Wake up your Garden with Coffee Grounds

20140527_114359I always remember Grandma saving her coffee grounds for her garden. As I got older with gardens of my own, I either forgot this of couldn’t imagine putting acid-rich coffee grounds on my gardens. As it turned out, granny knew best! Coffee grounds are great for your garden! As I found out not only acid loving plants    ( tomatoes, roses, azaleas & blueberries) love them, but if you mix a tablespoon of garden lime into a five pound bag before you dig them into the soil it will also benefit non-acid loving plants. 

Coffee grounds add minerals, vitamins and nitrogen to the soil so that the vegetables are stockier and less prone to insect infestation.

As with any type of fertilizer, though, don’t overdo it. Mix at the rate of five pounds per three square feet.

You can dilute coffee grounds with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer. Use about a half-pound can of wet grounds in a five-gallon bucket of water,and let them lounge outside  to achieve the ambient temperature.
Sprinkle used grounds around plants before watering, for a slow-release nitrogen.

Some other good uses:

Slug Deterrent

Coffee is a natural slug deterrent slugs hate crawling over the coffee grounds !  Just put coffee grounds in a uniform circle around the plant as a seedling, and keep topping it off with more coffee grounds periodically.

Suppression of Fungal Diseases

coffee-for-my-gardenDecomposing coffee grounds have their own fungal and mold colonies and those fungal colonies tend to fight off other fungal colonies.  The world of teeny, tiny things is fighting for space and resources just as fiercely as the world of big, visible things, and you can use that to your advantage.

The natural mold and fungus colonies on coffee appear to suppress some common fungal rots and wilts, .  If I have coffee grounds on hand, I will throw a handful of grounds into the transplant hole for tomatoes, peppers or eggplant, since these plants tend to be susceptible to various wilts. As granny would say”It can’t hurt!”

And of course you can add it to your compost or add it to you mulch and when you do mulch with it , don’t pile it on. That’s a sure-fire way to get moldy mulch. A good half-inch thick layer atop your normal organic mulch in any one spot will do nicely. It will break down relatively quickly as worms and soil microbes go to work.






May 19

Wake up your Garden with Coffee Grounds

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