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How to use Coffee Grounds in your Small Indoor, Balcony or Backyard Garden

Updated: 12 hours ago

I like the idea of not just throwing waste out and finding some kind of use for it, whether it is in the garden or not.


If you have pondered this question, you'll be pleased to know that you can use coffee in the garden and I will explain how and why.


Coffee with plants and succulents on a table


Coffee is a fertilizer, and it contains nutrients that the plants like. You might be thinking, coffee is really strong in caffeine and acidity which surely can’t be great for plants.


Yes, that’s true for the unbrewed coffee grounds. Once you had a fill of your favorite coffee, you've consumed most of the caffeine it contains, so what's left is a lesser version, which can be used in the garden.


If you have a compost pile, then you can add your used coffee grounds to help make rich compost. You can also add them as mulch on top of your potting soil to help the container itself retain more moisture and it will slowly leach out fertiliser.


Coffee grounds are slightly acidic, but that's ok, some plants love this slightly acidic environment such as carrots, radishes, blueberries, hydrangeas, azaleas, and lily of the valley.




woman thinking and stirring her coffee in her kitchen with hanging plants behind her



If you’ve used coffee grounds in any other way or tried some of the methods above, then let me know in the comments below.


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