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.
23. Additional acid for the soil
Coffee grounds are well known to have a high acid content. You have plants such as tomatoes, rhododendrons and azaleas that love acidic soils. Perfect match! Let your coffee grounds soak for a while and then add this directly to the soil by these plants. Just pour it on. Not only will your plants benefit from the acid, but they will also love the added nutrition. Coffee is more acidic than tea, but this same process can be done with tea as well. As the coffee decomposes it will tend toward a neutral pH. Therefore it can be used in many areas.
If you are looking for a sheet mulch, dumping the grounds directly out in the desired area will meet the need. We know that the coffee is acidic, but if you test grounds on the soil, you will find that they range from mildly acidic to mildly alkeline, due to the decomposition of the coffee grounds. So, it can be used as a mulch around fruit trees, currants, blueberries and cane fruit. The coffee grounds are a bit more particular when you use them to mulch. You don’t want to pile it too thickly, as then it will mold, which is not what you want. Figure about a half inch layer will work as a mulch, and because it won’t mold then, it will let the microbes and worms work on decomposing it. Coffee grounds do break down rather rapidly, so you can add more fairly regularly.
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