How To Use Coffee Grounds In the Garden To Fertilize Your Plants, and Many Other Uses for Old Coffee Grounds!
The most common use of coffee grounds as a plant fertilizer is for acid-loving plants. Some examples of acid-loving plants include roses, blueberries, azaleas, hydrangeas and rhododendrons.
Coffee grounds also work well for plants that don’t love acid, but to do this you need to blend in about one tablespoon of garden lime for about five pounds of coffee grounds. Then you can use the mixture directly in your garden soil by mixing it in, or place it in your general compost pile for later use.
A good amount of coffee grounds to use is approximately five pounds of coffee grounds for ever three square feet of garden.
What is so great about using old coffee grounds to fertilize plants in gardening?
Vitamins minerals and lots of nitrogen are provided by old coffee grounds resulting in healthier plants. Old farmers in the know will tell you that huge carrots, melons and tomatoes have been grown with old coffee grounds as fertilizer.
They will also tell you that the use of coffee grounds helps in warding off insect infestations and other problems. Mixing coffee grounds into your garden improves the overall structure of the soil and the health of the garden, while also improving the availability of magnesium, phosphorus and copper.
Blending the Coffee Grounds Into Your Garden Soil
It is recommended that you mix in the grounds with the soil to a depth of about eight inches. As coffee grounds decompose they release nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and also provide a source of calcium and magnesium.
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Coffee grounds (after coffee brewing) are slightly to highly acidic but no more than peat moss. By spreading out the used coffee grounds over the whole planting area it helps to minimize the pH effect.
Some experts have recommended using about ten pounds of dry used coffee grounds for every one thousands square feet, if you want to be fairly conservative and avoid over-application for non acid-loving plants.
Coffee grounds can also be used just like leafy and green material in you compost. With a 20:1 carbon to nitrogen ratio, coffee grounds recycle well when mixed with some dry, brown plants when added to the composting bin.
Some people prefer to dilute the used coffee grounds with some water and use it as a faster acting liquid fertilizer. For this you can use about one-fourth to one-half pound of used coffee grounds in about five gallons of water to produce a slow-releasing nitrogen boost to the garden.
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Some gardeners also place their crushed eggshells in the garden along with the coffee grounds and have found that it helps the soil hold in its moisture while also acting as a deterrent to slugs and ants.
Don’t overdo it on the applications however, especially on your houseplants because too many moist coffee grounds may cause fungus growth that can hurt the plants. After you use coffee grounds make sure and just water the plants once they have become dry.
Many Other Uses For Used Coffee Grounds!
Coffee grounds are used by many people for a whole variety of use which some people swear by even though they are not yet supported by any scientific studies.
Some well-known uses of coffee grounds include as an exfoliant for skin (massage onto skin and then rinse), to add shine to the hair (mix grounds into your wet hair and then rinse), as a skin mask,
Used with orange peels in the garden it is said to repel cats that may use your garden as a litter box. Rub coffee grounds into your dogs fur after its bath and then rinse. This is said to help repel flea infestations.
Furniture scratches may be removed with coffee grounds, and it works as an abrasive cleaner though you have to be careful not do use it on things that may be stained by the coffee. Coffee grounds mixed with warm water creates a dye that can be used on Easter eggs or on paper or fabric.
A small tray of used coffee grounds in the freezer with some drops of vanilla added are used to deodorize the freezer. Coffee grounds wrapped up in cheesecloth or old nylons can make a sachet that is hung up in a closet to absorb odors.