- Coffee grounds provide a good mulch for fast growing vegetables and will also help reduce slugs and snails. Using coffee grounds and crushed egg shells around those plants that slugs love such as hostas and lillies, will keep them at bay.
- Coffee grounds help keep kitties from using the garden as a litter box. Spread grounds and orange peels around your beds.
- Coffee grounds are said to repel ants.
- Diluted coffee grounds in water is good instant fertilizer for houseplants. You can also sprinkle grounds around the base of plants before watering for a slow release of nitrogen. But like any fertilizer - don't overdo it, as coffee/grounds can be acidic.
- Throw your coffee grounds into the compost bin. When they are mixed with other organic materials you will have a rich compost.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Saving Coffee Grounds for my Garden
I've been doing so more research on frugal ideas for my garden. I learned that egg shells provide calcium to the garden, while coffee grounds provide a nitrogen, as well as magnesium, calcium, potassium and other trace minerals. Nitrogen and calcium help keep garden soil and plants healthy. Acid loving plants respond well to coffee grounds and coffee.