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    Shall have to try some "urine" on the compost, instead of p----ing it up the wall at the pub! Might get double pleasure from drinking the beer and eating my crops!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcofez View Post
    Shall have to try some "urine" on the compost, instead of p----ing it up the wall at the pub! Might get double pleasure from drinking the beer and eating my crops!!!
    Make sure you get it on at ground level for plants like lettuce etc (I know some people won't use it on edibles). I do dilute it with water if I'm doing a whole bed of say celeriac/turnips/leeks if I want to make sure all the plants have had some. Of course bringing it home from the pub can cause some problems, you will have to start home brewing.
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    Ahem guys...when you've quite finished

    Thanks once more to the Grapevine family for your helpful comments.

    Home composting mission phase 1 completed yesterday

    In went all the sacks of goo. We started with a couple of spent compost to soak up all the lovely juices that were to follow and then added the sacks of food waste and chicken do do and bedding. We stirred, gagged, walked away, stirred again, and complained about the burning off of our nose hairs and laughed a lot - trying not to open our mouths!

    We (well DH) cut the grass and we added in a couple of thin layers of grass clippings as well as a couple of layers of kitchen roll tubes (won't need them for the leek bed up at the allotment after all now) and in no time at all peace was restored. Bags of fermenting goo gone from the driveway, a nice cut lawn in time for the showers that followed and an alleyway complete with new composter surrounded by air fresh as a daisy.

    Thanks again for your advice - please feel free if you see me on other posts bumbling around the issue to tease me about over thinking things. I need that poke in the ribs from time to time....and by the way fellas my OH uses his "compost accelerator" as a fox deterrent around our chicken run :0

    Marchogaeth - I have not forgotten your advice (from another thread) about posting on the introduce yourself thread. I just really needed to get those sacks off my driveway. See you around

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchogaeth View Post
    Pee is just brilliant stuff. We have a bucket outside the house in the shrubbery and nip out to it as long as the weather's not too awful. Each night it goes on any crop that needs nitrogen or into one of the compost bins.
    Now I am not trying to discourage anybody from using Pee as it is a brilliant activator for compost, but people shouldn't use pee if they are sick or on medication.
    There maybe unwanted pathogens that sick people shouldn't really be passing about or it is possible that medications in urine can have a harmful affect on plants.

    It's highly unlikely that sick people with the flu for example are going to get out of their sick bed to pee in the garden, or that medications will be in large enough quantities in urine to cause harm, but just best to be sensible with pee use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanny Chicken View Post
    We stirred, gagged, ... complained about the burning off of our nose hairs
    Done properly (ie with enough carbon/browns to balance the nitrogen/greens, the compost heap won't smell. I have 2 daleks full of dog poop, 12' from the kitchen door, and nobody knows they're there

    Quote Originally Posted by Keeks View Post
    people shouldn't use pee if they are sick or on medication.
    There maybe unwanted pathogens
    A little sensible consideration is required here. I'm not going to pass on a cold via my pee, and no harm is coming to anyone or any thing from the minute traces of tramadol that may be in my pee, which anyway is quickly broken down by the "good" bacteria in the environment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    DA little sensible consideration is required here. I'm not going to pass on a cold via my pee, and no harm is coming to anyone or any thing from the minute traces of tramadol that may be in my pee, which anyway is quickly broken down by the "good" bacteria in the environment
    Exactly .
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    I'm going to use it as an activator for my compost.
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