Used Coffee Grounds - A great natural fertilizer.
I drink a lot of coffee. I love the process of making it. I like the taste, of course I don't mind the caffeine either - but it leaves me with a lot of used coffee grounds. As mentioned in other Life Home Living pieces we like things that do double duty a digital scale and measuring cup all-in-one is a great example of that. So I started digging around for things that I could do with all of the spent coffee grounds from my morning pot of Joe. Several interesting potential uses popped up in my searches - they can be used as an abrasive cleaner, or when dried out apparently make a good deodorizer for the fridge in place of something like baking soda. The Applications that appealed to me the most though were in the yard, I love to garden and we have covered off on here before on subjects like getting a greener lawn and growing better tomatoes. The idea that in these used coffee grounds I had an organic, FREE, and readily available fertilizer just sitting in my trash was exciting to say the least. Not only does coffee work as a fertilizer it has a number of other in garden benefits, Used coffee grounds can:
1.) Be used to repel slugs and snails.
2.) Repel ants, if they are crawling up your trees sprinkle them in a circle around the base.
3.) As a high nitrogen element in compost.
Most of all though used coffee grounds make a very good fertilizer, especially if your soil is low in nitrogen, they contain over 2% at a ratio of 24:1 - our west especially or in places with soil that is high in clay or sand this is a great addition directly to the soil. You can applu used coffee grounds 2 ways: the easy way as a solid or as a liquid. I tend to prefer option one which means I just rake them into the soil about 2 inches deep. If you want to make a liquid fertilizer for more even application soak about 2 cups of coffee grounds in a 5 gallon bucket overnight and then apply directly.