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Remind me again, which veggies like coffee?

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Remind me again, which veggies like coffee?

Post  jkdistad on 6/4/2010, 11:55 am

I'm a coffee drinker, and every day for the last few weeks I've been saving the used coffee grounds from my espresso pot... Which veggies benefit from the grounds, and how exactly do I use them?

here is what I have planted...

Box 1:
Cabbage
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Romaine Lettuce
Sugarsnap Peas

Box 2:
Carrots
Onions
Leeks
Chives
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Spinach
Romaine Lettuce
Purple Kohlrabi

Box 3:
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Parsnips
Swiss Chard
Bell Peppers
Pole Beans
Romaine Lettuce

Box 4:
Tomatoes
Basil
Yellow Summer Squash
Zucchini

I also have three potted herbs:
Mint
Spearmint
Stevia

So, which ones like a cup-o-joe, and do I just use it like mulch around the base of the plants? If so, how big should the plants be? And based on osmosis, won't every plant in the box end up getting a bit of it, at least?

Sorry so many questions...! Thanks in advance!
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Post  mckr3441 on 6/4/2010, 12:16 pm

I'm sure others will have specific answers for you. I just use the grounds in my compost pile. I look forward to the responses here since I may be able to make more immediate use of the grounds.

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Post  milaneyjane on 6/4/2010, 2:40 pm

COFFEE GROUNDS There is also another good article out there I have to find for you too
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Post  Shoda on 6/4/2010, 3:05 pm

I don't have a complete list but I know lettuce and beans like the extra nitrogen. I have heard that some vegetables (like tomatoes) grow less fruit and more leaves with too much nitrogen in the soil. I just use them on my beans and leafy vegetables for now.
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Post  happycamper on 6/4/2010, 3:22 pm

Tomatoes love coffee grounds (and crushed egg shells) sprinkled around the base. I have never applied more than ½ inch of grounds. If you find out how thick they can be applied, please let me know. Good luck!
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Post  jkdistad on 6/4/2010, 5:12 pm

Huh... interesting.... Thanks for posting that article, milaneyjane. Maybe I'll just save the grounds and work them into my MM late this fall when I put my boxes to bed for the winter....

Anybody else have any words of wisdom, advice or experience?

I don't currently have a compost pile... should probably get one going, but just haven't figured out the best set-up yet.... Once again, anybody have any words of wisdom, advice or experience with simple/inexpensive composting that they'd care to share? I have 5 young (read energetic, curious) kids, so my set-up would need to be something other than an inviting pile to climb on... LOL
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Post  Megan on 6/4/2010, 7:24 pm

@jkdistad wrote:
I don't currently have a compost pile... should probably get one going, but just haven't figured out the best set-up yet.... Once again, anybody have any words of wisdom, advice or experience with simple/inexpensive composting that they'd care to share? I have 5 young (read energetic, curious) kids, so my set-up would need to be something other than an inviting pile to climb on... LOL

Composting is easy to start. If you have a lot of space such as on a farm, just start a pile. Smile On the farm I grew up on, the compost pile was 8-10 feet tall. For something a bit smaller, you could get some used wood pallets and make boxes with them, or use stakes and make a loose box with some chicken wire -- I did that when I lived in California and it worked very well. (Or you could buy one of those fancy plastic bins.) Ideally compost should be rotated. What I did with the chicken-wire pile was turn it over with a pitchfork every week, or more often if I remembered, and a couple times a season I would add a purchased sack of cow manure to help it along.

Don't put meat/bones, fat, or dairy in a compost pile, and I would not put dog or cat poo in there either. Or any weeds/etc. that you don't want to sprout up later on in your beds.

Now having told you all that, I will blow the whistle on myself. We bought one of those big plastic bins because hubby was concerned about what the neighbors would think of an open pile in our backyard, which is what I'd wanted. So I put him in charge of it and gave him buckets of stuff to "feed" it with last year. This spring, I went to get some nice compost for my sfg, and what do I find? Absolutely dry leaves, big sticks and branches jammed in, etc. Apparently he forgot about watering it, breaking larger twigs down like I asked him, etc., and I don't want to know what happened to the vegetable/yard waste I asked him to take out there. Entirely my fault, I know. *sigh* Rolling Eyes
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Post  milaneyjane on 6/4/2010, 10:08 pm

I am starting to collect coffee grounds by the bucket from the local coffee shop and this fall I am going to amend the row garden by tilling in the coffee grounds and leaves into the soil.
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Post  Paintedlady on 6/4/2010, 10:50 pm

It's interesting you asked this b/c I had been adding grounds every couple of days to all of my boxes for the last couple of weeks, but apparently forgot one. Some of my tomatoes in that box were looking bad compared to the others, as well as a few other plants looking a bit smaller than the same plants in other boxes. I started to wonder what was wrong b/c I used the same mix in all of them. The only thing I could think of was that I didn't add coffee grounds to this box. I added them tonight and I'm anxious to see if it perks them up over the next week or two. *crossing fingers* I'll let you know what happens.
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Post  Wyldflower on 6/4/2010, 10:52 pm

@Paintedlady wrote:....if it perks them up ....

darn funny

I'm collecting coffee grounds too, but have just been adding them to my compost. Tomorrow morning, my tomatoes get some java!
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Post  jkdistad on 6/5/2010, 12:46 am

Thanks folks... this has got me thinking in lots of different directions! the gears they are a-grindin'!

Megan, I live in a suburb of the Twin Cities, with neighbors on two sides, and I have 5 young kids.... so, no open piles for me! I do have lots of scrap chicken wire and some of those green plastic coated posts/stakes I could use, or maybe I'll see if my local grocery store will give/sell some pallets.... If I go this route, do I just make the bins 3 sided, leaving the front open? Or do you put some sort of "front" on it? Also, do you have 2 or 3 bins for moving the compost along as it further decomposes? Boy, I'm just a barrel full of questions, aren't I? LOL!
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Post  Megan on 6/5/2010, 7:36 am

@jkdistad wrote: I do have lots of scrap chicken wire and some of those green plastic coated posts/stakes I could use, or maybe I'll see if my local grocery store will give/sell some pallets.... If I go this route, do I just make the bins 3 sided, leaving the front open? Or do you put some sort of "front" on it? Also, do you have 2 or 3 bins for moving the compost along as it further decomposes? Boy, I'm just a barrel full of questions, aren't I? LOL!

The answer is "Yes" Very Happy

You can make the bins 4-sided (a box) or 3-sided with an open front, which is easier access. In limited space you might want to try 4-sided, simply because it allows the compost to pile deeper (as opposed to sloping off to one side). If you attach the fronts with some thought (maybe a few twists of wire?) you could make them removable.

If you search a bit on the web you will find set ups with multiple bins to move the compost along. Or you could just stir/turn it. The chicken wire one I made was probably not optimal, but it worked fine for what I wanted it to do. It backed onto a wood fence in a partly shady area, and was about 5 ft x 2-1/2 ft. Because it was big it filled slowly, but it was easy to get a pitchfork in there and move things around.
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Post  aspiegardner on 6/5/2010, 8:59 am

coffee grounds will lower the ph in the soil but it can take up to 2-4 weeks to see the results.

So far I've used them only on the berry plants, nothing is helping the darn blueberry soil. I can get it to 6 pm and sometimes 5.5 but that's it. Still trying.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 6/5/2010, 9:40 am

Good post for learning, thanks all. I have nothing to add (my coffee goes to the compost too). It's just that every time this comes to the top of the "Latest Topics" I see the title and think, "My veggies LOVE tea.....but not any kind of tea I would ever sip"
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