While your neighbour probably won’t appreciate the sight, peeing in your garden has multiple benefits.
If you can get past ‘peeing’ bit, you will find that urine has a number of different uses. Fresh urine can act as an excellent fertiliser or as a compost accelerator, among other things.
Peeing in the garden has conveniently been used by gardeners and farmers through the years. If you’re hesitating, though, here are six convincing reasons why you should spend a penny in the garden every now and then, or at least collect some wee in a container you don’t intend to reuse, for use on your soil.
Just like animals, you also need to mark your territory. If an animal smells the scent of your urine, there’s a good chance they’ll steer clear. The scent of human urine can keep away cats, foxes and rabbits.
Due to its high nitrogen content, human urine is a fantastic organic fertiliser. As you may know, plants need more nitrogen than any other element, as it’s used to synthesise amino acids, enzymes, proteins and chlorophyll.
Surprisingly, one person’s urine is enough to fertilise up to one-tenth of an acre for a year. If you do use urine as a fertiliser, be sure to dilute to 20 parts water and one part pee.
As well as nitrogen, urine contains phosphorus and potassium, which helps replenish soil that is depleted of minerals. Autumn is supposedly the best time to pee on your soil. Why? By the time spring rolls around, the soil will be loaded with nutrients.
Urine is filled with uric acids that are great weed killers. To get rid of any unwanted weeds, simply shower them with fresh urine.
Decomposition can take time. The uric acid, already present in urine, accelerates compost decomposition, making a leak on your composting pile is actually a fantastic idea.
Plants can develop fungal diseases such as leaf rot and downy mildew. The acid from your urine works great for eliminating fungi on plants. How? Dilute your pee to 50 percent, then use a spray bottle to spray on the affected area.