The other day I handed my hubby a bucket and a glass of water with the instructions “ get to work, our garden needs you”. Liquid fertilizers purchased at a gardening center can often be quite costly, which is frustrating because they’re highly effective as a nutrient booster for young plants and seedlings, or bringing mature plants back to their former glory. My grandfather beat this conundrum using liquid mixed from grass clippings, there was always a large pile at the back of his garden, fish guts, he was an avid fisherman, sawdust, he was also a woodworker, and various other natural ingredients. Those “other natural ingredients” are where my husband can help with our garden. Healthy human urine is rich in potassium, nitrogen, and phosphates and when mixed with wood shavings it’s been reported to work remarkably well as a fertilizer, with plants producing four times the normal rate. I don’t know if Grandpa ever used urine in his liquid fertilizer recipe but his garden was the envy of all the other gardeners in our small rural community, and I wouldn’t put it past him, he was definitely what would be considered a colorful character.