Country Lore: Reusing Tea and Coffee Grounds in Compost

You can reuse tea bags and coffee grounds in compost materials. Ask your favorite coffee shop to save their coffee grounds to put into your garden compost pile.
By Clare Hafferman
June/July 2008
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Help Us Confirm: Do Spent Coffee Grounds Protect Cabbage Plants?

Help us determine if a mixture of coffee grounds and eggshells can protect your cabbages from pest d...

Peak Coffee?

As climate variability causes coffee yields to shrink and prices to soar, we may need to start looki...

Coffee-Powered Car Goes 66.5 MPH

Across the pond, engineer Martin Bacon and a team of volunteers have created a coffee-powered car th...

3 Ways to Compost

Three easy ways to compost in small spaces and with little effort.

If you are a tea drinker, you can add used tea bags to the compost bucket. I recycle spent loose tea by sprinkling it in the garden row when planting radishes. I find it is a deterrent to the little root maggots that bite into the radishes before I get the chance.

If there is a coffee house near you, ask the manager to save the coffee grounds so you can use coffee grounds in compost material. Some coffee houses also offer, for a nominal price, the burlap bags the coffee beans are shipped in. You can use these bags, dampened, to shield seeds while they germinate in the garden.

Clare Hafferman
Kalispell, Montana








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.