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.

| June/July 2008

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






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