Let me try again.
Which camp do you fall in: the one that says human urine is a great organic fertilizer and animal deterrent or the ewww, that’s just gross camp?
As for me, pee is kind of icky.
The online debate rages on with people getting pretty steamed on both sides. I laughed out loud when one women asked on online forum if Diet Coke would make her pee no longer organic. Really?! That’s what she’s worried about?
Some say it’s a great organic fertilizer loaded with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Harkening back to my farm girl days, I do remember using N-P-K as a commercial fertilizer. And pee is natural, organic and free. I get all this. I just can’t bring myself to pee in the garden.
However, Tom doesn’t seem to have this problem. So he tried peeing in the side yard to prevent deer and rabbit binges in our garden. It didn’t work. The deer and rabbits continued to pound the tomato plants. [How did you ever guess that we’d be the type of people to try this sort of thing?] But we did make sure all the neighbors were either 1.) inside or 2.) not at home for the trial. And we were desperate.
My take? That the deer, at least where I live in suburbia are accustomed to the smells of human urine and that’s why it doesn’t work. It also doesn’t help that I actually feed the deer apples and other delicacies the rest of the year. What can I say? They love me! And I love them! I just want them to stop eating my plants after all the work I did to plant and water them in the first place.
So if you’re not open to human urine, will you consider animal urine as a possibility?
I have it on good authority that we should be going to the local zoo requesting their wolf and coyote pee and poop. I'll pass.
It’s kind of like when my dogs pee in the same spots outside, the grass completely dies in those spots. So it seems to me that the pee acts more like a weed killer than anything else, human or dog form. Of course, that version hasn’t been diluted.
Recipe (is that the right word?!) for Pee Fertilizer
In a watering can dilute your fresh pee in a 10:1 ratio to use on any garden crops.
If you’re watering seedlings, smaller plants or new transplants then dilute your fresh pee even more to a 20:1 ratio.
Apply to the root area only every two weeks or so. Keep off the plant itself (remember what happened to my grass?!)
So there it is:
To pee or not to pee, that is the question.
Let us know how it goes!