Today’s Solutions: August 15, 2022

Wait! Don’t throw those coffee grounds away! Did you know the leftover grounds from your morning brew can do wonders for your garden? Today we share three ways that coffee grounds boost plant health. 

Add grounds to your compost

First and foremost, composting your grounds keeps them from ending up in a landfill, but they’re also rich in nitrogen which promotes the growth of helpful aerobic bacteria. Coffee filters (make sure they’re compostable) can balance out the green matter in your compost for a more balanced mixture. 

Fertilize your garden 

If you’re not composting at home yet (check out this guide to get started), you can use your grounds straight from the filter as well. The grounds contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus which help plants thrive. Occasionally sprinkle them around the base of plants or soak used grounds in water and use that to hydrate your plants. Be careful not to over fertilize!

Keep pests away

Pests like snails and slugs have a difficult time maneuvering across coarse grounds, so you can sprinkle them at the base of plants to form a pest barrier. Cats are also deterred by the scent of coffee, so the grounds can keep your furry companions from using your garden bed as a litter box 

Who knew your kitchen waste could do such wonders for your garden? If you don’t drink coffee, just ask a neighbor to collect their grounds for you or get some from your local coffee shop

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Chicago pledges to run all city operations with clean energy

As countries large and small struggle with the undeniable impacts of climate change, more and more cities are taking a lead in mapping out strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One particularly fruitful avenue to ... Read More

Sustainable supersonic jets could soon take to the skies

In 1947, the first supersonic jet took to the skies, with American pilot Chuck Yeager becoming the first to break the sound barrier. To make the technology mainstream, the British and French governments joined forces to ... Read More

This wooden steak knife is three times stronger than steel

Scientists from the University of Maryland may have discovered a more eco-friendly alternative to ceramics and stainless steel for our knives and nails by figuring out how to chemically alter wood so that it can ... Read More

Explorers in China find prehistoric forest hidden in giant sinkhole

At a time when the entire world is concerned with the far-reaching effects of years and years of unchecked deforestation, the astounding discovery of an ancient forest inside an enormous sinkhole in China is welcome ... Read More