well I am a female and have no intentions of peeing outside (I don't even allow my son that pleasure ) My issue is, my grass is a mess and we treat it so I am not comfortable putting that in the compost and the books I read always seem to mention fresh manure as a good N source, but that isn't practical for me.lily51 wrote:Is this just a guy's idea for an excuse to pee outside?
(don't mean to be sexist, but really can't pciture a female coming up with this idea)
So, it's potent stuff and keeping it out of the waste stream has an effect.Urine typically contains 70% of the nitrogen and more than half the phosphorus and potassium found in urban waste water flows, while making up less than 1% of the overall volume.
thanks for the morning laugh and congrats on 40yr of marriage!vermontkingdom wrote: (P.S.-after more than forty years of marriage my wife still doesn't know why I'm able to stay outside for such long periods of time during the day without using the inside facilities. She thinks I have an extraordinary urinary bladder and, I think, it's best if we keep this a secret!)
I keep several 5 gallon plastic buckets full of compost material in my work shop. I pee in the buckets there is no smell at all for about 2 days then it smells like ammonia. Same smell laundry ammonia. I keep a top on the buckets I don't want to loose any of the ammonia it supplies the nitrogen to the compost. Once the compost gets a little wet and a strong ammonia smell I start peeing in a different bucket. I stir the urine compost mix about once a week. In the summer when the temperature is pretty hot compost turns to a very dark almost black color in a month or so and it looks like potting soil. Is volume reduces by about 1/2 then I dump the buckets into a 30 gallon plastic trash can with a top. In the winter compost action is a little slower but it still works. An electric drill type paint mixer works good to stir the compost.hanikai wrote:Hmm I have a question.. what about smell? I realize other fertilizers smell pretty bad, but human urine has a very distinctive smell, doesn't it? If you have a small compost heap in a confined area (small yard) wouldn't the smell be pretty bad?