The Naked Gardener: Java food

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!


2 Responses to The Naked Gardener: Java food

  1. Susan McClurg Berman says:

    Great way to recycle. Coffee grounds are great for gardenias, and camelias. I throw them on my roses too for good measure. If you don’t have grounds at home because you don’t drink coffee (like me), you can drop into your local Starbucks, ask them for a bag of their used grounds. They are delighted to get rid of them and will, depending on how busy they are, cart them out to the trunk of your car.

  2. Well written piece, David. I’m afraid many struggling herbacious children in my yard have not survived my purple thumb.

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