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Post  1orangething on 9/23/2011, 6:58 am

How much coffee grounds would be an ideal mix for a tumbler composter ? Plus using mulched leaves & kitchen leftovers. I am thinking about hitting up the coffee shop next door. Thanks for any help, this will be my first winter garden.:?:

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Post  AprilakaCCIL on 9/23/2011, 11:25 am

I add about 1-2 cups full twice a month.

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Post  boffer on 9/23/2011, 11:34 am

Mel recommends that you keep coffee grounds to less than 10% of your compost volume.

If you have excess grounds, put them in a pile on the ground in an out of the way place to act as a worm magnet. Worms loooove grounds. Then put the worms into the composter. That's a disadvantage of composter gizmos-worms can't get in to help.

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Post  AprilakaCCIL on 9/23/2011, 6:09 pm

@boffer wrote:Mel recommends that you keep coffee grounds to less than 10% of your compost volume.

If you have excess grounds, put them in a pile on the ground in an out of the way place to act as a worm magnet. Worms loooove grounds. Then put the worms into the composter. That's a disadvantage of composter gizmos-worms can't get in to help.

Oh that's brilliant right there boffer.^^^ Now I know what to do w/the excess grounds.

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Post  1orangething on 9/23/2011, 11:08 pm

Thanks for the replies, I may do as boffer suggested and have a coffee bin box working.Very Happy

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Post  camprn on 9/24/2011, 7:06 am

Extra coffee grounds can also be used as mulch.

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Post  capatl on 9/25/2011, 2:55 am

Hi camprn,

So coffee grounds as mulch? Even around trees, bushes, etc? How much/deep? Or would it encourage weeds?

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Post  camprn on 9/25/2011, 8:22 am

@capatl wrote:Hi camprn,

So coffee grounds as mulch? Even around trees, bushes, etc? How much/deep? Or would it encourage weeds?
Yes, the used coffee grounds can be used just about everywhere. Just a light mulch(0.5-1.0") upon the soil is fine, for the vegetable or flower garden. Even less or a bit more if you can get them. They are a great soil conditioner and the earth worms love them. The only reason I could see that it would encourage weeds is that they are a source of nitrogen.

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