Thomas over at A Growing Tradition (which, by the way, is a blog I just found and has quickly become one of my favorites! You should go read him if you aren’t already!) posted a VERY interesting question today and I wanted to route you to it- and ask your opinion. It’s a pretty well known fact that human urine is a good source of nitrogen- an element essential to a healthy garden- and it is free and safe. So, to pee or not to pee?
Odd that he would bring this up, as I JUST had an experience with pee in my garden. A (male) friend of mine was visiting two weeks ago and we were out walking in the garden. He needed to pee, and instead of sending him into the house, I sent him over to the compost pile. Urine is an excellent activator to compost piles, giving it a burst of nitrogen and turning it into a “hot” pile, so it seemed silly to waste it. I honestly never though about using it directly on the plants, but it makes perfect sense.
I know there are probably a lot of people who will be blown away by the “ick” factor, which I don’t have at all. Human urine is sterile- you can drink it, for a brief period, in life or death situation- and frankly it sits way better with me than unknown cow manure fertilizer or manufactured nitrogen, though I certainly use composted manure in my garden. The only reason I don’t use it for composting is because it would take me a long time to carry a bucket full of pee from my upstairs bathroom all the way out to my compost pile, and I am living there at the generosity of Ann, who may not be appreciative! I wouldn’t use it on my vegetables this year because I am growing these for the consumption of others, but I would have no qualms using it on veggies that I would be eating myself.
So, take a trip over to Thomas and weigh in!