If you’re looking to grow a healthy and thriving garden, then you’ll need to prepare the soil in your garden to give your plants the best start to life. Feeding your soil with organic compost is a great way of doing so. This is especially useful in your home where you may not want to use harsh chemicals in most store bought brands. Today we’ll look at creating one such type of fertilizer. Using old coffee grounds to create a homemade fertilizer!
Instead of throwing out those used ground after your morning coffee why not put them to work in your garden?
This idea isn’t new, and many experienced gardeners already use coffee grounds to create fertilizers and compost. In fact, it’s a very common item in a lot of composting tutorials.
So How Does It Work?
Adding coffee grounds to your soil is a fantastic and easy way to enrich it. Firstly, it helps to add nitrogen to the soil. Nitrogen is a key component in chlorophyll, which is used by the plants to create energy through photosynthesis. It’s also a key component in other proteins in the plant, so it will greatly benefit all parts the plant.
Adding coffee grounds to your soil also contributes to the organic material present in your soil. This helps improve soil drainage, water retention, and soil aeration. These are all important aspects to growing healthy plants.
Furthermore, adding used or old coffee grounds allow microorganisms beneficial to plant life (such as earthworms) to grow and multiply. It’s also been shown to reduce certain pests like slugs or small insects. While the aroma itself doesn’t do much, the caffeine content has been shown to do so. The caffeine is said to negatively effect certain pests, so they avoid soil that contains it.
What’s the Best Way to use Coffee Grounds?
It has been found that coffee grounds, irrespective of whether they’re used or fresh grounds, add to the nutrition of any organic compost. You can add fresh coffee beans, but many gardeners prefer used ones. This also has the added benefit of re-using what would otherwise be trash.
Unwashed and unused coffee grounds lower the PH levels (and by that I mean raise the acid level in your soil), thus creating just-the-right environment for acid-loving plants to flourish. Alternatively, used or old coffee grounds are neutral in nature. They therefore have a PH level that does not affect or contribute to the existing acid levels of your soil. Your best bet is to determine the type of plant (acid-loving or not) before you decide to feed it with the variety of grounds (old or unused coffee grounds).
Getting Started- Ways to use Coffee Grounds in your Fertilizer
There are typically two ways to use the coffee grounds, alone or in a compost.
If you’re already creating compost, coffee grounds are an excellent addition to it. Simple add your coffee grounds to your compost heap, and proceed as usual. Keep in mind that coffee grounds are considered “green” composting material. Make sure you balance this out with an appropriate amount of “brown” composting material for optimal results.
If you’re not composting, coffee grounds can still be used on their own. Simple sprinkle them onto the soil of your plan. Then, gently work some of the grounds deeper into the soil to really enrich the soil. It’s a simple as that. Doing this is all it takes to add some serious nutrition to your plants soil.