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Drink Coffee, Make Dirt

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Every organic gardener knows, compost is the key to soil success. For the past two years the local organic landscaping company, Giving Tree Gardens has been hauling and processing our coffee waste, as well as spent grains from local brewers, turning it into the finest dirt in the Twin Cities.  This top quality soil is utilized in urban farms, landscapes, and gardens right here in Minneapolis.

Here are a few tips for using coffee grounds in your own home compost:

  • Sprinkle used grounds around plants before rain or watering, for a slow-release nitrogen.
  • Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance. Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during composting.
  • Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer. Use about a half-pound can of wet grounds in a five-gallon bucket of water; let sit outdoors to achieve ambient temperature.

  • Mix into soil for houseplants or new vegetable beds.

  • Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests.

  • If you are into vermi-posting, feed a little bit to your worms.
  • Stop by our roastery M-F, 8am-4pm to pick up free burlap bags to use as ground cover, weed barriers or to make your own "garden in a bag"!
  • Bring the power of your coffee full cycle by contacting Giving Tree at (612) 227-0115 to sign up for an organic home landscape consultation!

Please email if you have other uses for coffee grounds that you’d like us to share.



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