home made fertilizer

Toby Hemenway hemenway at jeffnet.org
Mon Mar 19 11:47:07 EST 2001

on 3/18/01 2:44 PM, Robyn at permed at nor.com.au wrote:

> Don't store the pee or it will become ammoniacal and smell

Tom Ward suggested to me that you can avoid the smell of stored urine by
filling a plastic bucket with sawdust or wood shavings and peeing in that
(shavings from green, unkilned wood are best because the full balance of
live enzymes are present, but kiln-dried shavings work okay). I've been
doing that for a couple of years now, and have found it makes the whole
pee-bucket operation a lot more pleasant. When my 5-gallon bucket is full, I
mix it with other compost and add it to the pile, or spread it thinly under
a layer of mulch. So far I've noticed no problems from doing it this way,
and my nose is much happier. I'm assuming that since I can't smell ammonia
any more, nitrogen is being bound up in the bucket and I'm losing less to
outgassing.  This also creates a unisex pee container, with no wide-neck
versus narrow-neck argument.


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