Used coffee grounds can be used as fertilizer in your garden. They can be added to new or existing plant beds. The grounds can also be helpful for eradicating certain pests from your garden, such as slugs, snails and ants. You can use the grounds from your own kitchen. If you don’t drink coffee or need a lot of grounds, let us know we have plenty of used grounds for use in home gardens.
Benefits of Coffee Grounds on Soil
Coffee grounds are a source of nitrogen, calcium and magnesium. These nutrients are beneficial to the plants in your garden. Using the grounds is an environmentally friendly and cost effective way to nourish your plants. You are saving space in our landfills by recycling this household waste. The grounds are also beneficial to your compost pile. They help maintain the nitrogen balance which is important for decomposition of the organic materials in your compost.
The grounds increase the acidity of the soil. This is beneficial to acid loving plants in your garden. Some of the plants that love acid soil include azaleas, blueberries and rhododendrons. However, it can harm some of your plants. It’s important to use the grounds only on plants that will benefit from increased acidity in the soil and avoid using it on plants that are not acid loving.
Coffee grounds improve the soil in your garden. The grounds make it easier to till the soil, which is beneficial for vegetable gardens. The coffee grounds are attractive to the worms in your garden. Adding them to the soil will provide an additional food source for the worms. As the worms ingest the grounds and move through the dirt, they help spread the nutrients throughout your soil, while aerating it to bring much needed oxygen to the roots of your plants.
Some studies have suggested that coffee grounds are beneficial for repelling slugs, snails and ants. One study by the USDA showed that they are effective against slugs. Other studies have shown no big difference with the use of grounds. The caffeine in the grounds and acidity are thought to be responsible for repelling the slugs. There is a lot of debate among gardeners on this benefit. Some believe it works, while others think does not make a difference.