Category Archives: Humanure

Adding Humanure Compost to A Garden (video)

Adding Humanure Compost to A Garden

Jenkins adds material to one compost bin for a year, then switches to the second bin for year two.  At the end of year two, the contents of the first bin are ready to use for gardening.  Pathogens are not present.

It’s pretty awesome that he’s been doing this for 30+ years with no issues at all…safe to say he knows what he’s talking about!

Humanure Compost Toilets at a Music Festival

Humanure Compost Toilets at a Music Festival

The commentary on this one is unanimous: Compost toilets worked wonderfully, even at a 500 person music festival.  I wonder what to do when you have a festival somewhere that doesn’t have a spot for a compost pile nearby…perhaps a pile that stays on a flatbed?

Compost toilets don’t smell.  Use sawdust.  It masks the smell best, and it smells good as it is.

Compost toilets don’t use nasty chemicals like what is found in your typical porta-potty.

There’s little to no bugs.  After several days of using porta-potties, the smell and amount of bugs is pretty nasty.

This video was five years ago…I wonder how many other events have taken on this system… if this doesn’t sell you on how great humanure composting is, I don’t know what will.

MIgardener Update Marathon – Compost Pile (video)

MIgardener Update Marathon – Compost Pile

Great video of a super simple compost pile doing what it does…love it!

Based on such a huge volume of leaves and grass (I’m jealous), that alone is enough to get hot composting in action.  I have a feeling his pile was hotter than the guesstimate of 90 degrees.

If he was right, however, he could definitely help out his pile temperature by adding humanure to it… 🙂

Compost Toilet System (video)

Compost Toilet System

In the spirit of humanure composting, I started looking at other videos on Youtube besides those created by the master Joseph Jenkins to see what’s happening.

After reading Humanure Handbook twice, it was interesting to see this system in place and wonder where they adapted it from.

My main question is simply why they go to all the trouble of having dozens of buckets sitting around with small quantities of material in them when they could just build two 5’x5’x5′ compost bins and do it that way instead.  Either way, composting is composting and it’s great to see this going on.

Also, regarding their compost toilet, she mentions the only odors being from when there’s too much urine…this can simply be solved by adding more cover materials.

I started humanure composting recently, and my main challenge has simply been collecting enough cover materials (sawdust, specifically).  Once I can get a good sawdust hookup, I can finally devote myself entirely instead of every once in a while.  Unless you have a good supply of cover materials, the process will not work.

I’ve even started feeling funny when I use the toilet now… I’ve been viewing each dump as an opportunity lost, so I know I’m hooked!  After only adding one 5 gallon bucket’s worth of humanure to my compost pile, the temperature shot up to just shy of 130 degrees within a few days and stayed there, which is simply awesome.

By the way, if you haven’t read Humanure Handbook it will truly throw your head for a spin, which is always needed.  The first chapter is super heavy and a great reality check, and the best is how thoroughly researched it is to back it up.  It’s right up there with Rubbish! as being my all-time favorite book for sure.  I guess I should write a full-on book review to really hit it home how essential this book is…