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Garden Urine Benefits
When people eat food, your kidneys work to filter out most of the excess nutrients that our body is unable to use and expells them when we urinate. Our urine contains significant levels of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. They are typically recorded as around 11 parts nitrogen to 1 part phosphorus to 2.5 parts potassium. Studies have shown that Americans as a group can produce about 90 million gallons of urine a day and that an adult’s urine contains enough nutrients to fertilize 50-100% of the crops needed to feed one adult! With multiple males in the family, crops shouldn’t be a problem at all!
How to use urine in your garden and what benefits it brings?
As a general rule for home garden use, dilute urine with water (3 to 4 parts water to 1 part urine). Make sure you dilute it with 10 parts water to 1 part urine for young plants. It is recommended that you use this occasionally and not every day, maybe once every week to a few weeks. If your plants start to yellow, decrease the amount of urine used and increase the amount of water. Start applying urine fertilizer when your plants are at least 2 weeks old. Stop fertilizing two weeks before your harvest time. Undiluted urine that is around a few days old (when the nitrogen has decomposed into ammonia) can be thrown onto your compost pile.
Urine as Fertilizer
Urine is full of Nitrogen. Most plants require Nitrogen more than other nutrients. Nitrogen is used to synthesize amino acids, enzymes, proteins, and chlorophyll.
Urine also includes phosphorous and potassium and will help replenish soil that has had its minerals depleted by over-farming.
Compost is used as a source of nutrients for the next garden generations but it can take a very long time for it to be ready to use. The uric acid present in urine helps speed up compost decomposition.
While you need to dilute your urine with water in order to help boost your plants when you want to kill weeds you can simply just pee right on them in order to kill them, which makes it nice and easy to deal with weeds.
You may also want to be rid of mushrooms that grow around your garden. While you can’t really deal with them as you would with weeds, you can dilute it in water and use some sort of spraying device to hose plants or fungi down with
Good soil is created after a long time of material breaking down, some examples include sawdust, leaves, branches, and hay. These are dry “brown” materials that I went over in my compost article. They are high in carbon and break down slowly, while “green” materials, such as lawn clippings, vegetable peelings, and urine are high in nitrogen.
I have often heard many people claim that the scent of human urine can keep animals such as cats, foxes, rabbits, and other animals away from your garden. Do note that this supposedly works best with the first urination of the day as that one contains the most nutrients and odor.