This week we will continue to cruise along the same wavelength as last week’s blog post, which talked about our coffee’s byproduct after brewing a pot of coffee. Most everyone who drinks coffee has probably heard about putting the grounds into gardens, nurseries, yards, and so on. But what exactly do coffee grounds for the soil and plants and why is it good for them?
The definition of composting is: “a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land”. That’s exactly what the coffee grounds do for the soil—it helps condition the land! Let’s think in Lehman’s terms, since most of us don’t have a horticulture degree. Just as most of us use a conditioner for our hair, coffee grounds can be seen in the same regards. Conditioner isn’t do the grunt work that shampoo does, but it’s a necessary weekly addition to our daily routine… coffee grounds don’t “make” the soil what it is, but instead, there are nutrients within the coffee (nitrogen rich in particular) that is a great additive to the already existing soil composition. Nitrogen is one of the three key ingredients in fertilizer, so by adding coffee grounds into the soil, it will allow the plants to grow more abundantly and give them a boost to eventually become healthier, livelier and flourish.
So before you take your grounds and throw them directly on your plans (yes, I have put them directly in my succulent pot before at home and didn’t work the way I was expecting, make sure you understand how to properly apply the coffee grounds to your plants, garden, or whatever else you might be growing!