If you have a garden, you have a few good reasons to relieve yourself in the great outdoors. While your neighbors might not appreciate the sight, peeing in your garden has multiple benefits for your plants and soil!
Here are eight convincing reasons why you should pee in your garden:
1. Urine Can Help Deter Animals
To keep animals out of your garden, you have to mark your territory. If they smell the scent of your urine, they’ll most likely steer clear. The scent of human urine can keep animals such as cats, foxes and rabbits away from your garden!
2. Urine Acts As Natural Fertilizer
Human urine is full of nitrogen. Plants need nitrogen to synthesize amino acids, enzymes, proteins and chlorophyll. Thanks to it’s nitrogen content, human urine is a high-quality fertilizer. A single person’s urine would be enough to fertilize up to one tenth of an acre of vegetables for an entire year! If you use urine as a fertilizer for plants in your garden, dilute it in a 20:1 ratio (20 parts water, 1 part pee), and sprinkle it on the soil around the plants.
3. Urine Will Help Balance Your Soil
Soil is created from broken-down plant matter, sawdust, leaves, branches and hay. These materials break down very slowly and are high in carbon. Green materials such as lawn clippings and vegetable peelings are high in nitrogen. And so is your pee! For a well-balanced garden, you’ll want to have equal portions of high carbon material and high nitrogen material. Add some undiluted urine to your compost pile to help balance out the nutrient ratios in your future soil!
4. Urine Will Keep Deer From Ruining Your Garden
As great as it is to see deer in your backyard, you don’t want them anywhere near your garden. To keep them out, fill a spray bottle with your early morning urine and hose down the nearby trees, a few feet from the ground. The strong scent of human presence should keep them from wandering too close.
5. Urine Will Help Kill Your Weeds
If you have a furry friend, you’ve probably noticed brown spots in your grass around their favorite pee spots. The acids in your dog’s urine kills the grass. Your pee has similar powers! To kill unwanted weeds, just give them a golden shower.
6. Urine Will Enhance Your Soil
Urine contains phosphorus and potassium, which helps replenish soil that is depleted of minerals. Have a pee party in your garden toward the end of fall then put down some layers of vegetable peelings, leaves and hay has mulch. When spring arrives, your soil will be packed full of nutrients!
7. Urine Acts As A Compost Accelerator
You can use vegetable matter to fertilize your next generation of plants, but composting it takes time. To hurry up the process, use a little urine! The uric acid in urine accelerates compost decomposition. Peeing on your compost pile helps break it down!
8. Urine Helps Fight Fungus In Your Garden
Plants can develop fungal diseases such as leaf rot and downy mildew. Uric acid works great for eliminating and discouraging fungi on plants. Dilute your pee by about 50%, then use a spray bottle to spritz your urine on the affected areas!
Watch the video below for a how-to!
The Orange County Register
Northwest Edible Life
Rodale’s Organic Life
Gardener’s Supply Company