Here is a crazy question

@irishmist (3843)
United States
May 8, 2007 5:04pm CST
Does anyone use coffee grounds & eggshells in their garden. I've heard this is good for the plants. I don't want to waste my time if it doesn't work.
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• United States
9 May 07
Yes it helps, I think that the coffee grounds loosens the soil, and the shells have protein or somthing , you can put water in a jug with a lid and egg shells and let it sit, this is to be good too, it smells when you pour it so I wouldnt use it on house plants.
• United States
8 May 07
I am not very good with plants but when I was growing up my mother used eggshells all the time in her plants and they grew really big. I don't recall her every using coffee grinds though. My mother is very good at gardening and her plants never die now me on the other hand can kill a plant instantly, I have no green thumb.
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@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
8 May 07
You don`t waste your time and it works beautifully. I put coffee grounds and eggshells on the compost. Coffee ground makes the compost fluffier and is sort of a disinfectant for the soil. The eggshells need longer to rot away but they are calcium, good for the ground. These two add minerals and a loose texture to the dirt so plants can grow easier.
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@BarBaraPrz (18415)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
8 May 07
My husband was a coffee drinker, so I always put the grounds into the compost. Don't have any now. Eggshells take a long time to break down, so it helps if you crush them first. My mother used to put a few eggshells in a watering can for her houseplants. She always had lovely plants, so I guess it helped them.
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• United States
11 May 07
I put dried eggshells in my food processor and grind them to a fine powder thus making my own bone meal. Bone meal costs a fortune but can be easily made at home.
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@BarBaraPrz (18415)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 May 07
Now there's an idea... why didn't I think of that? Thanks. :o)
• Canada
15 May 07
Is the bone meal for the compost or do you use it for something else?
@mizrae (587)
• United States
9 May 07
I can remember my mom dumping the coffee grounds all around her outdoor plants. I didn't know about the eggshells tho' until this discussion. I will be adding that to my grounds this spring. I have clay soil, and I know the coffee grounds have helped my plants. I don't believe you will be wasting your time and it's a good way to recycle some of your garbage.
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• United States
11 May 07
The eggshells add calcium to the soil.
• Canada
15 May 07
I've heard that you can throw the coffee filters in with the grounds. And if you hadn't thought of it before you can also add hair, shredded cardboard and dryer lint. I want to see some pics of everyones compost pile. So far mine is just a couple scraps in a rubbermaid bin. But I'll take a pic if anyone is interested. Post your compost pictures to this discussion if you can, so everyone can see.
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
11 May 07
Yes, I use coffee grounds, eggshells, potato and carrot peelings. Any kitchen waste except meat can be used in your compost pile. It is a good way to recycle and feed the soil.
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• United States
9 May 07
I have heard of coffee grounds. We had a dying plant once my dad gave it coffee and it came right back to life!
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9 May 07
yes I use eggshells. bake them in the oven for 20mins at 200. then braek up into very small pieces. scatter them around plants deters slugs and snails and helps aeriate the soil.
@r0131n (357)
8 May 07
My wife have been advised to put egg shells on the roots of her orchids. Her friends use it on their plants and their plants are all healthy. She's been doing this for over a year now and the orchids are very healthy and flowering generously. I've got no idea about the coffee grounds.
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10 May 07
I have been told that coffe grounds are great in the compost bin. As for egg shells a tip I once heard was to use them in place of slug pellets, apparently slugs and snails cannot cross the broken egg shell barrier. I suppose once the shell breaks down it will also supply nutrients to the plants. Hope this helps.
10 May 07
Forgot to add that I have also been told that you can go to your local starbucks and ask for their used coffe grounds for your garden and they will gladly give them to you for free.
@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
15 May 07
I have never done that but my step dad does. I don';t know if it works or not. I do know one thing the eggshells are good for is keeping deer from eating your plants. I know someone who uses eggshells for that purpose.
@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
10 May 07
yes I compost both of them in my garden!