Coffee in the Garden

Coffee, besides a beverage, has many other uses. In the next few issues of our newsletter we will explore how else you can benefit from coffee.

In this issue we look at how the left over coffee grounds can be used for other organic needs. As gardeners we appreciate natural ways to help grow and protect our garden. Avoiding using pesticides and fertilizers builds a better base to good eats.

Coffee grounds provide generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.  As they degrade they slowly release these nutrients back into the ground. Tilled into your soil or compost will keep your garden fertilized for the whole season. Remember that coffee grounds are slightly acidic so make sure you are using them around plants that can handle it. But the key word here is slightly. So plants like tomatoes, carrots and roses will enjoy the small boost.

As well as helping your garden grow stronger, coffee is a natural protector for these plants. Coffee helps deter some fungous from growing, as well as, protects your garden from slugs and other pests that damage plants. You can use it as described above and mix it in the soil or make a barrier around your garden by laying a two inch wide patch as a coffee fence. We would suggest to use the fence if you have an ant problem.

We hope you enjoy our coffee as much as we do. What better benefits after you enjoy a cup of coffee from Fundraising Junction then to make your gardens bloom and prosper

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