All in all I am quite pleased with the results. Coffee grounds do drive slugs and … ctrav Posts: 2765 Joined: Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:39 pm Location: Northlake, TX Grass Type: Bermuda Tif 419 Lawn Size: 30K Mower: Toro GM, Commercial, Recycler Also in our community garden and family came and dumped loads of starbucks grounds in their plots every week. It should be fine around most plants in moderation. Im just wondering if it is ok to mix one bucket of grounds to say four buckets of soil? Despite their colour, for the purposes of composting they’re a ‘green’, or nitrogen-rich organic material. One potential problem: I break up a cinnamon stick in to my grounds prior to brewing for additional flavor. I haven't heard of any issues with hens eating coffee grounds in compost, but it's interesting that you've noticed a correlation between this and egg quality. When I have a few, I defrost, remove the stub and put in a blender with water. Used coffee grounds have a strong, bitter scent that dogs commonly dislike. ", "This is a great thread of examples! They use organic coffee, but can't advertise the organic status due to the way the urns, etc. I like to think I'm a Compost Queen - my 3-bin system was what my father used to use 70 or so years ago. I decided to sort the facts from the hype and find out just how beneficial – or otherwise – coffee grounds are in the garden. How much coffee grounds would be toxic to a dog? Kind of makes you wonder if coffee is leaching calcium from our bones...", "Hi Sally. So every 2 weeks a plant get it's grounds. The best way to utilise them is to spread thin layers of your used coffee grinds amongst your compost. You certainly learn from experience. But I've never thought about combining the two until now. ", "I have been putting them around my blueberry plants, I removed a jasmine bush, apparently a jasmine like alkaline soil, blueberries like acid soil, I just been taking them out of my coffee maker and dump em in the soil, scrape it in, don’t know if it will do them any good ", "Two things to add here. can anyone out there tell me how much coffee grounds should i apply in dried weight to the square metre of 4'' deep soil, reply sooner than latter, i'd like to work on it. I've actually only used coffee grounds selectively and am thinking about using them more often and on more plants this year. ", "I collect 20 - 25 gallons of used coffee grounds per week from local coffee house.. If you are into vermi-posting, feed a little bit to your worms. Cheers to all you gardeners out there. The seeds grow well and aren't noticed by slugs until they're we developed by which time they're strong enough to resist them. Pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people are. I don’t advise dumping coffee grounds in a pile by themselves. I'm just wondering if pine needles and pine needle mulch mixed with coffee grounds would be good, bad, both or neither? We’ve had a hot autumn. I know it sounds petty, but people are lazy. Yes, coffee grounds are toxic to dogs. I usually just break up one cinnamon stick for each full pot of grounds. Coffee grounds can also be used in your garden for other things. Potato hills are created the season before. A light layer of coffee grounds around hibiscus plants can keep them from being the pests' next meal. I guess it lacks of an Nitrogen supply. Straight away they started being attacked by snails and slugs, I did some research and discovered that snails and slugs do not like coffee and I’ve been sprinkling a thin layer of coffee grounds every 4 weeks. They planted directly into it. Anyone know if the cinnamon will hurt the plants? Sourcing Coffee Grounds. My magnolias are now increadibly healthy, leaves are green and glossy and they have doubled their size in 6 months. “A lot of people don't realize an espresso bean could be toxic,” Meeks says. A good aged compost material for top dressing your lawn will provide organic nutrients and moisture to your lawn. An oft-repeated nugget of advice is to spread used coffee grounds around plants that are vulnerable to slug damage. Clover lawns do have some disadvantages: It stains clothing more easily than grass. What was your experience? Coffee grounds can be a great help in heating up a compost pile, but they do more harm than good in their unaltered state when it comes to being a lawn additive. But if anyone reading this has specialised knowledge of moulds, feel free to chip in with your opinion! ", "I've used coffee grounds as a fertilizer for many years. Mulching is incredibly beneficial but it’s notoriously difficult to come by compost, straw or other organic matter in large enough quantities at a low enough price. Just like coffee grounds cats and dogs don’t like the smell or the taste (especially Cayenne–OUCH) when licking their paws clean. I don't grow peppers so have never tested the coffee in peppers specifically - but flavored coffee in flowers has been a huge garden win for what that's worth :) ", "@Lisa Thank you! Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance. Hopefully that will save them. Nothing is covered thicky, I just toss 'em out - easy to do! That’s pretty basic. Keep Slimy Pests Away: Another helpful thing that makes coffee grounds good for grass is the fact that when using them it helps to keep backyard pests such as snails and slugs away from your lawn. I make an 8 cup pot of coffee each day, and once a week distribute the grounds to to my 1/10 acre yard. You can make it as think or thin as you like. ", "In past years I have fought squash bugs. What a heart-breaking plant. Come next year I’ll find out if these coffee grounds are any good ", "Keep us posted on your results Derrick! How’d it get in there? Half of the frangipani flowered in spring 2019 and I am hoping that they all flower this coming spring. When the dogs ingest a seed or other parts of coffee plants, the toxic ingredients inside them can cause side effects with an hour or two. It didn't directly damage the carrots, strawberries, celery, and leeks, they grew well and were also protected from slugs (except the corriander which was munched) but shows how you use it does matter. Thought I would share my experiences of using coffee grounds as a lawn fertiliser this last spring. Dogs and cats are more sensitive to caffeine than we are. I continue to sprinkle coffee grounds on my wood chip paths. ", "Hi Jess. Thank you", "Hi Carmen. Yes, that’s a bit of foreshadowing, keep reading. It might be that it has taken them a year to 'settle' back into the ground but they are certainly not suffering from the 'treatment'", "I've used coffee grounds in compost and on the garden (sparingly). Every few weeks? But the tiger worms in my worm farm didn't like them. ", "I planted 12 new teddy bear magnolias in June (winter in Australia) this year. Pest repellents like mothballs, detergents, coffee grounds and excessively applied garlic and pepper solutions can endanger your dog’s health. I'll share my results. 28 December 2017, written by Ann Marie Hendry. Perfectly loamy, not too high in Nitrogen, potato beds. Sun burnt them into the leaves and I got coffee-spots on my leaves (oops!). ", "I stayed in a Zen monastery once. ", "I have 14 plants outside, hydrangeus, cigar, and pineapple sage. But raking/digging it in or adding it to your compost as you're doing works well. Coffee grinds contain two ingredients that are toxic to dogs: caffeine and methylxanthines. We also compost all our scraps (my husband juices) and have a 3 tiered compost system to throw things in with no rhyme or reason. Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests. We use pine needles as mulch because we have plenty for flowers, herbs and vegetables. Alternatively, rake your coffee grounds into the top layer of soil so that they can’t clump together. I not only add coffee grounds to my compost tumblers I also add worms, they love the grounds and everything else I add. Even if dogs are not as afraid of water as cats, dogs don’t like to be sprinkled with … Just like coffee grounds cats and dogs don’t like the smell or the taste (especially Cayenne–OUCH) when licking their paws clean. However, after coffee ground application and the first rains, I couldn't believe my eyes. Used to put them in my compost bin, but they just went furry, grass cuttings, dug up weeds, old dead plants on in there, maybe it’s just too moist in there for them The results are always good and are better than amending your planting soil with commercial mulches. Just so you know, it's not the easiest to get the baristas to begin a pattern of throwing their grounds into a new location. I have now started sprinkling around my veggies which are also growing well. You might like the pile-and-sling method. I have found this method to be particularly effective when it comes to stubborn diggers like rat terriers and beagles. Coffee grounds by themselves make a gooy mess. If you're unsure, mix them into your compost heap instead. 