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Name: Jo Taylor
East Texas area (Zone 8a)
blackjackgirl
Jun 20, 2014 7:51 AM CST
I know coffee grounds can be used but can liquid coffee also be used in the gardens? I always have left over coffee and hate to use pour it down the drain.
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drdawg
Jun 20, 2014 8:10 AM CST
I see no reason not to use it. Acid-loving plants would be where I would sprinkle/pour it, but perhaps you might want to dilute it if pouring it on/near a plant. I use all my coffee grounds around my azaleas, blue berry bush, and gardenia. I also incorporate it in my "custom-made" potting soil.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 20, 2014 8:31 AM CST
I also use left over coffee on my plants...Just add water to the pot and pour. Green Grin! I've even used it on my potted geraniums, and they've never bloomed better!

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pirl
Jun 20, 2014 8:35 AM CST
Jo - I always fill the coffee pot leftovers to the top and use it to water my plants. Even coffee grounds register neutral as testified by many pH tests to pounds of coffee grounds.
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jun 20, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Not plant related, but I put left over coffee in the crock pot when I make pot roast.
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kqcrna
Jun 20, 2014 12:05 PM CST
Leftover coffee? I never heard of such a thing!

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gingin
Jun 20, 2014 12:09 PM CST
makes a nice rich gravy
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 20, 2014 12:11 PM CST
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I imagine it would go a long way to making a nice rich gravy! Hadn't thought of that! Thumbs up
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 20, 2014 12:55 PM CST
Same here, there's no left over coffee at our place either. Gin that pot roast sounds good but doesn't it keep you awake?

Surprising that the coffee grounds are pH neutral. I wonder if the acid is brewed out into what we drink? If so then definitely dilute your leftovers before watering plants with it.
I think I need one of those analyzers.
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Bloomit
Jun 22, 2014 4:19 AM CST
Yes, dilute the coffee. I put the grounds into the compost bin. I read they aren't beneficial til some time later after they break down in the soil. And I feed my trees TEA, plain old brewed cooled off tea.
Name: Carole
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Jun 22, 2014 5:10 AM CST
I agree
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NJBob
Jun 23, 2014 9:40 PM CST
I also cannot imagine leftover coffee. If any left from the morning, it becomes nice glass of iced coffee later in the day.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 24, 2014 5:49 AM CST
I think the "come-away" message is: "If you are going to trash your left-over coffee/tea, why not put it in your compost/plant soil instead of just wasting it".
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