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Post  carolintexas on 5/14/2010, 3:40 am

My son works for Starbucks and they will save up the day's coffee grounds and give them to you free...just ask. My son brings home a trash bag full every now and then and I have been dumping them on top of my garden beds', what I don't put in the compost bin. Does anyone know if I am doing the right thing by pouring a layer of coffee grounds right on my beds of veggies? I've been doing that about twice a week for the past couple of weeks. Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Back to the grinds....I would imagine any place that sells coffee would not mind saving the grinds for you, especially if you leave a bucket with a lid with them.
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Post  camprn on 5/14/2010, 6:29 am

Top dressing with coffee grounds is great. They are neutral pH and the worms love them, a lot. Spread them out well though. you don't need more than an inch on the beds, the rest will compost well. Good for slug control. My friend, the coffee roaster, has one of the most beautiful gardens. news article
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Post  Bec on 5/14/2010, 8:23 am

Hmmm. I just read the article and it mentioned the benefits of caffeine. I put my coffee grounds in my compost but I only drink decaf (my nerves don't tolerate caffeine). I wonder if it's important to have caffeine in there as well.

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Post  timwardell on 5/14/2010, 8:34 am

Thanks for the article camprn. ...gotta' get me some coffee grounds.
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Post  Shoda on 5/14/2010, 7:40 pm

Thanks for the information! I have been using used grounds around my lemon tree but didn't think about their use around the veggies! Nice information.
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Post  auntij on 5/14/2010, 9:51 pm

OK maybe I missed it somewhere, but can plants be watered with diluted coffee? I don't usually make coffee (if on the rare occasion I drink it, I go to Dunkin Donuts). My worms love coffee grinds and if my green babies would too I am hardly one to deprive them. I have no problem brewing up coffee for them to have the grinds, but can the plants also benefit from the actual coffee?
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Post  Bec on 5/15/2010, 6:49 am

After reading about feeding houseplants with your leftover coffee that you would normally dump I decided to try it. I did it for the first time yesterday to one plant. (That's all the leftover coffee I have enough for.) I just looked at it and I do believe the the leaves are actually looking healthier and glossy already. Amazing! I haven't fertilized my houseplants in ages but I think I've just found an easy solution to my laziness.

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