24 (£20.96/kg) £6.55 £6.55 Using free coffee grounds seems like the perfect solution, but some gardeners have found that using coffee grounds directly on the soil has had a disastrous effect on plants. I mowed the lawn without the box (I always try to cut the lawn this way thus providing green and brown matter back to the lawn). ", "Hi the comments here have been really helpful, so thank you everyone. Now I have heard from an acquaintance that this does not benefit, but rather damages the soil. Where it works for me is when I sow seeds like lettuce, spinach or brassica's directly I put a thin layer of compost on top then about half an inch of used coffee grounds. I had read that coffee grounds can rob the roots of plants from getting enough water and oxygen if they're applied to thickly, so I scooped about half the coffee grounds away from the azalea roots and watered them well. If not, it could be worth growing two different varieties together next year to see if it's simply the variety, or if something else that caused the bitter taste. Just add more water. The idea was to simultaneously loosen and fertilise the soil. I also grow Oyster mushrooms in particular on CG, and dispose of the spent medium. I found out the hard way hydrangea leaves are not fans of grounds. ", "RosesAreViolet, the lack of flowers is unlikely to be down to a lack of nitrogen. Here is a link to a thread on the Organic Lawn Care Forum where the use of coffee grounds as a lawn fertilizer is discussed. The solution is to mix coffee grounds with other organic matter such as compost or leafmould before using it as a mulch. ", "For many of the reasons noted, composting or mixing coffee grounds into the soil or some carbonaceous material is perhaps the best approach. :)", "I've used uncomposted coffee grounds directly on rose bushes and also used it in different gardens as fertilizer,as it seems, many that have commented on here do.I've never had any problems and actually have gained benefits .I only use the grounds from our coffee making,so it's not an incredible amount,but it seems to be a good thing to amend soil with ", "I work at Starbucks and get boat loads of grounds each shift. I also use them in my own vegetable garden at home and the results are incredible if you use it mixed into the soil as a fertiliser. twelve months ago I planted 20 frangipani planted here and tried all manner of fertiliser on them and they just never took off. It's awesome! Coffee doesn't leach calcium from our bones per se, but it does prevent the absorption of calcium, hence the thin shells. It went into our outside laundry room and chewed through things that had been out … Sprinkling coffee grounds, or putting a small bowl of them near the wall that seems to be the source of the smell will help to diffuse the odor, a far superior idea than cutting open the wall to remove the dead pest. Good luck caffinating your plants :) ", "Lisa, Thanks. Pest repellents like mothballs, detergents, coffee grounds and excessively applied garlic and pepper solutions can endanger your dog’s health. Always do your research before you apply a repellent to keep dogs off your lawn. ", "Can brewed tea leaves be used with coffee grounds? Deerslayer makes some valid points about how impractical it would be to try to fertilize a large lawn with coffee grounds. Then it rained - hilarious, it was as though I'd covered the garden with plastic as the 2 circular gardens turned into ponds. Mixing with leaves works well. Sometimes on plants, other times on trees. ), New, unopened, in box Krups Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine. (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our Contact Form to send us your comment, along with the title of this article. She a small chihuahua weights at least 6lb and is soon to turn 2 year old It sounds like the moderate amounts you're adding to your garden are just right for your worms and your soil. 1. Tomorrow I'm going to fork extra coffee into the potato patch ready for planting at the end of July - new spuds late October! The lawn has never looked so lush and was recolonising the thinned areas. I have tried the "lasagna" system this past fall and am excited to see the results (it looks good!) Big, big tasty spuds. I was offered a large bag of grounds, did a bit of duckduckgoing. While taking a sip of hot coffee or iced tea probably won’t adversely affect most pets, ingestion of one or two diet pills can be fatal for small dogs and cats. that i'm caring for. These nutrients are released slowly, which is a big benefit over quick release synthetic fertilizers. But some gardeners suggest that using coffee grounds could be ineffective or, worse, harmful to plants. ", "Great tip about using coffee grounds to cover over manure Ken, thanks! I mixed in a bucket of coffee grounds into my garden bed before planting my Californian Bell Peppers this year and it worked a treat! ", "I was using fresh coffee grounds- I added them to the soil but I promptly saw white fuzzy mold appear within days. A better option would be to encircle the bush with chicken wire or similar. Fingers crossed for