First Enjoy Coffee, then off to the Bed!

First Enjoy Coffee, then off to the Bed!

Spring can be seen just in time for Easter. It’s finally getting warmer and the sun is no longer hiding. Just the right time to enjoy delicious coffee in the garden or on the balcony again. Then you notice that it’s time to bring the garden back into shape: the leaves have to be swept up, the bushes trimmed and the lawn mowed. Wondering what gardening and a tempting coffee break have in common? The answer is hidden in your coffee grounds.

What can coffee grounds do for plants?

Are you currently enjoying the sun, which has been showing for a long time? Then simply prepare your favorite coffee and drink it in your garden or balcony. It tastes much better that way. And we have a very special use for the coffee grounds that are always used when preparing this delicious hot drink. Because especially in the spring time, the first buds sprout in the garden and the potted plants on the balcony need fresh soil to grow. You can use your coffee grounds as fertilizer. Coffee is a natural product and contains a lot of nitrogen and other nutrients. Most of the nitrogen and plant nutrients such as phosphorus or sulfur are retained even after roasting and brewing. So just plant your coffee grounds to nourish your plants. The coffee grounds enrich the soil in your garden with humus and ensure a more acidic pH value.

Planting coffee grounds to provide nutrients to bushes and flowers

It is best to collect your coffee grounds in a bucket until you have a certain amount. Empty your filter bag or the collecting container of your fully automatic machine in this bucket and place it in a dry place so that your natural fertilizer does not start to go moldy. Incidentally, with a sieve as an insert, the coffee grounds dry even better. When you have collected a large amount of coffee grounds, it’s time to fertilize. Put a few handfuls of natural fertilizer at the root of the soil and work it in. If you use mulch in your beds, you can also cover the coffee grounds with some bark mulch. 

Important: Don’t just leave your natural fertilizer lying on the ground. In this way it has no effect. Plants such as hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias particularly like acidic soil.

The natural fertilizer is also suitable for potted plants

You don’t have a garden with large shrubs, just potted plants on your balcony? For this too, your coffee grounds are worth their weight in gold. In the spring, the time has usually come to repot the plants or fill the pots with new soil. Put some coffee grounds in the pot and mix it with the potting soil before planting your plant. So the coffee has not only provided you with its wonderful aromas, but now also nourishes your flowers with nutrients and trace elements.

On the other hand, you should not plant your indoor plants with coffee grounds. In contrast to the loose earth in the garden, the coffee powder in the pot has little or no decomposition. In the worst case, your natural fertilizer will only start to mold. But maybe you share your brewed black gold with your plants. Because cold black coffee is perfect as a free fertilizer that you almost always have at home or can be brewed quickly. Mixed with the same amount of water, you can use it for both indoor and balcony plants to water. Don’t take too much coffee, however. Half a cup per week and per plant – if it is a very small pot, correspondingly less – is completely sufficient. If you mean it too well with the coffee, the soil can acidify and your plant dies.

Fight pests with coffee grounds

Coffee is also great for pest control. The little black mosquitoes that frolic in the potting soil and burst apart while watering the flowers, the so-called sciarid gnats, don’t like coffee at all. The caffeine in coffee kills the larvae that live in the soil. Mix water with normal strength coffee in a ratio of 1: 1 and water your plant with it. If you want to get rid of aphids , you can apply the coffee-water mixture to the leaves with an atomizer.

Conclusion: coffee grounds as fertilizer

Coffee is not only an aromatic hot drink that sweetens coffee drinkers for many an hour, but can also be used for gardening. The coffee grounds that normally end up in the trash get a second appearance and are used sensibly. In addition, the coffee grounds don’t pollute the environment as much as chemical fertilizers do. Just enjoy your coffee in the garden and give your plants a little feel-good treatment afterwards.