5 Ways to Use Coffee in the Garden

Coffee. The gift that keeps on giving. The benefits of coffee don’t stop after you’ve enjoyed a cuppa, you can also make the most of your used coffee grounds too. Among its versatile uses, our favourite beans have been known to be the perfect organic addition to your garden!

Here are a few ways we like to reuse our grounds:

  • Mix some used coffee into your compost pile. Coffee helps break down other food waste more quickly than usual, just be careful not to overdo it – if more than a quarter of the total amount of compost is coffee it can become a little too acidic.
  • Sprinkle your used coffee grounds around your plants. The nitrogen in the coffee will be drawn into the soil below as the coffee dries out.
  • You can use coffee as a natural insect repellent too. Say good bye to those creepy crawlies without worrying about chemical deterrents.
  • Adding more coffee grounds to particularly acidic-loving plants can help them get the most out of the soil around them. Think roses, rhododendrons and gardenias.
  • Once you’ve finished up in the garden, you can use coffee grounds to help clean your tools - rub the grinds over the extra muddy bits to help loosen the dirt.
Happy gardening!TIP: If you're not quite sure how to make the perfect cafetiere of ground coffee, read our handy guide here.

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