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7 Surprising Ways to Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

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I love composting, but sometimes it can be hard to balance all the nutrients that need to go in there. However, coffee grounds are great for the compost pile because they can give it that extra boost of nitrogen needed to best take care of your plants.

Coffee grounds are also great supplements to soil because it enhances some of the features to make it even better. For example, coffee grounds in the soil can improve drainage and water retention as well as aerate the soil to make it more hospitable towards plants.

Acid-lover plants (like azaleas) will also love having coffee grounds mixed into their soil. The coffee grounds will lower the soil’s pH level, and your acid-lover plants will love YOU for that!

Some pests, such as slugs, snails, and ants, can be repelled using coffee grounds. The caffeine in them repel and even kill some of those critters, which is great news for you! Sprinkle the coffee grounds around your plants or just on the border of your garden to help protect them.

Mulch is another great reason to add coffee grounds to your garden. The density of the coffee grounds help insulate the ground, which keeps the roots of your plants warm and toasty. Their favorite!

If you have a worm bin, then throw those leftover coffee grounds into it! Worms love it, and they’ll be extra productive for your use in the garden.

Make coffee ground “tea” by soaking some coffee grounds in a bucket of water for a while. Once the water turns an amber color, drain the leftover grounds out and put the liquid in a spray bottle. Spray that onto your plants, and it’ll provide them with extra nutrients to help grow!

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