Every day people toss their coffee grounds in the garbage or down the sink. Washing your grounds down your disposal will get rid of any odors that may be lurking around down there, but did you know that you can produce a wonderful and healthy garden by gardening with your organic coffee grounds?
When you mix your coffee grounds with your garden dirt it helps produce nitrogen in the soil. Grounds are 1.45% nitrogen with calcium and magnesium. Is this good? You bet it is! Gardening with organic coffee grounds is very beneficial for your garden and is considered to be green gardening. The nitrogen also attracts earth worms. Earth worms treat it like candy. Earth worms create fertilizer and also aerate the soil so your plants will breathe better and more rapidly get nutrients they need through the roots. Mixing the coffee grounds with your soil helps balance your soil for nitrogen quickly. If you place the coffee grounds and egg shells around your plants it will not only give you a slowly released nitrogen aid for your soil but will also help keep pest away. Ants and slugs are repelled by the coffee grounds and it is said that it will help keep your cat out too!
Watering your plants with a mixture of 2 parts coffee grounds and 10 parts water will give them an instant boost. Mix well in a 5 gallon bucket and let sit in the sun for a few hours. Then water your house plants or patio plants with the nitrogen loaded liquid. If your plants have scale or any other type of leaf bugs or fungus, wipe the plants leaves with the mixture. It will add sparkle and shine to the leaves, get rid of the bugs and give the plant a dose of nitrogen as well as other nutrients and minerals.
You can also throw your coffee filters directly in your compost bin. The filters will decompose fairly quickly and the pH of brewed coffee is very neutral. If the coffee is not brewed first before adding to the garden it is very acidic. The time it takes for the coffee to release its nitrogen is only a few weeks so you need to add coffee grounds to your garden regularly. Save the grounds from your morning pot of coffee and take it out to the garden. Gardening with Organic Coffee Grounds is a great way to go.