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 Post subject: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:50 pm 
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Has anybody tried using human urine as fertilizer for your bamboos?

I've been dumping some on my b. oldhamii that is growing in a big planter and it seems to be having a positive effect.

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:22 am 
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Its a good fertilizer, just make sure you dilute it 8:1 in a water solution to keep the sodium chloride and nitrogen from burning the plants roots.

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:34 am 
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I've also heard you need to use it when fresh, within 24 hours.

Is that true?

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:44 pm 
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watchnerd wrote:
I've also heard you need to use it when fresh, within 24 hours.

Is that true?

I have heard that as well, and have also heard that it helps keep critters away like deer and rabbits. Urine is a great nitrogen fertilizer!

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:54 pm 
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Well, I'm on day two of 'donating' my urine to the bamboos and haven't noticed any ill effects yet. They seem to be a bit perkier, but this could also be due to the rain the last two days. But there are enough scientific studies about urine as fertilizer that I don't have to doubt the theory.

I've moved up to a 64 oz bottle that I keep below the sink in my bathroom. I'm only diluting the urine with water by 50%, which is probably too strong for seedlings, but I'm only using it on 3-5 year old plants.

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:31 am 
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Another step further http://humanurehandbook.com/manual.html
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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:29 am 
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Well, I don't think I can go that far. At least not without getting divorced.... :P

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:51 pm 
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It's really a nice thing. When my shop was built in 2001 I couldn't get a permit for conventional septic due to the rocky ground. While researching commercial composting toilets I stumbled on the humanure handbook and decided to try it. Commercial composting toilets seemed somewhat pricey to me. I've been very pleased with the system. In my situation it gets only occasional use, but it is handy sometimes, like when I have shop visitors. I guarantee there is no smell. I didn't believe, so I worked a small muffin fan to the outside into my design but found it wasn't needed. If you have a shop or garage give it a try. With only occasional use the volume is small. I dump it behind a big rock and save for plants that need a boost.
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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:52 am 
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Matt W wrote:
... I dump it behind a big rock and save for plants that need a boost.
Matt


That must be a big rock to keep the neighbors from seeing you 'dumping' it there.

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
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:lol: Yeah, I have rocks that big! And growing bamboo I will enjoy even more privacy. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:52 am 
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Remember a dogs urine is not htat different from human. And where a dog continues to pee it burns plants. Moderation the rule of the universe.
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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:16 pm 
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Funny thing Marcat, I lay down compost on the lawn twice a year, and this fall I decided to seed the lawn with perennial rye while spreading the compost. Where the dog likes to pee, usually next to a tree or bamboo plant, the rye is much more lush.... Don't know if the compost acts as a buffer to mellow out the pee or not, but it's very obvious where the dog pees, the grass is twice as high.

I peed on my black bamboo all last year, and despite the salt which is supposed to burn black bamboo especially in alkaline soil, it thrived, so go figure. I think pee burns plants when the soil is dry and not much organic material to buffer it's strength, in conclusion.


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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
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My dog maintains a burned section in a patch of Shibataea, I've tried to trim it out but he just moves in closer. I think it is harmful to hit the same foliage daily but probably beneficial to move it around directly on the ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:59 pm 
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Well, in my case, I'm not whizzing directly on the bamboo, but peeing in a jug in the bathroom in the house, then coming out and systematically pouring it on and around the base of the plants. I haven't dumped any directly on the foliage itself.

It's the rainy time of year, so the soil is pretty moist, and I have a bit of mulch on top, so things are probably a bit protected. Also, these are plants in the 3-5 year age range.

So far, I haven't noticed any ill effects, including with the potted bamboo. Maybe I have weak urine? :oops: :?

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 Post subject: Re: Urine for Bamboo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:57 pm 
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that could be true, you may be drinking too many liquids, so urine is already diluted and weak. Don't drink more than 2 cups of liquid in a day, so that the urine will be highly concentrated. That will be good for the boo, but bad for you.

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