Friday, June 18, 2010
I have always thought to myself that I needed to go to a coffee house and ask for their used coffee grounds (don’t use new as they are too acidic) for my compost. However, I am not a coffee drinker. So, I always forget to do this (and don’t have any of my own).
Today I happen to be at Starbucks for a snack. I was SO excited when they had an awesome bucket out front that had these large bags of used coffee grounds, already ready to go. They even put them into the empty coffee grounds bags so there is no additional packaging other than the sticker to seal it. I always think about stuff like extra packaging for things. Anyways, these bags of used coffee grounds are free and now super convenient! I could have kissed the woman behind the counter when I saw this!
I am no composting master and have never used these before in my compost. However, the sticker from starbucks had great information about it. When I got home with my bag of coffee grounds I did a bit more research about using this.
*In my research I also found coffee grounds are a great way to organically take care of slugs, ants, and to keep cats from using your garden as their toilet.
So, I decided to use it straight in my garden first. The kids loved helping me spread it into the garden and it was a great way to reinforce that plants need food and water. Then, I dumped the rest of it in my compost. I also added some ash, to the compost, that I have from my patio fireplace (all wood burning). I have always heard about adding this as well.
I’m curious to know if other people have used either coffee grounds or ash and what their results/opinions have been!!!
Happy gardening and composting!