Uses for coffee grounds in your homestead
Recently, the Mrs has had to pop into a couple of coffee shops to pick up sandwiches for her office. She has started to bring back out something for herself - and I don’t mean a cuppa or a sandwich, heavens no, we wouldn’t spend a marked up price for something we could make at home for a lot less. She has been coming out of the coffee shops with their waste coffee grinds.
So let's have a look at the top uses for coffee grinds in the homestead:
- Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, so are ideal for giving nitrogen loving plants, such as blueberries, an extra burst.
- Coffee grounds are a good soil tonic, improving drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil.
- Coffee grounds can attract earthworms, and make excellent wormfood if you have a wormery or worm bin.
- Use the grounds as a mulch around the base of plants, this acts as a weed suppressant and helps the soil to retain moisture.
- The coffee grounds can act as a barrier keeping slugs and snails away from your tender crops. The caffeine in the grounds negatively affects these pests in a similar way as salt does. For this to work effectively, avoid decaffeinated coffee grounds.
- The coffee grounds can act as a natural cat repellent, helping to reduce cats from using your veg patch as a toilet.
Back in 2005, some local councils made it illegal for people to compost their tea bags and coffee grounds, you can find the reasoning for this ban by clicking below.