Used Coffee Grounds — Put Them to Use in Your Garden
If you’re looking for an organic, totally eco-friendly fertilizer for your garden plants, then give used coffee grounds a try. Used coffee grounds are slightly acidic and full of beneficial nitrogen, a mineral that aids vegetable and plant growth. Coffee grounds are especially good to use on your tomato plants and pepper plants, which really thrive on nitrogen.
In addition, coffee grounds, will create a natural acidic form of bacteria in your garden soil which boosts the growth of not just your tomatoes and pepper plants, but also other acid-loving plants like roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, blueberries and even evergreens.
For use as fertilizer, you can simply incorporate some of the grounds into the soil, gently working them in around and near the base of the plant. Just sprinkle the grounds around the plant’s base and work them into the soil a little — you can even use your hands to do this, or use a garden trowel.
Benefits of Using an Organic Fertilizer vs. a Synthetic One
- Not only are you using something organic if you opt to give coffee grounds a try, you are recycling too! Instead of those grounds going down the garbage disposal or into your trash, you’re recycling them into your garden soil. But on top of this, you’re helping the environment in a number of ways:
- Are you aware that synthetic fertilizers, such as Miracle-Gro®, contain ammonium phosphate and several other chemicals that can be toxic to your soil and plants? So, you’re not adding anything toxic into your soil.
- Synthetic fertilizers are prohibited from use in certified-organic farming. So, you’re maintaining an organic growing environment.
- Over application of a synthetic fertilizer will kill the friendly soil-microbes that need to exist in your garden soil. So, you’re encouraging healthy soil, not killing off the natural beneficial Mother nature intended to be in our soil.
And finally, you’re not contributing to environmental pollution. You’re not buying a product that had to be manufactured (possible air pollution issues), packaged (manufacturing of containers, outer packages, etc. which might mean more possible air pollution), and then transported (fuel use; even more possible air pollution) to the store. You get the idea.
If you’re not a coffee drinker
So, think about using coffee grounds as a wonderful organic fertilizer instead of a synthetic one. If you’re not a coffee drinker, just check out a local coffee shop — most are happy to give away their used grounds, and many (Starbuck’s being one) have a special can in their store where they place their used coffee grounds so eco-conscious gardeners can come and take them home.