Use Coffee Grounds In Your Garden

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by Andre Desomier No Comments

Coffee grounds are an excellent addition to your garden. The grounds have a 20 to 1 ratio of nitrogen to carbon and perfect for growing plants like tomatoes. There are a few ways you can use coffee grounds in your garden.

Add to your compost. Coffee grounds speed up the decomposing process in compost. Add two teaspoons of lime for every 5 kilograms of coffee grounds. Don’t use more than a quarter of the heap as coffee grounds and keep the size of the heap small.

Add grounds to plants that need a pH between 3.0 and 5.0. Adding coffee grounds to hydrangeas is good for blue blooms. Blueberries, cranberries and citrus fruits also like coffee added to their soil. Other coffee-loving plants include camellias, gardenias, rhododendrons, and vireyas.

Use it as mulch and add the coffee grounds directly into your garden as a mulch and soil conditioner. Add a pinch of lime to ensure that the pH is adequately balanced.

Coffee grounds are great in deterring pests such as slugs and snails. They don’t tend to like coffee grounds sprinkled around plants.