You may not know this, but humans aren’t the only ones who love their coffee. Plants, soil, and even worms love a nice, warm serving of coffee, but they’re usually okay with just spent coffee grounds. Coffee grounds have numerous benefits and advantages for the garden, and here are just a few of them! Tip: Starbucks coffee will give away their leftover coffee grounds to those who ask for them! Free of charge, of course!
Coffee grounds are great in compost piles because they help the food items decompose faster than normal. However, make sure that your coffee grounds don’t exceed 25% of the total compost or else the acidity can cause problems.
Take coffee grounds and sprinkle a thin layer around your plants. Make sure to do this before you water or before it rains. That way the water will seep down and take the nitrogen from the coffee grounds into the soil.
Mix coffee grounds with either wood chips or saw dust and make your own mulch. The coffee grounds help regulate the mulch’s moisture so it doesn’t get too dry. It also keeps the mulch aerated, maximizing its usage.
Take your coffee grounds and spread them out on sheets of newspaper. Let the grounds dry and then store them in a bag. Use your dried coffee grounds as a nitrogen-rich fertilizer within three weeks.
Mix ½ lb. of coffee grounds in 5 gallons of water. Let the mixture sit for a day and then pour it onto your plants that are in need of some more nutrients.
Some gardeners believe that the smell of coffee grounds and its makeup help keep insects and damaging pests away. Sprinkle coffee grounds around your plants and garden and keep those pests that like chewing on your fruits and veggies out!
Soak coffee grounds in water and use the mixture as a spray for your plants. Make sure to spray the whole plant, and don’t forget the underside of the leaves. The coffee grounds add nutrients to the water that can help boost the strength of your plants.
Coffee grounds have been known to keep plants strong and healthy, even enough to ward off fungal infection. Put the coffee grounds around the stem and base of your plants to prevent them from catching any fungi.
Although it may be gross, worm bins are a great way to get essential nutrients into the soil of your plants. And worms LOVE a serving of coffee grounds. So add some to your worm bin and watch the nutrients come piling into your soil!
Ward off Animals
Many animals (especially cats and dogs) don’t like the smell of coffee grounds, which is great if you have an unwanted visitor traipsing through your garden. Simply spread coffee grounds wherever the animal likes to make itself and home and you should stop seeing the pesky guest soon enough!