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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jan 28, 2015 7:00 PM CST
I read that a mound of coffee grounds is like candy to worms and you will get a lot
of worms if you did coffee ground mounds, never did see worms as a result, anyone else
ever heard this?
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jan 30, 2015 7:53 PM CST
I've heard it said many times, and when I had any worms, they did seem to zero in one coffee grounds.

I've also heard that slugs avoid coffee grounds, but I'm not sure I believe that.

However, I think my soil is too starved for worms to spend much time here. The first year I made a compost they, they arrived and thrived, but I haven't seen them since, even in my current compost heaps.

I was thrilled to go from:

"I have a few big worms"
to
"I have many small worms!"
to
"I have many medium-size worms!!"

But now I have very few worms.
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Coppice
Feb 25, 2015 7:32 AM CST
I find worm eggs are glued onto autumn leaves. Spread them around and a new crop of worms will be the result.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Feb 25, 2015 12:31 PM CST
I've thought about driving to a more residential neighborhood where bags of leaves might be left by the curb.

Or just buying worms ... but I think they are absent because I don't feed them (or the clay soil) ENOUGH compost.

Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Mar 12, 2015 8:27 AM CST
I have a worm tower (currently residing in heated garage for the winter) and, while I've never put coffee grounds in there (saving them for the outdoor compost pile), my red wigglers love bananas. They'll eat all but the outer most layer of the peel. Not sure if "outdoor" worms would be any different in their preferences. You might try bananas under a layer of shredded leaves.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 8, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Coming back to this worm thread to say that last year I was bemoaning (somewhere haha) the lack of worms here (it was my first year gardening and composting here) and that now there are worms everywhere.

I do compost coffee grounds and sometimes also "compost in place" -- put them right into the beds along with some other kitchen waste. Can't do too much of that as my housemate wouldn't like it but it sure does help the soil.

I also collected huge numbers of leaves last fall, and had one whole side of the yard ranked with big plastic garbage bags full of leaves. Most of those are used now as mulch and have been used in the compost as well. I have one bag left. Green Grin!

And everywhere I dig there are worms.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 8, 2015 7:51 AM CST
Kyla - I'm catching on to the kitchen scraps from DD. Have always thrown them in the compost pile but now adding to spot composting in the garden along with some coffee grounds and crushed egg shells, covered with shredded leaves. I even include the coffee filters. I am a little mindful of what I scraps I throw into garden beds as we have lots of raccoons and some possums.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 8, 2015 10:46 AM CST
I've stopped composting eggshells.... just because they take so long to break down and I end up with little cuts from their edges when I work the compost with my hands, which always ends up happening. I also compost the coffee filters which don't break down as fast as I'd like but at least that way I know I'm getting all the coffee grounds. Green Grin!

Banana skins are supposed to be fabulous for roses, by the way. And as for worms, the only thing I am pretty sure they don't like is citrus, so I don't compost any of that. But it helps the garbage pail smell better, so it's a win. hahaha
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 8, 2015 11:29 AM CST
I have heard that about banana skins and I do know that worms love bananas. Ah! good hint about the citrus peels - never thought of that! I don't mind putting the egg shells into the garden. I crush them in a plastic bag with an old rolling pin (if I'm not inclined to use a mortar and pestle) and sprinkle them around with coffee grounds before I mulch. I wear garden gloves most of the time due to poison ivy seedlings that pop up here so it's not an issue for me.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
May 8, 2015 12:01 PM CST
kylaluaz said:... I also compost the coffee filters which don't break down as fast as I'd like but at least that way I know I'm getting all the coffee grounds. Green Grin!


That's one reason I use the unbleached (brown) coffee filters. They aren't Glare White when one happens to be exposed. The brown filters just look like leaves.

Almost any kind of paper is a good "brown" for compost. It might be "slow-release" cellulose and lignin, but it all feeds the micro-herd eventually.

Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 8, 2015 1:38 PM CST
I had never heard of brown coffee filters, that is good to know.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 8, 2015 1:44 PM CST
Brown filters are unbleached. I have a 10 yo box that I use to stratify seeds in the fridge.
Good point, Rick, but I have a hard enough time finding filters to fit my Bunn coffeemaker. But once the white filters sit in a bucket with drying coffee grounds, they turn brown anyway. :)
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
May 8, 2015 3:31 PM CST
I was astonished that my white filters didn't stain right away. But they didn't, not sitting in the yogurt quart jar for a week, or in the compost heap for several weeks.

It was like the old black and white movie where someone invented a cloth that never got dirty: no matter how old, they always looked like a white spotlight on a tuxedo shirt. As if the paper were not only bleached, but also stain-proofed. It seems impossible, but that's what I saw.

Coffee stains everything else!

Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 8, 2015 5:29 PM CST
Granted - they don't turn as brown as you would think but they aren't bright white anymore. Makes me wonder if I should switch to one of those gold screen inserts instead. Hmm....
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
May 8, 2015 6:39 PM CST
I'm not paranoid about bleached paper, let alone unbleached paper.

But after my youth in the chemical industry and working in labs, I'm not very afraid of anything that isn't a Class Five carcinogen or doesn't dissolve the soles off my shoes.

If it just burns the hair off my forearms and makes me dizzy ... well, been there, done that, had my urine sample checked.

YMMV

Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 9, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Hilarious!
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BlondieRides
May 24, 2015 10:19 PM CST
Shadegardener said:I have heard that about banana skins and I do know that worms love bananas. Ah! good hint about the citrus peels - never thought of that! I don't mind putting the egg shells into the garden. I crush them in a plastic bag with an old rolling pin (if I'm not inclined to use a mortar and pestle) and sprinkle them around with coffee grounds before I mulch. I wear garden gloves most of the time due to poison ivy seedlings that pop up here so it's not an issue for me.


I dry my eggshells in the oven after cleaning them, them run them through the coffee grinder. I'm thinking of asking a local diner if I can give them a bin for egg shells.... Don't want to overdo it too much. We use about 4 teaspoons of coffee a day.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 25, 2015 8:18 AM CST
I know places like Starbucks sometimes have bins for bags of used coffee grounds that are free to anyone that wants them . That would be great if cafes, diners or restaurants could save egg shells as well. I never have questioned the use of egg shells because it seems like a good idea. Not that I've ever had my soil tested. I wonder how much calcium, etc is really released over time and if it would be detrimental to have too much. Hmmm - now I'm curious.
Name: Linda
Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a)
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In2art
Aug 2, 2015 6:11 PM CST
I have a worm bin and put most of my kitchen scraps in there. I cut the banana peels into about 1" lengths and run everything through a food processor. The smaller it is, the faster the worms can break it down. Plus I never have to sieve it or pick out any uncomposted chunks at the end. Putting it in a plastic baggie in the freezer also helps. Explodes cell walls and food is easier to break down. I have also run scraps + water in vitamix blender and just pour it on the soil in the garden.
Name: Linda
Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a)
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In2art
Aug 2, 2015 6:13 PM CST
I should mention that I have LOADS of worms in my soil. I started with rocky clay 15 years ago

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