Friday, August 11, 2006

Pat on the Back for Lucy's (& like-minded coffee shops)

Local gardeners can get grounds from Lucy's (near BSU) to mulch and compost. Stevens (the owner) saves all the used grounds -- which usually fills up a five-gallon bucket in just two or three days -- until a customer picks them up. "I had to do it because I really feel strongly about it," he said.

Tips on Gardening with Coffee Grounds:

Use up to three cups of coffee grounds per plant. Azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, dogwoods and conifers benefit the most from adding coffee grounds to the soil.

Using coffee grounds also will turn your hydrangeas blue because they are pH sensitive for bloom color

Use coffee grounds on top of the soil in the form of a mulch. Mix it with something like shredded leaves or pine needles so it won't mat.

When planting, place grounds in the bottom of the hole to give the plant an immediate boost.
(source: Edwards Greenhouses)


At 8/12/2006 1:49 AM, Blogger Dori said...

Great information! So coffee gorunds are acidic. I can't grow blueberries here because they require way more acid than my soil has. Maybe I might try to build up a spot in my garden next year and prepare it high acid (with coffee grounds) for blueberries.

At 8/15/2006 12:00 PM, Blogger JAM*tacular said...

That is sooo cool! :D

At 8/16/2006 12:48 PM, Blogger meesh said...

That's very cool! We used to do this when I worked at Starbucks back in college (the first time around). People only occasionally took advantage of it, though which was too bad 'cause we had a LOT of coffee grounds. (sigh) Maybe now that folks are more aware of the problems associated with global warming, they will look for these sort of options more. I hope so...

At 8/23/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger KleoPatra said...

Peter does this! I would if i drank coffee...


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