Ground Maintenance

One more reason to enjoy your morning cup of Jo

I love to drink my morning coffee outside beside the pond. Listening to the waterfall and watching the frogs and fish as the sun slowly rises. Each day I open up the pod and collect the used grounds into a bowl. When I have enough, I sprinkle them around my plants or compost them with my kitchen scraps. I remember my family and neighbors adding their used coffee grounds to the garden as a child. Recently, I wanted to learn more about the benefits of coffee grounds in the garden and here is what I found…

  • Coffee grounds are about 2% nitrogen by volume.
  • Grounds are not acidic; the acid in coffee is water-soluble so the acid is mostly in the coffee.
  • Coffee grounds are close to pH neutral (between 6.5 – 6.8 pH).
  • Coffee grounds improve soil tilth or structure.
  • Sprinkling coffee grounds around plants can help repel slugs.
  • Coffee Grounds make a great addition to the compost pile. Layer – 1/3 fallen leaves, 1/3 fresh grass clippings (no pesticides/herbicides) and 1/3 coffee grounds. You can also add the paper filters to the compost bin.

I recommend recycling your own morning coffee grounds. But if you need more, contact your local barista. Most often, they are happy to give you the days’ used grounds. Some even package them up just for such an occasion.

Tell us, Where do you enjoy your morning cup of Jo? Do you add the grounds to your garden? If so, how do you use them?

Happy Gardening!

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Resource: www.extension.oregonstate.edu