the state record. Dogs won't eat coffee grounds. They love it! ", "hi all I take my coffee grounds,put them a couple of shovels full ,through my mesh screen sifter one qtr inch, with my leaf mold ,looks like potting soil real qk,then i damp 2 shovels full of rabbit manure run it through sifter,mix this together , put it down day of a good rain around my tomatoes , the tomatoes think they are in tom heaven lol lol lol lol won largest tom in my county last year ,going for state record now i will get it if blight dont get me first love gardening hope u try this put a mulch of this down no fert ever needed ", "Wow, it sounds like you're enjoying great results Bobby! Dogs are fast learners and hate poky stuff. ", "I get my Sister-in-law’s, Citgo and She’ll station grounds( we don’t drink coffee) and I add to my regular compost, my “Hot pile” and my Bama pile( he’s our baby boy OES) and the work great especially in the Bama pile that has to heat to around 130-140. The Benefits of Coffee Grounds. monkeyboy7, Sep 7, … It allows faster breakdown and release of nutrients, incorporation into the soil matrix, and attraction of worms. Methylxanthines and Caffeine. My gardens in Sydney. It’s hard to say what would be a large enough dose to cause poisoning because the amount of caffeine in used coffee grounds varies. I'm very unscientific. Where our wind and wave swept craggy coastline meets each new day 1st in the Western Hemisphere! ", "Interesting to hear about how things actually work in the coffee shop Sara. Hydrangeas rotation to maybe once a month. Both of them are found in coffee plants; specifically the leaves and seeds off coffee plants contain a large amount of toxic. I often spread used tea leaves around plants too. ", "Not quite coffee grounds, but I also add the filters to the top of my 'starter pots' with seeds and sometimes tiny cuttings. You say not to put the coffee grounds on tomato plants. The soil is not compacted, and very loamy indeed, full of worms and a nice layer of humus. ", "I just got a coffee pot and started saving grounds. The corn seemed to be less affected by the coffee grounds. As in the article, it doesn't stop weeds or ants from getting through, but it looks great and makes using boiling water to control them much more effective. Now I just sprinkle a small amount over the soil a couple times a year and put the grounds in with my compost the rest of the year. Are you sure it's not rabbits? Stop naughty cats and kittens from scratching your fine furniture! ", "I love the idea of the monks giving worms an aphrodisiac! ; It is a short-lived perennial and may require reseeding every 2-3 years to maintain an even stand in pure clover lawns. I have used it in the cracks of brick paving. Every spring we had an ant problem, and had to call the sprayer dudes. I bet local gardeners would be very grateful for your efforts if there's any going spare! Don’t spread coffee grounds in your garden or yard if you have roaming pets. In this tub I put any waster water, for example, what I cook and rinse noodles in. Working with the Neighbors Be neighborly. You can also use them as mulch on any plant beds that border the lawn, which will stop your dog from crossing the beds to reach the grass. Coffee grounds are free organic matter, whether a by-product of your at-home daily brew or collected from coffee shops that are only too glad to give them away for nothing. Use about a half-pound can of wet grounds in a five-gallon bucket of water; let sit outdoors to achieve ambient temperature. The reason is that the vet may be able to stop the absorption of the caffeine. ", "Starbucks will give you a bag or two of coffee grounds for free, just ask. As an added bonus, coffee grinds are an awesome fertilizer for your garden. So my dog ate some coffee grounds! I think the coffee may have done it, although I did t find that as a possible reason anywhere on the internet. I also mow over prunings and small branches, leaves (including bamboo leaves) to add to the mix. ", "It sounds like you've got a good system going Lisa! The cardboard gets topped with woodchips. ", "I think it would be fine to use unbrewed coffee grounds on the garden, although they may be slightly more acidic and contain more caffeine than brewed grounds - how much more I can't say, but unless you're using huge quantities I wouldn't worry too much about it. ", "I live in QLD and have very sandy, quite crappy soil. Back to the coffee grounds - I've got my neighbour onto it as well - looks better than his patches covered in cardboard over the winter. EVERYTHING goes into the compost (in layers), it gets really hot and it gets turned regularly. 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