Gardeners can use a variety of different products to help their garden thrive during the summer months, with some opting for more natural methods. Experts have shared how Brits can brighten up plants using natural ingredients from home, specifically coffee grounds.
Coffee has undeniable benefits when it comes to waking up the human body (especially during the morning hours).
However, its power is not limited to the kitchen. Instead, this caffeinated staple is just as impactful in the garden, where experts use coffee grounds to benefit their plants.
Coffee expert Lewis Spencer of Coffee Direct explained: “Used coffee grounds – left over from the use of a coffee maker – contain a substantial amount of nitrogen, as well as potassium and phosphorus.
“These properties make them perfect for gardening activities, such as composting.
“It’s an innovative way to use something that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.”
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“Leftover diluted coffee can also create liquid plant fertilizer.
“Simply mix two cups of brewed coffee grounds with five gallons of water in a bucket overnight.”
For those wondering how to make compost, experts recommend adding coffee grounds to your ingredients.
Plant doctors at Patch Plants said: “Scientists say a balance of ‘greens’ and ‘browns’ is needed to create the proper environment for composting to occur.”
“Greens” are nitrogen-rich materials that are used by microorganisms in the soil for growth and reproduction, and “browns” are carbon-rich materials used to feed microorganisms and give them life. energy.
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“Greens” include items like fruit and vegetable peelings and used coffee grounds.
The “browns” include items such as dried leaves, twigs, and newspaper.
The gardening pros added: “When mixing green and brown, you have to remember the 1:4 ratio (one part green, one part brown).
“If you have too much green matter, your compost pile will start to smell bad, but if you don’t have enough green matter, the compost pile won’t heat up because the microorganisms don’t have enough energy. to do their job.
“After about three months, your old coffee grounds will have been turned into nutrient-rich compost, giving your plants a much-needed boost.”
It is important to mix the compost well to prevent the coffee grounds from “drying out”.
The dried coffee compacts and acts as a barrier, preventing water from reaching the soil below.
“Acid-loving plants especially like coffee grounds because they lower the pH level of the soil, making it more acidic,” says Jason White, CEO of All About Gardening.
He added: “Your roses, azaleas, lilies and hollies because they are acid-loving plants and will thrive best in the acidic characteristic of coffee grounds.”
However, while coffee grounds have their undeniable benefits, Lindsey Hyland of Urban Organic Yield warns that this trick doesn’t work for all plants.
She said: “Tomatoes and rhododendrons are sensitive to coffee grounds and can develop brown leaf tips if they come in contact with the grounds.”
Likewise, Kate Russell of the Daily Gardener urges gardeners to keep coffee grounds away from freshly sown areas, as it can reduce sprouting.