Friday, June 26, 2009

Don't Toss Those Coffee Grounds

I was looking around for a way to revive our Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees, which are turning brown because their soil is too alkaline. We've been using Miracid, but I was looking for an easier, less expensive way to handle the problem.

I found some information on using coffee grounds to acidify and add nitrogen to the soil. As one writer says, "Evergreens ... pine for these roasted dregs in their root system." I've tried that, but from what I've just read, I might have to change the way I'm applying the grounds.

While I was reading, I also found another article on how to use coffee grounds in the garden as well as several articles on uses for coffee grounds around the household. There's quite a bit of repetition among these articles, but you can read them here, here, and here. And if you're still looking for more, here's a whole list of articles.

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11 comments :

  1. Hey Melissa!
    I save all my coffee grounds for my husband. He puts them where he keeps the nightcrawlers that we use for fishing. :) Apparently, they like them. LOL!

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  2. Oh wow...I was just thinking yesterday that throwing out coffee grounds was somehow wasting a gardening resource...FABULOUS!!!

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  3. I have always just put my coffee grounds in the compost bin, but we have quite a few pine trees, so I will read your links and see if what I should be doing differently. Thanks for all the links.

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  4. I always wondered what else I could do with those coffee grounds I throw away every day!! I have put them in the soil of my potted plants but didn't know what else. Thanks for posting.

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  5. Thank you for this wonderful article. I followed the links and re-posted one of the articles. I linked up to yours as well. Great information Melissa, thanks!

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  6. Hi from SITS! Thanx for this! I think I'll try this in my garden. I have some green bell peppers growing, but some are turning brown. Either they are too hot (I'm in AZ), or they're too dry... I'll see if this helps! Love the blog! Have a great day!

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  7. Hmmm....I don't drink coffee but I do have a tree in need of some love. Perhaps I can work out a deal with the Dunkin' Donuts down the street??

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  8. Hi, I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

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  9. Interesting! We have a bin beside our sink for coffee grinds and eggshells, which then go into the garden. But maybe I'll give some to my pine tree for a change!

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  10. I wonder if you could use them with hydrangeas too (the color of the bloom depends on the acidity of the soil).
    Thanks for joining my party!

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  11. Interesting!! I wonder if espresso grounds would work????

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