Soil fertilizer question
Hi there, I have read online that diluted human urine is a good source of nitrogen for the garden. I am aware that there may be concern for pathogens, and this may not be appropriate for food gardens, but is it ok to use on ornamental beds? Thank you!
Multnomah County Oregon
- Upon leaving the body, human urine is generally acidic, but becomes basic. Diluting (I'm thinking 10 parts water to 1 part urine) should protect soil pH;
- Urine generally does not contain bacteria as it is voided unless there is kidney/bladder infection - so don't use urine from individuals who are ill;
- Consider the crop receiving the nitrogen from urine sources - what parts do you eat? Not radishes (often eaten raw...) or other root vegetables. But it should be fine on leafy greens so long as the urine is applied with care and precision so that ALL of the urine is applied to the soil and NONE of it splashes on the leaves - the edible parts.
Thank you for this awesome and encouraging response, Linda! I'm glad you are the one who received my inquiry, and didn't get put off by the idea. I would be so grateful to look at your bibliography when it is complete. I would like to read up on how much and how frequently to apply this fertilizer to my garden.
Thank you again!
Thank you for the additional info about the application schedule, Linda. I appreciate the time you have put into this research, to our benefit. I am especially inspired by capturing resources from the waste-stream.