Thursday, May 26, 2016
Benefits of Coffee Grounds in Your Garden
Sick of throwing out cup after cup of grounds after your morning caffeine fixes? With their high nutrient content, coffee grounds can be used to make your garden thrive. They are naturally acidic and high in nutrients like nitrogen and potassium, making them a great choice for alkaline soils or nutrient-poor gardens. With a little creativity, coffee grounds can be used to help in a variety of other garden tasks as well!
Did You Know?
Coffee Grounds can be used as:
One of the simplest ways to use leftover grounds is to add them to the rest of your compost. Here in our showroom, we use a Breville Knockbox
to hold all our Coffee Grounds. In addition to providing extra organic matter, coffee grounds are able to speed up the decomposing process in compost. Getting this benefit is as easy as pouring the leftover grounds into the compost pile and mixing to incorporate them.
- Fertilizer & Mulch for Plants:
On their own, coffee grounds have a pH of about 5.1 — fairly acidic compared to the soil in most gardens. Though this can be too acidic for some plants, it's perfect for some that require extra-high acidity. Just sprinkle a handful of grounds near the roots of the plants at the start of the growing season to get the acidifying effect. Blueberries, cranberries, and citrus fruits like coffee added to their soil. Other coffee-loving plants include camellias, gardenias, rhododendrons, and vireyas.
- It can help keep insects such as slugs and snails out of your plants and garden:
Slugs and snails can chew up your most prized plants, but they are not fond of coffee grounds. Sprinkle a handful of grounds around the bases of plants you want to protect. If you're worried about increasing the acidity of the soil, make a solid ring of grounds farther away from the base.
- It can double as a Cat Repellent:
Coffee grounds aren't just good for tiny pests. They can also be used to keep feline friends from playing in your delicate plants. In this case, use the grounds just as you'd use them to repel snails — sprinkle them around the plants you want to protect. The acidifying effect on the soil may be unavoidable here due to how much you'll need to use.
- It can be used as worm food:
If you participate in vermiculture (raising worms), you have a great opportunity to use up your coffee grounds. Worms love to eat coffee grounds, so feel free to add plenty to your worm bin or a worm-containing compost pile. Note, however, that coffee grounds should be part of a balanced diet: fruit and vegetable scraps, newspaper, leaves, and so on should accompany any coffee grounds you add.
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Have a Beautiful day, and an Espresso Bella!