February 21, 2024

How to make compost using coffee bean husks

Making your own compost

Are you looking for an eco-friendly way to enrich your garden soil? Why not try making compost using coffee bean husks? Not only does it reduce waste, but it also provides valuable nutrients for your plants.

Using the method below I made compost in 30 days, only turning once and added more water. I used the smaller parts of the compost to go around the runner beans. (image below) The larger clumps, I used two repot two trees.

Here’s a simple guide to get you started:

Step 1: Gather the Elements
Collect the elements you want to put into the compost bin. You can obtain coffee bean husks free of charge in large bags from the Dark Horse Roastery.

Step 2: Layering the Items
In your compost bin, begin layering the items to create a good mixture. Coffee husks tend to compress when lightly pressed, so use them as a foundational layer. Aim for a balanced combination of dry and fresh items. Consider including sticks or cardboard for added structure. For fresh items, grass cuttings work well. As for dry items, old flower stems and coffee husks can be used. Additionally, you can add fruit and vegetable peelings. If available, use compost starter, which can be purchased at most garden centers. Lastly, add a watering can of water to provide moisture.

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Step 3: Maintain and Monitor
Regularly monitor the moisture level of your compost pile. It should be damp but not waterlogged. Turn the compost occasionally with a garden fork to promote airflow and speed up decomposition. As the organic materials break down, you’ll notice the transformation into rich, dark compost.

Step 4: Patience and Care
Composting is a natural process that takes time. Be patient and allow the materials to decompose gradually. Keep adding layers of organic matter as they become available, ensuring a good balance of green (fresh) and brown (dry) materials. With time, you’ll have nutrient-rich compost ready to nourish your plants.

By utilizing coffee bean husks and other organic materials, you’re not only reducing waste but also creating a valuable resource for your garden. Give it a try and enjoy the benefits of homemade compost!

Update, a couple of weeks later. Turning the compost.