive vivd red, so I would not trust urine from someone who has to take a lot of meds that may not be filtered all the way out. And if plants would only absorb the nutrients that they need then why bother organic gardening, I thought part of the benefit apart from not doing ecological damage was what you were consuming from within the plants not just what gets stuck to the outside of it??? I don't know, I set my bails out last week and it has been too cold for them to really start cooking, so I haven't gotten much of a go on the conditioning process, but I think I will go with the ammonium granules from the feed store instead of trying to pee in a jug.
Serenaski wrote;"so I haven't gotten much of a go on the conditioning process, but I think I will go with the ammonium granules from the feed store instead of trying to pee in a jug."
If you're trying to use less chemicals, try bloodmeal. I use it when pressed for time, and it works fine. Some people say it will attract dogs and/or wildlife, but I've never had issues.