It’s National Allotment Week! Did you know that you can use your old coffee grounds to keep your allotment or garden looking fantastic?
Coffee grounds have a variety of different uses in the garden, so take a look at the list below to learn more – you’ll never throw away your old coffee grounds again!
They can repel insects and pests from your garden
Coffee grounds can help repel mosquitos and other annoying insects such as wasps or bees. Coffee grounds have a strong smell, but it is even stronger when they’ve been burned – this smell will help keep the pests away.
Creating a two inch wall of coffee grounds around your garden should do the job!
Fertilize your garden
Mix your old grounds with dead grass clippings, brown leaves, or dry straw to neutralize some of the acidity, then spread them around your plants. Used coffee grounds add nitrogen and potassium to the soil.
Even your garden can’t resist the lure of java!
Add it to your compost
Composting with coffee is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end up taking up space in a landfill. Composting coffee grounds helps to add nitrogen to your compost pile.
Boost your carrots
Using coffee grounds while sowing your carrot seeds, will ensure you don’t sow the seeds too close together while you are fertilizing the soil. In addition, the grounds will help keep away any pesky carrot flies!
Feed your worms
Worms enjoy many of the same foods as you do, including coffee! The coffee grounds make a great worm composting additive – they are gritty and hold water which is a big plus for are garden companions!
So, there you have it – 5 tips to help you in your allotment or garden this National Allotments Week. You can also check out our more in depth list of they can actually help with your everyday life here!
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