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Name: Christina Wall
Northern Cal. (Zone 8a)
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Wallflower
Aug 4, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Are coffee grounds truly good for garden soil?
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 4, 2016 12:58 PM CST
In a word? Yes. nodding
The burnt kind. I dump them into my compost, around rose bushes, azaleas, etc. all the time.

I find that they also work pretty well at getting rid of ant hills. Just pile them on, and I guess the ants just move...Don't believe it kills them, but they do vacate the area! Smiling
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sallysmom
Aug 4, 2016 1:23 PM CST
We do trench composting and have used them for years.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 4, 2016 1:41 PM CST
I don't throw any coffee grounds away............ever. Depending on the time of the year, I am either broadcasting the grounds around azaleas or dumping them into my potting media. I custom make all my own potting mixes in a 5 cf. wheelbarrow. I just mix it into the media. It does no good in the short-term, but given time, these grounds become a weak organic fertilizer. I used to believe that the grounds were acidic, and thus my using it around the azaleas. It is basically neutral, but still, as it breaks down around those bushes, it feeds them organically.
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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Aug 4, 2016 2:07 PM CST
YES! They are full of nitrogen, and the caffeine doesn't do the plants any harm either. I put all of mine in the composter. I also sometimes take old coffee that got cold in the pot and use it to water my plants.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 4, 2016 2:18 PM CST
They also work well as a cat deterrent ... Smiling My neighbor's cat used to love to use my freshly mulched beds for her cat box. I sprinkled dried, used coffee grounds on top of my mulch and I never had any problems finding cat poo in the mulch after I started top dressing the mulch with a bit of coffee grounds ... Big Grin
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 4, 2016 2:20 PM CST
That's a great idea, that I hadn't thought about! Thanks Lyn! Bye-Bye Kitty's!!!! Thumbs up
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Wallflower said:Are coffee grounds truly good for garden soil?


Yes, yes, and yes. But used coffee grounds.
Name: Christina Wall
Northern Cal. (Zone 8a)
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Wallflower
Aug 4, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Thank you very much everyone!😄
The part about the cats is a huge bonus!!!!!front yard will be cast few very soon!!!!!! 😆
Blessings to you!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 4, 2016 3:06 PM CST
I did not know that, Lyn. When I bring my (best) blooming plumeria inside the solarium to over-winter, my Puff loves to curl up in the pots. I guess the potting soil is cool. I am going to try that. Of course, I guess I will end up with a solarium that has the aroma of a Starbucks. Whistling I guess there are worse smells.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 4, 2016 3:12 PM CST
If I had to choose between the scent of coffee and cat poo ... no contest ... Whistling
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Aug 4, 2016 3:13 PM CST
RoseBlush1 said:If I had to choose between the scent of coffee and cat poo ... no contest ... Whistling


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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 4, 2016 3:16 PM CST
No poo, just cat-in-the-pot. She gets dirty. nodding
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