Re: [tomato] Dianes questions on manure.

Byron.Bromley (
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 09:26:19 -0500


Ever think of composting in a 5 gal bucket like a pastery or
pickle bucket.? Could even bury it 95% so neighbors couldn't see it

Urea, If you read the ingredents list on most garden fertilizers, you
will find that most of the nitrogen is derived from animal urea.

The wildest posting I have ever seen on any garden BB, someone
was using cow urine as a bug spray.


From: Orchid <>
Subject: Re: [tomato] Dianes questions on manure.
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 1999 8:24 AM

 I deleted some of the manure posts.  My sister has one rabbit, certainly
not able to fertilize my entire garden.  I asked her to save the rabbit
pellets, and then I wondered if it would be good for my garden...something
about urine, urea in the manure?  I don't have, nor do I have the room for
compost pile, can the rabbit manure be used directly in garden, or as a
manure "tea"?  Any precautions I should know about?  Should I even bother?

Pete, Zone 10, South Florida
-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Reynolds <>
To: Tomato List <>
Date: Monday, March 08, 1999 9:28 PM
Subject: [tomato] Dianes questions on manure.

>You can either directly apply the manure or compost it.  I don't know
>how much you produce, but, if the urea in the urine is a concern in the
>rabbit manure, composting will help with that problem.  Composting is a
>way of getting ammonia and urea to a more organic form instead of losing
>them to the environment as a gas.
>Basically, what happens is composting helps the inorganic forms of
>nitrogen (N), such as ammonia, urea, nitrates and nitrites change to a
>organic N.  This is called denitrification.  Nitrification is the
>reverse.  However, nitrification generally goes to just the nitrate
>form.  Nitrites are an intermediary and aren't of much concern because
>they are so short lived, but, just the same, they are highly toxic to
>most living forms.
>If you have tight soils, the addition of just the manures as they are
>will help with the tilth of those soils.  Basically making them easier
>to work if there is enough manure put down in a small enough area.
>Of course, any urine is raunchy, as you call it.  :-))
>Paul Reynolds
>Austin Texas