In preparation for spring, we’re on the hunt for ways to fertilize gardens the green way, avoiding toxic chemicals and saving money. One trick that works is the use of coffee grounds that you can collect from your own pot, or even from your local barista.
How does it work? Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, a mineral nutrient in soil that most plants need for healthy growth. Adding nitrogen-rich coffee grounds to the soil in your flower or vegetable garden gives them the nutrients they need.
How do you start? Plan to fertilize regularly, and start storing large amounts of coffee grounds in plastic storage containers. If you are trying to give up caffeine, you can always go to your local coffee shop or even Starbucks, who have a policy of offering their spent espresso grinds to anyone who asks for them. While you should avoid putting coffee grounds directly on your plants, you can put them in water and sprinkle the soil around your plants, allowing your garden to avoid unwanted insects and pests. Your flowers and plants will thank you, and you’ve done your part to save money and turn trash into a fertile, beautiful garden!