Don’t throw out those used coffee grounds: Your plants need ’em.
Composting is a low-maintenance way to minimize personal kitchen waste, create cheap, nutrient-rich fertilizer, and contribute to the health and productivity of a personal or community garden. Compost is a great gift for plants: It naturally helps replenish the nutrients drawn out of the soil by their roots. Good thing, then, that the same stuff we use to perk ourselves up in the morning can do the same for soil.
Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, which is one of the three main nutrient components—along with potassium and phosphorus—in any successful fertilizer.
Worms love the stuff! They’ll munch your day-old coffee happily, turning it into black gold by digesting it and producing nutrient-rich castings.
Are you interested in being part of the Coffee Grounds programme?
If the answer is YES, and you are a gardener, look for the Coffee Ground Recycling sign in participating café and restaurant windows around Mudgee….
Are you a café or restaurant that uses a huge amount of grinds? Perhaps you would like to supply the grounds to gardeners AND reduce your landfill waste too??
Here’s how it works ( it’s very simple…)
- Laminated signs are displayed in participating café and restaurant windows around Mudgee.
- Where you see the sign, pop into the café and ask if you can collect some of their used grounds.
- Put your name and contact number on a clean plastic pail with a sealing lid ( these are available cheaply at hardware stores) and leave at the café.
- Collect your bucket when it’s full, and tip straight into your compost.
- Repeat steps 3 & 4 to your composting heart’s content!
PARTICIPATING CAFES IN MUDGEE
Alby & Esthers – up the alley 61 Market Street P 6372 1555
Arbuckles Restaurant – 84 Church St, Mudgee P 6372 7299
Cafe 89, 89 Market Street Mudgee P 6372 4889
Market Street Cafe, 79 Market St, P 6372 0052
Mudgee Corner Store, Corner of Horatio and Lewis St, Mudgee P 6372 1441
Sajos Restaurant 22 Church St, P 6372 2722
Muffin Break – Big W complex, Mudgee
Wineglass Bar & Grill, Corner of Perry and Market St , Mudgee, P 6372 3417
Contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be put in contact with composting gardeners, or participating cafés and restaurants where you can collect your grounds.
How to Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden
Add to the compost. Coffee grounds are able to speed up the decomposing process in compost. Add two teaspoons of lime for every 5 kilograms of coffee grounds. Don’t use more than a quarter of the heap as coffee grounds and keep the size of the heap small.
- Add grounds to plants that need a pH between 3.0 and 5.0. The addition of coffee grounds to hydrangeas is good for blue blooms. Blueberries, cranberries, and citrus fruits also like coffee added to their soil. Other coffee-loving plants include camellias, gardenias, rhododendrons, and vireyas.
- When adding coffee grounds directly to your garden as a mulch and soil conditioner, add a pinch of lime. This ensures that the pH is adequately balanced.
- Make a liquid feeder. Place a handful of coffee grounds into a bucket of water. Leave for a day or two to create a nice amber-coloured liquid. Feed plants as needed.
- Coffee grounds can also be used to deter pests. Slugs, snails and slaters are not fond of coffee grounds sprinkled around plants or dug into the soil.