Wake Up and Smell the… Coffee? Roses? … Both?
We bet you had a nice, energizing cup of joe this morning, didn’t you? Did you know that those leftover grounds that we usually throw away can have other uses, particularly around the garden? Phew! Good thing I got to you in time for gardening season, which is just itching to blossom! Coffee grounds are excellent for the soil, and can aid in other areas of your year-to-year gardening issues. Let us show you how!
Coffee Grounds to Aid in Composting
Add coffee grounds to your compost pile to boost nitrogen levels. This can aid in the breakdown process of your compost. You can even throw in your used coffee filters, too. Note: Coffee grounds are considered green compost, so you will also have to add brown compost for a well-rounded compost pile.
Use Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer
Coffee grounds can be used as an excellent fertilizer. Adding organic materials, such as coffee grounds, to your soil can aid in drainage, water retention, and aeration of your soil. In addition, there are many crops that thrive from the use of coffee grounds as fertilizer, such as carrots, roses, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons.
Deter Pests with Coffee
Just like humans get a caffeine rush from coffee, pests in our gardens do, too. Little creepy crawlies that like to snack on our precious crops do not like coffee, whether it’s from the rush, or they way it feels when they crawl on it. Coffee can help reduce the amount of bugs, such as slugs, that tend to destroy our gardening work. Also, coffee grounds around the garden deter cats from using your garden as a litter box.
With spring upon us, I’m sure we are all trying to find new ways to add organic materials to our garden, instead of harmful chemicals and fertilizers. Maybe coffee is the answer! Be sure to pick up some of the greatest coffee (we think!) you’ll ever have by visiting Youngevity Be the Change Coffee.