October 12, 2010 at 9:24 am #253399
Hi all, in a past edition of the ABC Organic Gardener magazine they mentioned a European study about growing Tomatoes very naturally. All that they fertilised them with was human urine and potash. I know that sounds disgusting but urine is sterile in healthy people and if one eats a fairly good balance of organic food then what goes in is fairly well matched by what goes out as excess.
As it happens I have a little spot between this years tomato bed and the orchard which is slowly being colonised by some Iris so I thought I would try growing Tomato el Pissa with just me and some potash as food and water.
I look forward to finding out how natural I can grow the humble fruit. Keep you posted, cheers porgey.October 12, 2010 at 10:46 am #479828AndreKeymaster
Umm.. thanks for the info porgey 😆October 12, 2010 at 11:04 am #479829
I know it sounds rather off but gardeners everywhere scoop up, handle, and spread all sorts of animal manure around there patches often without a second thought about the assimilation into the food they are growing and eating. Why is the turd from a horse, poo from a chicken, crap from a cow, rodney from a goat, and chocky drops from a sheep somehow better and less unsavoury than sterile human urine from the eaters own system.October 12, 2010 at 11:08 am #479830HummerKeymaster
LOL Porgey, I don’t believe it was being deemed unsavoury.. no need to be defensive.. let us know how you go. It certainly is the norm..
Don’t forget some pic’s of the tomatoes 🙂October 12, 2010 at 11:17 am #479831
No I am not being defensive at all, 😀 , just pointing out how social norms seem to consider handling *xxxx*from another species as okay and the yellow stream form ones own temple as something to be flushed away and never considered for its abundant functional uses. Slash on I say 😆October 12, 2010 at 11:36 am #479832mum2twinsMember
Did you watch the Jim Stynes doco a few weeks back??
He drank his own urine everyday to beat his cancer….He claims it is the strongest multi vitamin you can get.October 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm #479833osakasuzMember
Humans, dogs and cats share too many pathogens, so their ‘manure’ is considered toxic to handle. Cows, sheep, horses etc do not share these pathogens, so while I wouldn’t eat it, the manure from these animals is easy to handle.
Like you say, human urine is sterile, and provided you are not on medication (especially chemo drugs), you urine is safe for use on the garden. It can be saved in a bucket, diluted and applied each day. In fact, your urine provides about the same amount of nitrogen required to grow your food…
You’ll find that citrus also benefit from this method of watering!October 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm #479834roundthebendMember
Hell Porgey, my citrus trees are amazing with daily doses of the mellow yellow but not sure if there would be too much nitrogen in it for the the toms:uhoh:…………maybe water it down a bit;)
Will certainly be interested to see how you go with the experiment as it’s one nutrient source we can all access:lol:October 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm #479835roadwarriorMember
When I come home late at night after a shift at work I often releave myself on the soil around certain plants, tomatoes included. I originally started doing it so that flushing the toilet didn’t wake everyone. After seeing the result on the plants that received my “extra nutrients” I started doing it whenever I could. The added nitrogen does wonders for your plants, although I only recommend this for people who aren’t on medication (the meds get excreted through your urine and a lot of them can act like pseudo-estrogen) and you should only urinate on the soil, not the plant itself.
This is easy for the guys…might be a bit harder for the girls. :tongue:October 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm #479836roundthebendMember
A little bucket in the ladies sorts that one out RW;)October 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm #479837geminiscMember
“chockie drops” from sheep…
:lol::lol::lol:October 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm #479838
I dont advocate drinking it just a gentle slash around one particular tomato. Have been doing it around the lemon tree for sometime but have no recordable evidence to see how it works. I haven’t checked the veggie garden for three days but with all the sun and rain I hope they are growing well and have not been devoured by the critters. Here is to a good diet, an empty bladder, a clean dunny, and magnificent tomatoes. Cheers porgey.
geminsec, I love the photo of your pooch, I hope he is a happy chappy. 😀October 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm #479839geminiscMember
thanks porgey 😀 he’s a total wussbag and spends his life seeking out cuddles from anyone who crosses his path =)October 13, 2010 at 12:09 am #479840
I love that sort of warmth in a pooch :hug:. We had a ‘runt of the litter’ kelpie puppy that a farmer was going to put down. Billy was a hopeless sheep dog but he had so much character and bought lots of joy to everyone. And although he pissed everywhere in the garden except on the tomatoes, he helped keep the rabbits & foxes out of the place.October 13, 2010 at 12:20 am #479841roadwarriorMember
Hey that sounds like me…always wanting cuddles and the sworn enemy of rabbits and foxes! I’d be a hopless sheepdog too, and I’ve always been considered a bit of a runt 😆 😆
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