Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

| 8/29/2017 9:16:00 AM

Tags: soil building, compost, coffee grounds, food scraps, food waste, Joshua Burman Thayer,

Here in California, many of us know much more about the best restaurant in our neighborhood than we do about the best local garden. We know which cafe has the best coffee roast more than the ins-and-outs of good soil biology. Fortunately, there are some easy to follow steps to enhance your backyard soil, without breaking the bank.  In fact, there is a natural and beneficial soil amendment right under your nose! That's right: Coffee grounds are a great natural food source for the soil. So, follow these simple steps and stop throwing away your spent coffee grounds.

1. Separate coffee grounds from your other compost. Also remove paper sleeve if possible.

2. Identify heavy feeders in your garden. Heavy feeders are plants that welcome regular nutrients. 

List of some Heavy Feeders:

Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, Avocado, Tomato, Squash, Pumpkin, Corn, Roses, Camelias, Magnolias, Azaleas

Note: Many California Native plants and Mediterranean plants (*Ie: Sages and Lavenders) do NOT want such rich nutrients regularly added to their roots. Please avoid such plants and stick to heavy feeding perennials and vegetables.

3/24/2018 4:23:12 PM

Thank you for this tip. I've decided to try growing my veggies from seed for the first time and I could use all the help I can find!

2/2/2018 8:17:35 AM

Can you add too much coffee to your compost, making it to heavy in nitrogen?

2/2/2018 8:17:33 AM

Can you add too much coffee to your compost, making it overly rich in nitrogen?

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