Coffee Grounds

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  1. Mary Robi

    Mary Robi Well-Known Member
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    Not that any of us would have any need for this usage, but coffee has such "odor neutralizing" properties that it has always been the habit of drug dealers to ship their wares packed with coffee to throw off the drug-sniffing dogs. Well, at least until the DEA people got wise to that.

    My grandmother always put her coffee grounds around the base of her plants. She claimed it kept the insects off.
     
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    If nothing else, it made for good compost.
     
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    While the amount of coffee grounds obtained from an individual household (even if you are big coffee drinkers) won't alter the pH of your garden much, if you can get the grounds from a commercial coffee enterprise such as a Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, etc., it IS a pretty good acidifier fertilizer for acid-loving plants. Caffeine is allegedly toxic to slugs and snails, too, if you have those problem critters. I add our grounds to my worm farm with other waste and they seem to survive fine on that combo.
     
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    I even empty the grounds from my K-cups into the compost, as I do everything else compostable.
     
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    I'm just as interested in coffee grounds helping to keep mosquitoes away and think I will try the coffee beans for this and also maybe put some coffee grounds in a spray bottle with water and let it set and then spray some on my skin to see if it repels those critters. :)

    Maybe my camera that I just fixed can capture some of those exciting moments when the mosquitoes retreat instead of trying to eat me alive. :)
     
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