If you are a coffee lover, and a gardener, you have probably looked at those coffee grounds as you throw them out, and think that there must be a way that these grounds can be of use. Here is some good news. Those coffee grounds are excellent for your garden in several ways. They not only aid in growth, but they can add an element of protection as well. If this information has you ready to drink in some more, then keep reading.
11. Compost additions
Your coffee grounds will give more nitrogen into your compost, and are easy to work in. Simply throw the grounds in, filter and all, as the filters are also biodegradable. No need to add to the landfill, you can add it into your compost and let your gardens benefit. Now, coffee grounds are a green compost material, so you will need to be sure to balance that green compost with the addition of brown compost as well for best results.
Not only can you put coffee in your compost as a way of adding to your garden, but you also can apply it directly to your garden iteslf as a fertilizer. The coffee is not a way to direct nitrogen into your soil, as that is added when it breaks down in your compost. But it is organic material, improving the drainage, aeration and ability to hold water, just as adding a mulch will. Worms are also attracted to the coffee grounds, and microorganisms that you want near your plants will love it as well. Go ahead and work it into your soil. If you have a half empty cup of coffee that gets cold while you are gardening, you can dilute it and pour it right on for a similar benefit!