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Human urine in compost pile

Thom Foote

Joined: Dec 17, 2011
Posts: 29
Location: Colbert, WA
Is it "okay" to urinate directly into a compost pile?
Marianne West

Joined: Jan 05, 2012
Posts: 127
Location: Lemon Grove, CA
yes!!! Unless you take some heavy medication you don't want to end up in your soil. Otherwise, a great way to add nitrogen = heating up to your pile.

Susan Noyes

Joined: Dec 06, 2011
Posts: 50
Location: Dallas TX
This thread contains a lot of good information on urine as a valuable resource:
Brad Davies

Joined: Sep 22, 2011
Posts: 213
Location: Clarkston, MI
geoff lawton reccomends this in his Soils DVD, as human urine can help inocculate your compost with lots of benificial goodies. To avoid being on a sex offenders list I use a jug instead of "directly applying" if you get my drift.

SE, MI, Zone 5b "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
~Thomas Edison
Ivan Weiss

Joined: Dec 19, 2009
Posts: 160
Location: Vashon WA, near Seattle and Tacoma
I pee on my piles every chance I get.

Pastured pork and beef on Vashon Island, WA.
Thom Foote

Joined: Dec 17, 2011
Posts: 29
Location: Colbert, WA
Thank you all for your quick, helpful replies. I appreciate ur-in-ate sense of sharing.

Joined: Aug 01, 2011
Posts: 66
Location: San Diego
If you have privacy at your compost pile why not? Otherwise save it in a jug and pour it on. Remember that the nitrogen is present largely as amonia so it's a good idea to use a fork to remove a layer of compost, use the urine and replace the compost on top of it. If you pee only at the surface the amonia will pass into the air before the bacteria and fungi can fix it into the compost.
deb cobern

Joined: Aug 14, 2012
Posts: 8
My dh and I save most of our urine in 2 liter soda bottles then dilute 1:10 with water. It is a fantastic fertilizer! I did an experiment this spring with some Impatiens in pots out front. I fed two pots with the "Magic Elixir" (our pet name for it) and two pots with nothing. All pots were planted up with a high quality mix. With-in one week the two pots that we used the M.E. on were growing like a wildfire while the two pots we used nothing on just sat there. It was amazing and I think made my dh a true blue believer in the wonderful properties of urine.
Max Kennedy

Joined: Feb 16, 2010
Posts: 465
Location: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
By all means use urine, see the humanure handbook for any questions. If you have concerns there is too much nitrogen just add more browns, they are rarely in short supply.

It can be done!
Ernie DeVore

Joined: Aug 19, 2012
Posts: 24
I set up a pile in a specific spot and encourage all farm visitors to go urinate on it. The same as I've set up a very nice humanure bucket area for the use of visitors who may not be accustomed to using anything other than porcelain civilization killers. I encourage everyone who shows up to make a "deposit in the soil bank of Ernie". Repeat visitors can take home their earned interest in the form of some fresh veggies.

Some studies have indicated that there is very little nitrogen loss from cattle urine falling into fluffy carbon material such as straw and wood chips.
Ken Peavey

Joined: Dec 21, 2009
Posts: 2523
Location: FL
If the compost will be used to grow food crops for market, I recommend NOT urinating in the compost heap. If word gets out, it will shut you down.

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