Have you given much thought to your coffee grounds?
They can make a great cup of coffee but what about beyond your morning java? It turns out there is much more to coffee grounds than one might think. They are actually very beneficial in the garden. So before you throw out those coffee grounds, check out these seven uses for coffee grounds in the garden:
No one wants pests such as ants, snails, or slugs in the garden as they can be destructive. To keep these critters away, sprinkle coffee grounds around your plants.
Aid in composting.
No one really wants to use catalysts, such as manure, in a residential composter, but did you know that coffee grounds work as well? They are particularly useful for high carbon compost items such as leaves. Coffee grounds help to speed up the compost process.
Feed the worms.
Worms find coffee grounds to be a particularly tasty treat. Having worms in your garden is good for plants so anything that attracts them and helps them thrive is a good thing.
Acid-loving plants such as hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas, and roses love coffee grounds. Sprinkle the coffee grounds, along with grass clippings or dried leaves around your plants.
Make Hydrangeas blue.
Using coffee grounds around hydrangeas will increase the acidity level of the soil, thus making the blooms a more vibrant blue.
Create a cockroach trap.
Fill a can or a jar with several inches of damp coffee grounds. Line the neck with double sided tape. The coffee ground smell draws in the cockroaches and they can’t get out.
Give plants a nitrogen boost.
Fortify your plants by sprinkling coffee grounds into the soil or by mixing them into a water can.
Next time you make a pot of coffee, remember all of these uses for the grounds in the garden. Then, enjoy your java knowing you can put the grounds to good use afterwards!