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Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

October 18, 2004

ground coffeeDon't throw away your coffee grounds or egg shells, instead as you turn the potting soil in your house plants, add the grounds and shells for healthier house plants. This can also be used in vegetable gardens for larger crop yields.

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July 20, 2013

We use the empty coffee containers, without the lid, to store our used grounds from the coffee maker each morning. When yard clippings and leaves begin to build up, the grounds are mixed in.

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January 6, 2011

When planting vegetables, such as radishes, carrots, onions etc., try sprinkling some coffee grounds in the soil first and then plant your seeds. This should keep the pests away and is also a good fertilizer.

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May 14, 2008

Many cafes will give out quantities of used coffee grounds for your garden for free! Our local Borders does this and it is wonderful for the garden, esp.

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acid loving plants like azalea, lilac, hydrangea, etc. :) All you have to do is ask!

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June 24, 2005

I save all used coffee grounds and fruit & veggie waste (peels, etc.) and lightly dig them in in my flower beds and around shrubs and trees. My plants have huge blooms year-round (I live in Florida) and vibrant coloring.

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May 9, 2020

Can coffee grounds be used in the garden after they start to mold?


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May 10, 20200 found this helpful
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I pick up coffee grounds from a local Starbucks and sometimes do not disperse it immediately so some mold may be present and I just generally spread it out in the yard and it seems the mold disappears after a day or so in the sunshine (grounds dry and mold is gone).

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I try to use only fresh grounds in my compost but there is occasionally a little mold in the compost also and it does not seem to harm anything.

I decided to do some research since the question was asked but could find very few remarks saying it should not be used.
The majority said - go for it! Good for environment and excellent fertilizer for the yard and garden.
I do not believe that I would use it in the garden on anything that I intended to 'pick' in a day or so but that is just me as I found nothing to that effect online.

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May 10, 20201 found this helpful
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Yes you can! It's great for your compost pile, and your garden, producing nitrogen. Also good for insects like ants, slugs, snails.

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They can not stand the grounds. If you see a nest, just sprinkle on and around the nest and they will relocate!

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If you spread the moldy coffee grounds out in an area with a lot of sun the mold will go away in a day or two. This should not be an issue and will not harm the earth or even your plants. I know a lot of people who collect coffee ground to add to their compost pile and I see them dump in coffee ground that are really filled with a lot of mold. They claim this is good for the compost pile and the heat in the pile will destroy the mold and help break down the leaves and other items in the compost pile.

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November 19, 2014

What plants should I use coffee grounds on?

By Horace

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January 2, 2013

What are some good uses for coffee grounds in the garden?

By joannedesimone from St. Charles, IL

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January 7, 20130 found this helpful

Use the grounds on any acidic loving plants like Rhododendruns, Azaleas and Hydrangeas to name a few.

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March 14, 2011

What plants do I put my used coffee grounds on? Is it best to turn it into the soil or just put around the base?
Thanks for any info.

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By Keeper from Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

Use them for anything that likes acidic soil. Here is a list of them that do. I can tell you though, that the coffee grounds will have little effect on your plants......there is just not enough acid in them to help that much unless you continuously put it on one plant to the exclusion of others.

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

Laniegirl,t hank you for the site.It's a great source of information. Thanks for taking your time and answering my question.

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May 16, 2010

Can I use coffee grounds on a princess flower? If I can, how much and how often?

Hardiness Zone: 10a

By Ellen from Los Angeles

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May 17, 20100 found this helpful

Azaleas, Day lilies, almost anything that has a bloom. And tomatoes also.

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May 20, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know about using coffere grounds on the princess plant but I do know that they are useful in breaking up the soil. There aren't any nutrients in coffee grounds. Starbucks had a program going where if you brought them a bucket (5 gal container) they would fill it free of charge.

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For my garden I have put many pounds of grounds in to it. I still throw the grounds from my AM coofee in the garden or flower beds

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June 19, 2008

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I've heard that used coffee grounds are good for rose bushes. Can the grounds from flavored coffees also be used?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH

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Maryeileen,

This is a tough one. My initial response is no, it is not a good idea to use the grounds from flavored coffee on your rose bushes. However, it really just depends on the ingredients. The main problem is that many flavored coffees contain added sugars or powdered creams to create certain flavors. This is especially true of instant flavored coffees. When used grounds or leftover coffee containing these ingredients is added to the soil, it can create an imbalance in the soil's chemistry that encourages insects and mold. And as you know, roses can be somewhat susceptible to mold problems as it is.

I don't know of any specific tests or studies to point you to, and I don't drink flavored coffee, so I can't speak from personal experience. If you decide to try it, I would recommend using only small amounts of grounds, and digging them slightly into the soil. I have heard some gardeners say that one of the added benefits of using regular used coffee grounds around their roses (grounds void of creams or sugars) is that the grounds actually work to keep insects away.

Ellen

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April 30, 20080 found this helpful

yes they can!! my mom has several varieties of rose bushes in her yard climbing tea mini and different types she uses grounds all the time and we go to strar bucks for the free bags they give out of them for your garden!!!! they are so tich and dark in color

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April 30, 20080 found this helpful

Not sure about the coffee grounds, but I heard that there's some enzyme or mineral in banana peels and onions that when you bury them in the soil around your roses that the roses will have stronger smell.

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September 25, 2016

Can you use flavored coffee grounds on plants? Is there some way to treat them so they can be used? I have a lot of flavored coffee from my daughter, and want to use it on my herbs. Thanks.


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April 23, 2013

What are some ways that I can use coffee grounds without composting them?

By Karen from Luthersburg, PA

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April 21, 2012

I'm from Louisiana and I was wondering if used coffee grounds are good for the soil around my roses? I don't know enough about what roses need or what coffee grounds add to soil, so hopefully a more skilled gardener can shed some light on this.

By Jackie V.

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

I don't remember exactly what grounds add to soil (my mother also used tea grounds), but it is helpful to plants. If you want to use them around your roses, go for it!

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September 5, 2013

I want to know the simple way to use coffee grounds for my home veggie garden. Thanks.

By Sharda Monga A.

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