Used coffee grounds come in with a pH of 6.5 to 6.8. Many vermicomposters say that their worms love coffee grounds, so small quantities could also regularly be added to a worm bin if you have one. She a small chihuahua weights at least 6lb and is soon to turn 2 year old If you believe she ate more than just a tiny bit, expect to see symptoms. ", "Two things to add here. Also add grounds to compost bins. Can you put them on pepper plants or cantaloupe plants? Australian natives are sensitive so quite surprised. ", "Sally Macintosh, ", "I have been putting them around my blueberry plants, I removed a jasmine bush, apparently a jasmine like alkaline soil, blueberries like acid soil, I just been taking them out of my coffee maker and dump em in the soil, scrape it in, don’t know if it will do them any good Eastern NL, Canada :)", "I love putting coffee grounds in my compost bin as it sets it going really well. Now I just sprinkle a small amount over the soil a couple times a year and put the grounds in with my compost the rest of the year. The corn seemed to be less affected by the coffee grounds. Hopefully that will save them. After summer our lawn picks up in winter but it's nothing special, with bald spots and thinning on well used areas. ", "RosesAreViolet, the lack of flowers is unlikely to be down to a lack of nitrogen. Signs of caffeine … Come next year I’ll find out if these coffee grounds are any good ", "Keep us posted on your results Derrick! Symptoms can start as soon as 30 minutes after … I save the grounds in a tupperware, and when it's full I go sprinkle them in another section of the yard. I live in the Far East of the Western World. But some gardeners suggest that using coffee grounds could be ineffective or, worse, harmful to plants. They are excellent to add to my high clay soil. It's as routine to me as brushing my teeth. I use the resulting mix as a deep mulch over everything in the garden. they don't seem any worse for wear other than their spots, but both hydrangeas and hastas definitely prefer to have the coffee at the base, or washed off w/ a hose/rain quickly. Using coffee grounds shouldn't hurt though. I compost them, and put a thin layer down under my cardboard walkways. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: ", "Can brewed tea leaves be used with coffee grounds? During winter I put it in my compost. The same researcher also sought to find out if coffee grounds would repel ants, with similar results – ants may not particularly like coffee grounds, but they won’t scarper out of your garden to get away from them. The plants eventually sprung back and are now budding, so I'm hopeful they'll bloom this year. ", "hi all I take my coffee grounds,put them a couple of shovels full ,through my mesh screen sifter one qtr inch, with my leaf mold ,looks like potting soil real qk,then i damp 2 shovels full of rabbit manure run it through sifter,mix this together , put it down day of a good rain around my tomatoes , the tomatoes think they are in tom heaven lol lol lol lol won largest tom in my county last year ,going for state record now i will get it if blight dont get me first love gardening hope u try this put a mulch of this down no fert ever needed ", "Wow, it sounds like you're enjoying great results Bobby! Water Sprinklers. Best wishes for the festive season to you too. These nutrients are released slowly, which is a big benefit over quick release synthetic fertilizers. We will see. 7. I thought if I tossed the soil/grounds together a few times and then planted seedlings that might work? ", "This is a great thread of examples! ", "Hi from New Zealand. Sourcing Coffee Grounds. Like clay soil, coffee grounds consist of very fine particles that are prone to locking together. ", "That's a new one on me Kelly - I've never heard of rats munching on rose bushes! I found out the hard way hydrangea leaves are not fans of grounds. I make an 8 cup pot of coffee each day, and once a week distribute the grounds to to my 1/10 acre yard. Coffee grounds were once commonly distributed across lawns or worked into flowerbeds. I am going to try the D.E. The solution is to mix coffee grounds with other organic matter such as compost or leafmould before using it as a mulch. If used with care and common sense, they are a worthwhile addition your compost heap and your soil. Disadvantages of Clover. A better option would be to encircle the bush with chicken wire or similar. Thank you", "Hi Carmen. It’s kept on my kitchen worktop all the time. I think it’s called a subtropical and it’s coastal but still very very dry. I live in sunny Queensland in Australia and my pepper plants loved the extra nitrogen in the coffee grounds. They've been on this cycle for I think 3 years at least now and are very happy! ", "I would like to add a comment about banana peels. However, I also have a little tub in our kitchen sink (it fits inside the smaller sink). Use decaf grounds instead. It went into our outside laundry room and chewed through things that had been out … Everytime I dig to plant something, worms come up with. Where, according to UNESCO, you can actually, ” Walk on the Centre of the Earth “. As an added bonus, coffee grinds are an awesome fertilizer for your garden. They're not plants that grow in my cool climate, so I must confess I have no idea how tropical plants will fare with coffee grounds! It’s hard to say what would be a large enough dose to cause poisoning because the amount of caffeine in used coffee grounds varies. I'm not an expert in