It's kind of traditional to put urine in the compost. It may be because when
one is in the allotment or garden, It is inconvenient to go to a toilet or
get cleaned up to the point where the wife lets you indoors, especially if
you have lots more work to do. Some people say that using it neat is not a
good idea, so I get a bucket half full of water, retreat to the shed, pee in
the bucket, and put that on the compost. No problem.
Ah, you said initially that it was "water with a little ammonia in it". Now
it sounds like much stronger stuff. Concentration is an important parameter.
What you need to do is to have more carbon (straw, paper, whatever) in the
compost than you would normally have. The nitrogen you've added (ammonia)
will rot the straw, and you'll come out with an improved compost.
What about vinegar? I have some experimental pickles that went wrong.....
vinegar, salt, garlic, sugar, cucumber, cardamon and dill but the cukes were
almost round the bend and there wasn't enough salt and prob. too much
can i add the cukes and the juice to my pile? or should i pour it down the
sink and garbage grinder?
No it isn't at least not for terrestrial animals. Now if you are a
fish it is.
But to conserve water our kidneys combine the waste nitrogen with
carbon dioxide to form urea. Sitting in a bucket bacteria break down
the urea and nitrogen outgasses as amonnia.
That said, on a western diet you can expect to excrete about 10lbs of
nitrogen in urine a year.(roughly an Oz of urea a day)
Or about the same amount of nitrogen as in a 100 lb sack of 10-10-10
I respectfully take exception to your statement "it's kind of
Because some people do it doesn't make it traditional. I personally know
of no gardeners that urinate, either directly or indirectly, in their
You do now :-)) Seriously though, this may be one of the many differences
between UK and US. I am taking the liberty of assuming you are in US.
By traditional I mean that it's been going on for a very long time, I know
someone who was doing it during WW2 as part of his contribution to "digging
for victory". I don't know if that phrase means much in US, but it was a big
deal over here. Urine is a recommended compost activator to many people.
I'd do it if I could pee standing up. I got my husband to pee on it last
summer, and I must say the pile did break down faster. Not to mention that it
might help to discourage critters.
Thanks for the reminder!
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