Since it's National Coffee we should talk about coffee in the garden.
Anyways, a smart way that’s not a trend but a tried and true reality is mixing coffee grounds into a compost pile or your garden directly to give it a burst of energy!
Did you know that if you ask the manager if you can have some grounds, they’ll often give you a bagful? I often try to call the night before or in the morning and nicely ask if they can put some grounds to the side for me. I have never been told no yet. Let them know you’re going to use it in the garden and you might get a giant garbage bagful.
Now actual composting is an entirely different subject that I’m sure we’ll get into someday. If your child is wondering more about it, the best way to explain it is “a compost pile is things recycled from your garden and kitchen to help make nutrient-rich additives for your garden soil.” The nutrient-rich additives are like homemade vitamins or fertilizer.
When compost is ready to add to your garden it’s usually dark and crumbly and looks like really good soil. The coffee grounds are high in nitrogen and that’s something that plants really love! Turns out the grounds also provide tons of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.
If you aren’t composting and don’t need a giant bagful of it, you can also add coffee grounds right into the soil. Pour it on top and then scratch a couple inches of into your soil. You can even just sprinkle it right now top and leave it there.
Give plants a coffee shot today!
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