Coffee Grounds and 10 Great Uses

Recently I have become obsessed with the use of coffee grounds and how they boost life in the garden. Gardening has become a little passion of mine, at the weekends spending time in the dirt is my favorite thing to do. In 1995 Starbucks introduced Grounds for your Garden. Grounds for your Garden provides interested customers with complimentary five-pound (2.27-kilogram) bags of soil-enriching coffee grounds. Where commercial composting is available, diverting any remaining coffee grounds and food waste from the landfill.  What a concept, I can't get my local brew cafe to get on board to save their coffee grounds. It's too bad that concept hasn't quite grabbed everyone by surprise.  In this blog, listed below are ten things that can be use for reused coffee and tea grounds.  I pick them up from Starbuck and sprinkle it on my house plants. 1. Soften Skin Exfoliate with a body scrub made of coffee grounds, coconut oil, and a little brown sugar. Gently massage it on in the shower, rinse, be soft.

2. Please the Flowers Use coffee grounds as mulch for acid-loving plants – like roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangea, and camellias – they like coffee grounds for the natural acidity and nutrients they add to the soil.

3. Sadden the Ants Sprinkle coffee grounds around areas of ant infestation to deter them.

4. Deter Gastropods Used grounds are said to repel snails and slugs, sprinkle in problem areas.

5. Simplify Fireplace Cleaning Before cleaning the fireplace, sprinkle with dampened used coffee grounds -- which weigh down the ash and thus eliminate clouds of smoke-flavored dust.

6. Make a Sepia Dye Soak used grounds in hot water and use as a dye bath for Easter eggs, fabric, and paper for a lovely, soft brown tinge.

7. Keep Cats at Bay Keep kitties out of the garden with a mixture of orange peel and used coffee grounds distributed around plants.

8. Encourage the Carrots To boost a carrot harvest, mix seeds with dried coffee grounds before sowing. The extra bulk makes the wee seeds easier to sow, as well, the coffee aroma can nourish the soil and help repel pests.

9. Tame Stings and Burns Cool tea bags can bring relief when applied to bug bites and minor burns, including sunburn. For overall skin irritation, put spent tea leaves in a bath and soak.

10. Soothe Your Eyes The tannins in tea have anti-inflammatory effects, which is why cool ones are often employed on puffy eyes. (The chill also helps with swelling.)

11. Feed the Garden Use tea leaves as food for garden plants – green tea is high in nitrogen, and as a bonus, the leaves can ward off pests and insects. Also good for houseplants, add old tea leaves to their water.

12. Boost Potted Plants When potting plants, place a few used tea bags on top of the drainage layer at the bottom of the planter before adding soil. The tea bags will help to retain water and will also leach some nutrients into the potting medium.

13. Quell the Cat Box Smell Sprinkle used, dried tea leaves in litter boxes to help reduce the smell.

14. Eliminate Pet Odors Sprinkle dried, used green tea leaves on your pet’s pillow, bed, in the doghouse, or other smelly spots to eliminate odor.

Pick up a some, used coffee grounds, gloves and get dirty. Urban farming is the next best thing!