Kaleena Martin wrote:Thank you for your answer Peter. My Mommy brain got to me when I posted the original question. I've adjusted my question to what I actually meant to say and ask. Haha. You may have answered my question anyway. So separating the urine from the feces is so it is not too wet? And the urine can be used immediately but the feces needs to break down? Is that correct?
Michael Cox wrote:Composting them together works very very well when you have plenty of dry organic matter to add to it, like sawdust or woodchips. The nitrogen in the urine and the carbon in the sawdust together make for a very hot compost mixture. The heat sterilizes the whole mix, including the poo.
Kimi Iszikala wrote:We are currently temporarily camping on our homestead land since last July. We have 5-gallon bucket "urinals" and 5-gallon bucket toilets. We don't separate when we sit, but the bulk of our peeing is done in the urinals. Our urinal is just a 5-gal bucket with a big funnel sticking out the top (with a splash guard, even!), and a rubber kitchen drain stopper cap. I (the female) have been using a p-style but that means about once a week I pee down my leg which is really annoying. I'm working on a sitting urinal... probably will use a roof vent flashing piece over a 5-gallon bucket with a seat on it.
In the urinals we add sauerkraut juice, or if we don't have any handy, we add EM-1. We have only used urine that has aged over a month (which is supposed to ensure its sterility due to pH changes, and the microorganisms are supposed to break it down for better plant nutrition). We have dumped it on wood chip piles and sawdust piles to help them start to decompose. We live in the desert and don't plan to maintain an outdoor compost pile because we haul all of our water and don't think we can keep it wet enough.
We have been using bokashi and wood ash in the humanure buckets. We eventually will need to do a better job of composting this. We are hoping vermiculture will work for bokashi-fermented humanure that has sat for several months? (We have not used worms before, but understand they do eat bokashi and manure.) At the moment we are in "camping" mode and just buried the first few buckets, after they sat a month or four. We do plan to plant fruit trees in this area between the buried pits, but won't be planting any vegetables or close-to-the-ground edibles.
We make our bokashi with sawdust which we can get for free locally.