Sprinkle Coffee Grounds In The Garden For Better Plants
Marilyn Caylor 6/1/2017
If you love to drink coffee and spend time in the garden, why not combine the two pastimes? It just so happens that used coffee grounds are like magic fairy dust when it comes to cultivating a beautiful plant paradise.
All it takes is a few sprinkles of coffee grounds to transform a drab garden into Cinderella-looking one.
Just check out the tips below to find out how you can give your wilted garden a coffee boost!
Change The Color Of Blooms
The dark brown color of coffee grounds can actually make your pink hydrangea blooms turn bright blue! That's because hydrangeas can take on a new hue when the soil's acidity changes. Since coffee grounds are known to alter the pH of soil, you have the power to create new colors right at your fingertips.
A Sweeter Smelling Rose
Coffee grounds have a high nitrogen content, which can make your rose bushes even more fruitful! Roses need neutral to slightly acidic pH to flourish, which coffee grounds can provide.
To make an organic coffee fertilizer that your roses will love to feed off of, mix used coffee grounds with the compost heap from your kitchen. Sprinkle this around the base of your rose bushes, and the resulting blooms will be even more bountiful!
Grow Lots Of Healthy Veggies
When you add coffee grounds to your veggie patch, you'll be giving it more than just a jolt of caffeine! Coffee grounds can give your vegetables a slow and steady supply of nitrogen while they're still in the early growing stages. But, don't just dump the coffee on top of your garden - you'll need to get your hands dirty and mix the grounds directly into the soil.
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Serve Your Veggies A Side Dish
Vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, and lettuce are voracious nitrogen-feeders, and the stuff they find in the ground might not be enough to feed their big appetites. Thankfully, the nutrients found in coffee grounds can help your vegetable garden thrive. Just till coffee grounds into the soil - it's the equivalent of feeding your veggies a delicious side dish of nitrogen!
Or Give Them An Energy Drink
Mist tired-looking plants with a DIY coffee spray that will pep up them up in no time! First, brew up a batch of coffee as usual, then dilute a cup of the fresh java with 1/2 cup of water. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle, and spritz it directly onto your plants. They'll lap up this nitrogen-infused energy drink as if it were candy!
Feed Beneficial Worms
Worms can recycle leftover coffee grounds into nutrients that plants need to grow big and strong. Put used grounds into your worm composting bin, and wait for the squirmy little guys to do their thing. After the worms are finished excreting nutrients into the compost, you can sprinkle the upgraded mixture around your garden.
Keep Pets At Bay
Nothing can ruin a garden faster than a dog or cat that has decided to dig into all your hard work. To stop poor Fido from waking up in the dog house, sprinkle coffee grounds around your plants. While the aroma of coffee may lift your spirits, animals have a strong sense of smell, and coffee isn't at the top of their "love it" list.
Make Your Compost Nutrient-Dense
Decomposing coffee grounds add a host of beneficial nutrients to your compost pile, such as copper, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Use this upgraded plant fertilizer to grow the best garden ever!
Stop Fungal Diseases
Coffee's anti-fungal properties make it an ideal solution for stopping fungal diseases from taking over your garden. Fungal species like Fusarium and Pythium are no match against your favorite java! Just mix used coffee grounds into the soil, and the bad guys will go bye-bye.
Use It As Sheet Mulch
Coffee grounds can not only deter pests and aerate the soil, but it's also gaining popularity as an organic mulch ingredient! Be sure to only use a thin layer of grounds, as a thick layer tends to get moldy. For best results, you should layer the coffee grounds on top of another organic mulch, such as grass clippings.
Grow Oyster Mushrooms Without Soil
Growing oyster mushrooms at home is pretty easy - you can even use coffee grounds in place of regular soil. Start by drilling a few holes in the side of a 5-gallon bucket, which helps release CO2 once the lid is in place. Next, fill the bucket with spent coffee grounds, and evenly spread the oyster mushroom spawn on top. For more info, check out the full DIY instructions for this edible project here.
Deter Pesky Slugs
Household pets aren't the only thing that can ruin your garden - the average slug can do quite a number on your precious plants, too! Thankfully, coffee grounds pack a whammy as an all-natural slug deterrent. For some reason, slugs quiver and shake at the thought of crawling over the rough coffee grounds, so they'll avoid it at all cost.
Nitrogen-rich coffee grounds can probably do more good for the health of your garden than it does for you. So the next time you brew up a cup of black coffee, be sure to save some leftovers for your plants!
Sources: Bonnie Plants, Do It Yourself, Balcony Garden Web, eHow, Celcius Coffee, WikiHow, Serious Eats, Fresh Organic Gardening, Balcony Garden Web, Northwest Edible Life, Balcony Garden Web FB Image Credit: YouTube/Gary Pilarchik