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By Anderwood
January 26, 2014

A free nitrogen source that is 2% by volume!

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jan 25, 2014 8:52 PM CST
So many threads refer to coffee grounds as being acidic but the pH testers tell a different story.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 26, 2014 3:52 AM CST
Yes, they are neutral. Mine go into my compost bin or sometimes directly into the garden. Very useful. I use unbleached coffee filters so they can go right along into the composter as well.
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kqcrna
Jan 26, 2014 6:11 AM CST
I did this with a local coffee shop for a while but lost my source when they went out of business. There aren't any others close enough to make it handy.

I save our own grounds in a coffee can until full, Sometimes I add it to the compost, and sometimes just fling it into the yard.

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jan 26, 2014 6:20 AM CST
Great idea! I am going to save mine.
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rocklady
Jan 26, 2014 9:15 AM CST
SongofJoy said:Yes, they are neutral. Mine go into my compost bin or sometimes directly into the garden. Very useful. I use unbleached coffee filters so they can go right along into the composter as well.


We do that, too.

Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jan 26, 2014 10:18 AM CST
They work best scratched lightly into the soil. All I do throw outside, on the one garden by the kitchen door, get scratched into the soil when I clean the garden in spring and it's always the first to be cleaned because it's our favorite. We do have a compost pail in the attached garage but when it was inside it drew too many fruit flies. We have six big compost bins for the garden and the contents of the pail keep getting added to the compost but during this frigid, freezing, snowy winter it isn't easy to dig through the compost to add more goodies so we're also using a heavy duty plastic bag until the outdoor compost defrosts...maybe by April with the weather this year.

This is the garden that benefits most from the coffee grounds only because it's so close to the kitchen door.

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 26, 2014 1:54 PM CST
I so snowy and icy here, I wouldn't even try to walk to my compost bins. I'd probably kill myself trying.

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greene
Jan 26, 2014 2:55 PM CST
Sprinkle the coffee grounds on the icy sidewalks for better traction....oh, right, then you would have nothing to carry out to the compost bin. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jan 26, 2014 3:17 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

But, she would at least be alive for the next trip. LOL!!
Susan

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jan 26, 2014 3:25 PM CST
Cute, Greene!

Smart idea, Susan!
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jan 26, 2014 3:55 PM CST
Thanks Pirl. Green Grin! BTW, I love that Hosta Garden!!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 26, 2014 4:35 PM CST
Thanks!
Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Jan 26, 2014 8:47 PM CST
Yeah, you can tell that hostage bed is loving the extra nitrogen. It's beautiful!

The grounds from my coffee pot get mixed in with the kitchen scraps. I have a bucket out the back door for all of that stuff. The grounds from the coffee shop go on top of my hugelkulture bed. My two bins are full of shredded leaves/grass and more grounds.

It is my first time trying hugelkulture, so I'm excited to see the results!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 26, 2014 9:02 PM CST
Thanks.

Our six compost bins have dwindled down but we have a few of them loaded with chipping items and that will be done, and more compost made, in March. Since we no longer have the vegetable garden I think 6 bins will be sufficient for a very long time.
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jan 27, 2014 7:44 AM CST
@Pirl, they look nice and big.


@Anderwood, that's a pretty little girl you have! Ask her if I can borrow her socks. Lovey dubby
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 27, 2014 12:30 PM CST
I brought a big, 3-mil plastic bag to one Starbucks that puts out grounds in 5-pound bags when they get around to it.

They were happy to dump their whole wastebasket full of grounds into my bag so they didn't have to shovel them out and bag and tape them.

I left quickly so other gardeners wouldn't see me hogging all their grounds. *Blush*

7-11 seems to throw their grounds away before I wake up!
Name: Greene
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greene
Jan 27, 2014 12:37 PM CST
Don't forget Huddle House; that is another good source for coffee ground...and egg shells, too.
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jan 27, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Nice Rick!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 23, 2015 12:47 PM CST
@Anderwood

Reid - how is your hugelkultur working out?
Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Oct 23, 2015 3:47 PM CST
@pirl I have since moved from the garden in the article, but went back to visit. It was covered by the most vigorous volunteer squash and pumpkins I have ever seen!!!

The fall a year ago I piled shredded leaves on the area. It was sad to leave it, but I am start of other hugelkultur beds.

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