Plant Helper

Plant aid - Coffee grounds around a tomato plant
@webeishere (36353)
United States
July 1, 2008 2:55pm CST
I add used coffee grounds aropund the stems of various veggies and flowers in my yards. it helps to keep away dangerous insects and ants mostly. It also adds nutrients to the soil as they are watered down. Have you ever done this for your garden and or plants at all? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
1 Jul 08
I definately have to try that next year with my vegetables. I did get about 8 tomatoes this year, which is 8 more than I got last year, by pot planting. Maybe the coffee grounds will yield me more. My flowers however, have been very successful this year, by leaving them potted rather than putting them in the ground. I am going to put them in the ground eventually but probably not til the end of the season.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Jul 08
We have an issue with ants and they are all over. I can't add the granular stuff I use on my lawn as it turns the plants yellow. My wife read about the coffee gorunds years ago and it really works. We have ants all over except where the coffee grounds are laid out. Fall or early spring are the times to transplant flowers etc most times. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
2 Jul 08
Thank you. I thought the fall was probably an ok time to transfer them.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Jul 08
I don't know if you drink tea, but it is also worth keeping your used tea leaves for use on the garden. and if you make tea in a pot, use the remains (cooled, obviously) on your houseplants. They'll thrive on it.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I did not no that coffee grounds keep away insects from plants. I do have many ants around my garden. I will try that. I have plenty of coffee grounds to go around. thanks for the tip.
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• Lubbock, Texas
1 Jul 08
I've always put coffee grounds around my plants for the nutrients in it and to help balance the ph of the soil, but I didn't know that it would deter insects. Thanks for that information. I also save my eggshells and when they are nice and dry I crumble them up fine and mix them with the coffee grounds. Most plants benefit from the calcium in them.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Jul 08
We have used eggshells broken into small pieces as well around plants for the nutrient etc additive. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
Really...coffe and plants? I just know it now. That's good for being creative...but that would be too costly...am i right?
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Jul 08
No the coffee grounds are used. After I make a pot of coffee I place the old grounds on the plants etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
2 Jul 08
I've never done that before, but now that I know about it, I am going to start doing just that. Matter of fact I am going to have my mom save her's as well.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Jul 08
The more the better I say. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
1 Jul 08
I put coffee grounds in my compost pile. They really make the compost rich. I haven't heard of putting it around the plants.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Jul 08
It does the same thing as it does for the compost. Adds nutrients to it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul 08
hi Grandpa Bob I did not know that,and its non toxic too, which makes it doubly good,you can keep away the bugs without nasty chemical sprays. I have never done that, this is one of the things I like about mylot I keep learning things, and you have the gardening expertise that I so admire. my mom was like that, she could grow anything, flowers or veggies.one year we had cucumber p;lants sprawled out around the green beans and my grandpa kept saying that wont work but he was so wrong. we had tons of cucumbers and green bean, and tomatoes and everything else. mom just had a natural flair for growing stuff of any kind. lol.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Thank you very much also. Cucumbers don't have a large root system so they don't take up a lot of soil space. they can be planted around other plants without choking them out. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@snowy22315 (56050)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I have been thinking about it. Maybe since you the master gardener do this I will do it also. We actually have a big black composter but the only thing we are really using it for is to store grass clippings. Hubby wants to put some oganic matter in there, but I told him I dont want the dog to get into a fight with a raccoon. I dont think it's a good idea.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
I'm so glad I saw your post because i was trying to look for a remedy to ants eating my seedlings which are newly grown. I've tried insecticides and other remedies but to no avail. Also, i prefer not to use something on the vegetables as this might affect our health. I didn't know coffee grounds could do as well.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
1 Jul 08
We used coffee grounds on our tomato plants.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Yep, sure have. I worked coffee grounds and eggshells into the soil the whole time my seedlings were in the house before put them outside permanently.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Ive never had a garden where I planted veggies. But if I did I would do the same thing. Ive heard coffee grounds are great for your garden. Happy gardening!
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
3 Jul 08
im still on planning to have a garden but on pots only got no space .. all was cemented and have to content with pots,,its my first time to know that coffee grounds(used one or residue is it?)can serves as that...
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Jul 08
When I was married my husband told me about coffee grounds and I've always mixed them with the soil when I plant outside or in pots for the house. The plants love it! Sometimes I'll sprinkle some dried grounds on them as a treat. I also have the advantage of knowing I'm recycling my coffee back into the soil and benefiting from it.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
Yes, I also use my coffee grounds in the garden. One of my daughters used to work in a coffee shop, and she said they used to save the grounds and give them away to customers who were keen gardeners. It's a great idea!
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
2 Jul 08
My grandfather would use just about everything on his veggie plants. Fish bones, egg shells, coffee grounds I can't think of anyting else right now but I didn't really know why he used them. Now that I have a garden I will have to try it. I forgot about using coffee grounds and I read the one about tea I will have to try that also. We are growing some lemon grass and make tea from it I didn't even thinking about putting it back in to help the rest of the plants. Speaking of I need to go water my garden right now.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB! Yes, we do use coffee grounds in our garden but I never knew it can keep away ants and other insects. Maybe that is the reason why there are no ants around the flowers..but I am not really sure though. Take care and God Bless!
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Naw, I just toss the coffee grounds into my compost bin. Epstom salt does wonders for tomatoes thou. I scatter a light layer around each plant before I add the grass clippings around them for mulch.
@evillure (147)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I will have to try this with my tomatoes plants, ever since I picked the first one, I haven't gotten any new ones.