The Miracle of Coffee

And yes, I very personally know the miracle of my morning cups of coffee…it is a miracle. In fact, I have a sign in my kitchen: “Do not talk to me in the morning until I’ve had my second cup of coffee.” And that is pretty much true. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about as a fertilizer.

Since I was a child, I’ve known about composting coffee grounds. I know they condition the soil, and why fill the dump up with them when they are beneficial? Recently, I was having a discussion with someone and they said, “Worms love coffee.” What??? I had never heard of such a thing. So, of course, I had to go to Google and do a search. About 55,000 posts came up. Yes, they do love coffee grounds. And coffee is also a source of nitrogen, the element that helps plants grow their green leaves. It’s also very acid so, personally, I would avoid using it on things like lilacs, which like soil that is a little more alkaline.

Ready to go out to the garden!

Ready to go out to the garden!

For the last couple of months, I have been sprinkling my used coffee grounds around my garden. First, around the bases of specific plants which looked weak or had been recently pruned or planted, then on the rest of the garden. I don’t scratch it into the soil, but some people recommend it. I’m doing the same with the leftover coffee in the pot: pouring it around the bases of plants. We are doing it in Wilmington, too.

Look at those new, giant leaves on this gardenia!  Coffee!

Look at those new, giant leaves on this gardenia! Coffee!

Call me crazy, but I swear the plants I’ve done this to look more lush, a much more deep, velvety green and are taking off. I’m thinking it’s two-fold: the coffee grounds themselves are nourishing the soil; and the worms are eating the grounds, and the resulting worm castings (okay, poop) are piled up everywhere. And worm castings are very rich in nutrients for the soil and plants.

I’m told that Starbucks will save used coffee grounds if requested, also.

We’re sold on it. Why not give it a try?

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