Coffee and organic gardening

Every day across America, Asia and Europe, millions of pots of coffee and tea are brewed, and the millions of pounds of wet grounds, filters and bags thrown in the trash.  This is both wasteful and foolish.

Coffee by-products can be used in the garden and farm as follows:

  1. Sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the garden just before a big rain is supposed to come. This is a great way to slowly release some much needed nitrogen into your garden. This is great for nourishing your soil if you were not already blessed with fabulous soil conditions.
  1. To make a mild fertilizer, dilute half pound wet coffee grounds in 5 gallons of water and add to a spray bottle. Spray on your newly planted crops for some extra nourishment.
  1. Encircle vegetable crops like cabbage, Swiss chard, and radishes with a mix of your mild coffee fertilizer and egg shells, these work to repel pests like slugs which can chew leaves and do major damage to your crops.
  1. For vermicomposters, sprinkle some coffee for the worms to nosh on. Vermicomposting uses earthworms to turn organic wastes into very high quality compost. This is often an excellent way of composting kitchen wastes.
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