hydrangeas but it's also important to make sure you're not removing next year's flower buds when pruning. It might be that it has taken them a year to 'settle' back into the ground but they are certainly not suffering from the 'treatment'", "I've used coffee grounds in compost and on the garden (sparingly). I'll share my results. I also add them to the compost bin. Then it rained - hilarious, it was as though I'd covered the garden with plastic as the 2 circular gardens turned into ponds. They are a win/win proposition unless you put them on too thickly, or too close to new seedlings...a big no no. And no bugs. ", "I'm an old hand at gardening, being the daughter of a crop and truck patch farmer, but he's gone now and so is much of his wisdom. Yes, that’s a bit of foreshadowing, keep reading. ", "I was gifted with a large can of decaf coffee, which i will never use. If this occurred within the past 2 hours it would be wise to get her to vomit to help decrease the amount of caffeine absorbed. So it doesn't matter if they are poisonous or not, unless you intend to force the grounds down your dog. Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during. There is a more obvious reason why using coffee grounds alone for mulching could be detrimental. I have a science degree but composting is just as much an art as science. Nice to be able to recycle/reuse something else. ", "Can I add coffee grounds from "Starbucks" to my palm tress? They use organic coffee, but can't advertise the organic status due to the way the urns, etc. Deerslayer makes some valid points about how impractical it would be to try to fertilize a large lawn with coffee grounds. Leftover diluted coffee works well like this too. Mixing with leaves works well. Not sure how much cinnamon you're putting in - but a little bit shouldn't hurt in my best guesstimate? That may work but my feeling is that it's probably best to wait until the seedlings are established and growing strongly before adding the coffee grounds. So it’s negative reinforcement for your pets. Mulching is incredibly beneficial but it’s notoriously difficult to come by compost, straw or other organic matter in large enough quantities at a low enough price. Pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people are. can anyone out there tell me how much coffee grounds should i apply in dried weight to the square metre of 4'' deep soil, reply sooner than latter, i'd like to work on it. Thanks! ", "I have always been told by a sicilian lady not to put coffee grinds around fruiting and flowering plants, but its ok for all other plants. ", "Tracy - I use 100% flavored coffee - amaretto, cinnamon, chocolate, you name it! I will try coffee grounds to my Hydrangea plant as It has never showed any signs of blooming. Alternatively, rake your coffee grounds into the top layer of soil so that they can’t clump together. I tried picking them small, picking them big, cooking them right after picking, waiting a few days to cook them, it didn’t matter... they were literally inedible. Just like coffee grounds cats and dogs don’t like the smell or the taste (especially Cayenne–OUCH) when licking their paws clean. Dry the grounds out in your oven and spread them loosely on the grass and around the edges of the lawn, using approximately one cup of grounds for every 40 square feet of lawn. (We won't display this on the website or use it for marketing), (Please enter the code above to help prevent spam on this article), Using Organic Mulches in the Vegetable Garden, Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home from Waste Coffee Grounds. My gardens in Sydney. Tape. I think my coffee grounds (since I"m using them by the 8 cup full, no the commercial kitchen full) ;) are not making much of an impact in soil pH (I home test frequently). I can’t wait till next year. How much caffeine actually remains in used coffee grounds is debatable, and some plants will be more sensitive to caffeine than others. Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests. ", "I've successfully and unsucessfully used coffee grounds. Kev", "Hi Kev, if I was going to add coffee grounds directly to the soil a few handfuls then mixed in would be alright ever so often. ANSWER: Capsaicin pepper, ammonia, vinegar, moth balls, and alcohol will also keep dogs away. ", "Thanks to everyone who has shared their experiences with using coffee grounds so far. One potential problem: I break up a cinnamon stick in to my grounds prior to brewing for additional flavor. I have native rain forest plants and just happened empty a coffee shop straight onto drip line as a thick mulch and transformed my garden with green lucious growth. Coffee grounds are often said to be acidic but this can vary a lot, from very acidic to slightly alkaline, so don’t expect them to acidify higher pH soils. I let the worms work them in for me. The reason for this could be that coffee beans contain caffeine, which is said to suppress the growth of other plants to reduce competition for space, nutrients, water and sunlight. Nothing is covered thicky, I just toss 'em out - easy to do! My current plan is to dump the used grounds into a container ever morning and then bring it home on Fridays and work it into my garden over the weekend. A good aged compost material for top dressing your lawn will provide organic nutrients and moisture to your lawn. Blackbirds and thrushes have a field day. ", "Hi Sheila. They looked beautiful, but they tasted awful!! 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