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  • Seattlefiggirl
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    ahh very good to know thank you!

  • AustinPermie
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    If you use it in your potted trees, be sure to account for that as part of your fertilizer regiment, otherwise, you might have more nitrogen than you desire.

  • Sod
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    Dang. Works great for me

  • JCT
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    Please tell this to the slugs and snails in my garden. I tried to put a layer of coffee grounds around some plants that the snails seemed to love, but they went right over the grounds! I could see the snail trails go right over the coffee and onto the plant. I went back to Sluggo....

  • FigHearted
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    They are supposed to be quite neutral after making your cup of joe. And why do they call it a cup of joe in the first place?

    LOL - you want gnats? Just put out a pile of spent grounds somewhere. Finely chopped, moist, organic material...... yum yum!! Hotel California for gnats.

    You can check out any time you like,
    But you can never leave!


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  • LotusEater
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    I've never tested this experimentally but I've read that because the acid in coffee beans is water soluble, little to no acid remains in the grounds once they have been used. Surely someone has tested used coffee grounds for acid content/PH?

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  • RocketSkates
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    I’ve heard they are great for acid loving plants like hydrangea and blueberries. I’m curious if adding much could adversely impact the pH of the soil for figs. Also, I wonder how much of a deterrent it could be for fungus gnats; has anyone had any experience with this?

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  • TahomaGuy2
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    Over the years, I've been told by a few good sources that coffee grounds are a beneficial addition to any garden...AS LONG AS THEY ARE COMPOSTED FIRST!
    Also can sprinkle a small circle around the base of young plants to deter slugs, because the course grounds tear-up their delicate undersides

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  • Bry
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  • Seattlefiggirl
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    ok thank you so much to learn

  • Dale_M
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    I don't know about figs, but my grandmother dumped her coffee grounds in the the raspberry patch outside her back door since the civil war (ok, 1930s) and as a child, I relished those raspberries.

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  • FigHearted
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    Seattlefiggirl, just remember that coffee grounds are very fine particles that do not dissolve. Any time you add fine, non-soluble particles to your potting mix, you are going to increase the water retention because you have increased the amount of surface area to which the water molecules will adhere. The amount of surface area in 1 cup of pea gravel vs 1 cup of coffee grounds is exponentially different.

  • Seattlefiggirl
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    thank you so much i think im not too worry about tea leaves i guess its the coffee grounds that is different.

  • FigHearted
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    Seattlefiggirl , try not to over think it. You need to get a feel for it. Remember, it's not rocket science. You are trying to mimic Mother Nature and how all things decompose. Some of this, some of that, a little of this, a little of that, etc. Personally, I do not use a lot of the coffee grounds. Where I do use a lot of them is in my worm bin, as they love it. But even then, I don't put too much in at once, maybe a half cup at a time when I remember.

    Here is what I would suggest. If you are using a 5 gallon bucket, I would say no more than 1/3 cup sprinkled over the top and mixed in. If you are talking about composting, I'm sorry, but I do not compost. Physically, I cannot deal with all the labor that composting requires. I have a worm bin that even in our Vegas 117+ F summer heat has survived and even reproduced, which is where I do use them, as they love it. But even then, I don't put too much in at once, maybe a half cup at a time when I remember.

    I'm sure there are a lot of others here who do compost who can answer your questions on that. Since I don't do it, I'd hate to guess and steer you wrong. Maybe do a search here and if none, start a new thread on it. I'm sure you can get a lot of good information from members here who do compost. Oh, and tea leaves I know would be great in any compost mix. Leaves are Mother Nature's transporters of nutrients. Mother Nature's cycle of nutrients is ground to roots, to leaves, to back to the ground again.

  • Bry
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    Sorry...just having fun with google translate. I mostly use coffee grounds in my compost piles along with leaves, grass clippings, etc. I'm interested to see if the coffee gives a nitrogen lift! Supposed to be 2.0 - 0.3 - 0.3 (NPK)

  • Bry
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    Dans mon jardin...

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  • Seattlefiggirl
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    " Think of it like adding salt or other seasonings to what you are cooking (minus the tasting part, LOL). Sprinkle it on top and mix it in a bit. " ill remember to lightly salt my soil using coffee grounds easy way to remember now very helpful. What if i mix grounded coffee in with a bunch of food waste? Is there any way to see that i have used too much? just as a just in case i over used coffee ground? is there a sign of the water not penetrating? I think the ratio is 10% coffee grounds compared to food waste. By the way how about tea leaves? how does it help or not when i use it? and what to do with sawdust (these are leftover from bareroots during shipment)? thank you so much!

  • FigHearted
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    Seattlefiggirl To me, no soil amendment is worth the risk of pulling out an existing and growing fig tree. Just mix it in your soil mix when first preparing to up-pot. Not a lot, just as an amendment. If it is too late for that, just mix it with other amendments or else just sprinkle over the top. Think of it like adding salt or other seasonings to what you are cooking (minus the tasting part, LOL). Sprinkle it on top and mix it in a bit. You have plenty of time to add more if you need it. But it is a real pain to remove if you add to much at once and clog up watering.

    I used to use coffee grounds, but have not for a while. If I remember correctly, it keeps ants away, too. I remember making a ring of the grounds about 1" - 1.5" thick a couple of inches away from the trunk. The ants didn't cross it. I then had to make sure that the leaves didn't touch anything else that the ants could and would climb up to cross over. The only thing is, if you top water, your ring will not last long if you are not careful.

    Also, be careful to remember that coffee grounds are small particles. They are also absorbent particles. Both of these traits make for good moisture holders in the ground. Too much of a good thing can be bad. The down side is they can hold too much water and upset the balance that you are used to when it comes to watering and lead to root rot for container grown plants.

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  • Sod
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    Earthworms love coffee grounds. Definitely add spent grounds to your compost. While a top layer will mold, it also dissuades (ie kills) slugs and snails because they can’t handle the caffeine, even in small amounts. It’s a great natural alternative to salts and baits.

    I've seen the theory that it stunts growth, but I haven’t seen that happen to my plants, but I don’t use a really large amount and all the grounds I use are spent.

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  • Seattlefiggirl
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    FigHearted how do you mix it in? im thinking of using for my potted figs, do i need to like pull the fig out and put coffee ground under than put fig on top? or like mix it with new soil then i can lay it over without pulling the pot out?

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  • Johnson1
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    Coffee grounds are rumored to inhibit growth in large quantities. I've used them in small amounts; for larger amounts composting might be better.

    Let us know how large amounts fare.

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  • FigHearted
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    Starbucks is always happy to save them up and give them to you. Like others have said, do not pack them on top. Mix them in. If you put them as a layer, they will cake up and make it hard for water to get through, too.

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  • Lp936
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    I went into various starbucks and asked for used grounded coffee over a month period. Must have collected few hundreds pound!

    Before soil is hard clay, but now is so much better, plus attract lots of earth worms. Hard to attribute to the coffee alone since I also mixed in compost and woodchips mulch.

    Felt odd and weird asking for used coffee, but totally worth it.

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  • Bry
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    Ever done bokashi?

  • DrDraconian
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    If you like a bunch of green mold, then go for it

    Don't put it on in a solid layer like a mulch, it will cake up and mold as I mentioned. Feel free to include in your soil mix as an amendment though.

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