Friday, August 17, 2012

Farming Friday - Save Those Coffee Grounds For The Garden!

Save Those Coffee Grounds For The Garden!

Millions of pots of coffee and tea are brewed across the United States and the world every day.  This means lots of coffee grounds, spent tea leaves, bags, filters and the like are thrown in the trash every day also.  Many years ago I read that coffee grounds are good for your gardern.  Additionally, the filters and bags break down quickly in the compost heap.  The grounds are especially good for your acid loving plants and can be used in your farm and garden in the following ways:

  • Sprinkle used grounds around plants before a rain or waters for a dose of slow-release nitrogen
  • If you have a large amount of grounds they can be spread on your lawn.  The lawn will love it!
  • Add them to your compost pile to balance nitrogen
  • Dilute with water for a gentle, fast acting fertilizer.  Put about a half pound grounds in a 5 gallon bucket.  Fill with water and let set for a few hours before using.
  • Mix right into the soil in your garden or even in the soil for your houseplants
  • Add grounds to crushed egg shells and make a circle of this mixture around your plants for pest control.
  • In to Worms?  If you do worm composting the worms love used coffee grounds and spent tea

Psalm 107:37 "And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest."

Proverb's 20:4 "The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing."

Matthew 9:37 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few."

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