Do you drink coffee? My wife and I down two mugs or so each morning. We ground our own (Peet’s) coffee beans and then drip brew the delicious elixir. It wards off the demons from the night before. Before we realize it, we are socially and professionally productive again! I edit my writing best with a steaming mug of Java by my side.
But recent research has shown that coffee has more benefits for humans than just the caffeine kick. You’ve probably read this news. What you may not know is that used coffee grounds are a fabulous source of growth nutrients for your garden plants also. If all grows well in our garden, my wife and I deposit our morning’s Java grounds in one of our two compost bins. But if an important plant is struggling, we put the laggard on a Java regimen.
Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and many beneficial minerals for the garden. Nitrogen is your basic green growth rocket fuel. The beneficial minerals are the longer lasting nutrients that sustain your struggling plant through its darker hours. Sprinkle three or four mornings of coffee grounds around the base of your bush or tree then water the grounds into the soil with a gallon or so of H2O. Before you know it, your struggling herbacious child will most likely be greener, leafier, and healthier.
Mind you, spent coffee grounds do not cure all that ails your garden. But we have seen miraculous recoveries as a result of our Java treatment. And guess what? Oh, you knew the answer already – it’s free, natural and naked!