Coffee grounds and gardening

Coffee by-products can be used in the garden

  • Sprinkle used grounds around plants before rain or watering, for a slow-release nitrogen.
  • Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance.  Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during composting.
  • Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer.  Use about a half-pound can of wet grounds in a
    bucket of water; let sit outdoors to achieve ambient temperature.

  • al">Mix into soil for houseplants or new vegetable beds.
  • Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests.
  • If you are into vermi-posting, feed a little bit to your worms
Another green and natural use for coffee grounds is as an organic cat repellent for the garden. Coffee grounds keep kitty from
doing her
organic business in your beautiful green and natural garden. Just
sprinkle them
liberally in the garden to naturally repel the cat.

Coffee grounds are
great for keeping root maggots away from carrots. They also help provide
looser natural soil carrots prefer. Just mix coffee grounds in with soil
planting for a green deterrent to these garden pests.

Coffee grounds are
an all natural organic flea repellent. Just rub through Fido's fur and
brush to
distribute. This all natural flea repellent is a green substitute for
chemical flea sprays and collars.

Furniture scratches will disappear with
this all natural organic dye. Just rub wet coffee grounds across the
The damaged areas will pick up the brown coffee dye with this green
repair trick.

Scatter plenty of used coffee grounds about the natural
green organic garden. In addition to the other green garden uses, coffee
will repel snails and slugs.
Roses, azaleas and gardenias love coffee almost as much as we do. Why? Because these flowers like acidic soil. Blueberries like
soil, too. Adding coffee grounds to the flower beds helps to increase
acidity of the soil.

How to Use Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer in the Organic Garden

Just take your used coffee grounds and put them around the base of plants. Use a garden cultivating fork to spread the coffee grounds a
bit into the soil. Don't put the coffee too deeply into the soil, no
deeper than
a half inch or so.

You can also just sprinkle used coffee grounds around
the base of your plants. This allows the plants to slowly absorb the
and other nutrients. Don't pile the coffee grounds on too thickly. Use a
thin layer only. Too many will cause water to be unable to penetrate the
soil as
it should.

While in the shower, vigorously rub coffee grounds on troubled
cellulite spots for a few minutes everyday or a few times a week. Coffee
is a
stimulant and breaks down fat deposits when rubbed on those areas.

 Use coffee grounds as a plant fertilizer. Sprinkle the grounds around the base of the plant then dig them in a little. They can
also be
sprinkled directly on your lawn.

Tea Bags

>Use dry, used tea bags outdoors for a mosquito repellant (burn in saucer or

Use old tea bags in compost pile to attract worms

Use old tea bags on soil around roses to give them a boost

Use cool, brewed tea to water acid-loving ferns on

The tannin in tea is also said to help cure warts. Press a used teabag onto the area where the wart is, remove it and let the skin dry
naturally. Do this for a few days.

Cold tea will bring a great shine to mirrors and tiles. Wipe and then polish up with a soft cloth.

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