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The Power of Pee

The Power of Pee

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An excerpt from The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe

Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields—resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends these principles with detailed information about growing and using five keystone crops that are especially important for anyone seeking greater self-reliance: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.
An excerpt from The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe

Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields—resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends these principles with detailed information about growing and using five keystone crops that are especially important for anyone seeking greater self-reliance: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.

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 Including the Five Crops You Need To Survive anThrive—Potatoes, Corn, Beans, Squash, and Eggs
THE RESILIENT GARDENER
Food Production and Self-Reliancein Uncertain Times
CAROL DEPPE
 
The Resilient Gardener 
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guredthatiftheducksevergotadiseasethat wastransferabletopeople,wewouldprobablycatchitalotfasterandmoredirectlythanviacontaminationonvegetables.Horsemanureishotterthanmanurefromruminants,whodigestamuchlargerpartoftheplantmaterialintheirfeed.Purepoultrymanureisespeciallyhot.Mostmanure,however,isusuallyamixofbeddingandmanure,soitissubstantiallydiluted.OfevengreaterconcerntomebackwhenIwasbuyingcompostisthefactthatthemanureandcompostwereoftenleftoutintherain,soallthesolublenitrogenwouldbeleachedout.If youhaveaccesstomanure,getitasfreshfromthebackendoftheanimalaspossible,haulithome,andcoverthepiletoprotectitfromrain. Whenyouspreadmanureonland,digitinrightaway.Muchoftheimmediatelyavailablenitrogencandissipateintotheairasammonia.Indaysofyore,peopleusedmanurespreadersandspreadthemanuredirectlyonthelandbeforetillingordigging.Thesedays,thoseoperatingonasmallerscaleofteninsteadturnthemanureintocomposttogetaroundanypotentialproblems withdisease.IntraditionalagricultureinJapan,China,andKorea,
humanure 
wasneverwasted.InJapan,forexample,everybitofhumanwastewentinto“honeypots”andwasusedonthegardensandfarms.Thispatternhastobeviewedalongwiththeculturalpatternsinwhichallvegetableswerecooked,andallwaterwasdrunkboiledintodilutetea.Iwasaschool-kidinJapanin1958.Onedaythescienceteacherbroughtinanddissectedpigorganshehadobtainedfromalocalbutchershop.Thedisplayofukeworms,tapeworms,andotherparasiteswasmemorable.However,withhumansbeingsuchalargepartofthebiomassoftheplanet,itisn’tgoingtobe workabletowashvaluablesourcesofnutrientslikehumanexcretoryproductsintothewaterwaysformuchlonger.Buttousehumanure,youneedathoroughcompostingprocessforit.SeeJoseph Jenkins’s
The Humanure Handbook
forinforma-tiononmakingandusinghumanure.IndthefactthatIwastemyownwasteinef-cientandphilosophicallydispleasing.Ihopetohaveacompostingtoiletsomeday.Andpasturesandahomeorchardtoputthehumanurecomposton.Butasforputtinghumanure,evenprop-erlycomposted,uponvegetablelandanytimesoon—thatisn’tinthecards.Wesellsomeofour vegetables.Usinghumanurecompostonthem wouldn’tbelegal.Andevenifitwas,whowouldbuyhumanure-compost-fertilizedvegetables?If youareeatingallyourowncrops,youhavemoreoptions.
 ThePowerofPee
Usinghumanurineisamuchsimplerproposi-tionthanusinghumanure,whichalsocontainsfeces.Urinefromhealthypeoplegenerallydoesn’tcontainpathogenicbacteriaorparasitesandisinfactsterileatthetimeit’sexcreted.Withourcurrentvegetablegarden,peeisofflimitsbecause wesellsomeofthevegetables.Ifeelprettycon-dentaboutthesafetyofpee,butusingitonotherpeople’svegetablesisn’tsomethingIwouldwanttohavetoexplaintoanyone.ButduringpriorerasofmygardeninglifeIusedpeeregularly,thoughintermittently.Iwasneversoshortoffertilityastoneedtocollectallthepee.Instead,Ijustuseditinsituationswhereitwasparticularlyadvantageous.

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