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    Default The Right Way To Use Old Coffee In Your Garden

    Patrick Honan
    June 23 2-21

    Adele Kellett started using old coffee grounds in her garden, before running into a problem.
    "I was taking home one bucket weekly [from work]. I read in an article to do it," she says.
    "I put it around blueberries as mulch. I was very proud of myself."
    Within a couple of months one of Adele's prized blueberry bushes had died, and she would later lose three more in suspiciously similar circumstances.
    A fellow gardener in a permaculture group warned her that she'd killed her tomatoes in a similar way.
    Using coffee grounds to improve soil is common advice for home gardeners. Yet research shows that the results can be a mixed bag.


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    Default Re: The Right Way To Use Old Coffee In Your Garden

    Thanks for finding this, Julieanne. I've been tossing the grounds from my French press on the shrubs that surround my deck. Guess I'll have to find a different place to put them!
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    Default Re: The Right Way To Use Old Coffee In Your Garden

    I add mine to the compost bin.

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    I use coffee grounds in my compost containers. During the summer months when my tomato plants need a boost, I will put them directly into the soil around them. From what I understand they contain nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and can be considered acidic. I'm not sure the exact amounts of these minerals are in the grounds, my guess is that it may vary with brands and strength of brew.


    You may want to see about testing your soil's PH level to be sure; a high PH would want a less acidic fertilizer, from what I understand. My soil tends to be low, so It works great for me.


    Bonus slugs hate coffee grounds and cats aren't too fond of them either!

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    Swhealth, low pH is acidic, high pH is alkaline. Every article I read on coffee grounds says something different: some warn you they will make soil more acid, others saying it doesn't have much effect. As you say, it may vary with brands. Mixing with crushed eggshells may balance out the pH.

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