Coffee by-products can be used in the garden and farm as follows:
- Sprinkle used grounds around plants before rain or watering, for a slow-release nitrogen.
- If you have an over abundance of grounds you can apply them directly on your lawn, very good for your grass!
- Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance. Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during composting.
- Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer. Use about a half-pound can of wet grounds in a five-gallon bucket of water; let sit outdoors to achieve ambient temperature.
- Mix into soil for houseplants or vegetable beds.
- Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests.
- If you are into worm composting, feed a little bit to your worms
It is easy to collect coffee grounds from your office. Just put an empty coffee can next to the coffee maker. Empty once a week or as needed. Once people get wind of what you're doing, don't be surprised if others want the grounds, too! I have also heard of people going to their local coffee house and asking them to save their used grounds as well, most of the time they are happy to get rid of them! Or ask your neighbors to save them for you as well!
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