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Liquid Gold

Liquid GoldTo round out my cruise reading, I hunted down Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants by Carol Steinfeld.  I've been wanting to integrate urine into our homestead fertility plan more rigorously, but got stuck on not knowing if the salts would build up in the soil.  I'm disappointed to say that Liquid Gold didn't precisely answer that question, but it is a great jumping off point for our own experiments.

The book is very slim, but the price is low --- $10 plus $2 shipping on the Liquid Gold website --- so I wasn't too disappointed that I could sum up the garden-related information in just a few short pages.  And I was certainly amused and intrigued by the cute pictures and fun factoids.  For example, did you know that in nineteenth century London, people sold their urine for a penny per bucket for fixing dye?  And that numerous cultures have drunk human urine for ceremonial or health purposes?  Clearly, there's a lot to learn about plain old pee.

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This post is part of our Urine Fertilizer lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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