Liquid Gold : The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants, Paperback Book

Liquid Gold : The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants Paperback

Illustrated by Malcolm Wells

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Don't flush it down the loo--! Save your pee and fertilize your garden! Because it is not recycled, our urine is wasted and pollutes the water system.

Yet it could provide 50%-100% of the nutrients needed to grow our food.

Use your pee to make a liquid manure: recycle, save water and energy, and prevent pollution, all at the same time!

In the 19th century you could sell your urine for a penny a bucket-- or 1.5 pennies if you were a redhead.

Early Romans used urine as mouthwash. In some cultures, urine is used to clean wounds and as a health tonic.

Urine can be used in curing leather, and as a tattoo pigment.

Discover the delights of the urine-diverting composting toilet, the activists' urinal, and the urinal for women; find out about customs and rituals connected with urine, the science and technology of its use, and profiles of liquid gold at work all over the world in farms and gardens.

Take to the fresh air when nature calls and fertilize your garden for free with Carol Steinfeld's entertaining and fact-filled book!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 104 pages, b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Green Books
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  • Category: Fertilizers & manures
  • ISBN: 9781903998489



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For squeamish westerners the book starts with demonstrations of the past universality of using urine both as a fertiliser and as a prime supplier of nitrogenous compounds for other uses, for example as a source of saltpetre for gunpowder. Practical methods of small-scale use are discussed, and then the nonsensical way that via sewage systems we waste it by polluting waterways and seas while importing or manufacturing fertilisers containing nitrogen for plant food.