February 20, 2024

Using coffee gains in gardening

Strawberry growing and Compost making

I decided to try a different approach with my strawberry plants. First, I sprinkled coffee grounds thinly around the plants. Not only does it add a nice aesthetic touch, but when I water the plants, they will also benefit from the nutrients in the coffee. To further enhance the soil, I added dampened coffee husks and straw around the plants as well. This combination creates a favorable environment for the strawberries to thrive.

Additionally, I set up two small compost bins using coffee grounds, coffee husks, old cardboard, and green waste. Inspired by the success of my previous large compost bin experiment, which produced beautiful compost in just 30 days with regular turning, I wanted to see if I could achieve similar results on a smaller scale. Although I don’t have any compost maker for this experiment, I’m excited to observe the progress and see how the coffee grounds and other organic materials break down and transform into nutrient-rich compost.

Key points highlighting the benefits of coffee for the soil

  • Coffee grounds contain essential nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and micronutrients, which can enrich the soil and promote healthy plant growth.
  • When used as a mulch or added to the soil, coffee grounds can act as a slow-release fertilizer, providing a steady supply of nutrients over time.
  • Mixing coffee grounds with other organic matter like compost or leaf mold helps improve soil structure, preventing clumping and enhancing water penetration.
  • Coffee grounds can be a valuable addition to compost piles, contributing nitrogen to the mix and aiding in the decomposition process.
  • Some gardeners have found that coffee grounds attract beneficial organisms, such as worms, which can further enhance soil health and nutrient cycling.