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Monday, March 7, 2011

Grounds for Your Garden

{Grounds for Your Garden}

This year instead of going out and buying expensive, stinky fertilizer for your garden this year why not try a natural *FREE* solution?

Starbucks runs a program called “grounds for your garden” where they save coffee grounds and give them to anyone who asks for the for free! No purchase necessary. Ground coffee is high in nitrogen which makes it very good mulch for your vegetable garden as well as your flowers. The color is really deep, nearly black and looks fabulous next to bright plants and flowers.

Coffee grounds are a great fertilizer for your garden;
  • They make your flowers brighter
  • Draw helpful earth worms to your garden (coffee is like ice cream for worms, they love it!) 
  • It keeps slugs and snails at bay- Studies have shown that when the slugs and snails try to travel where the coffee is they absorb the caffeine and it results in death.

“Grounds for your garden” makes fertilizing simple! You just drive by your local Starbucks (or local coffee shop, if they offer a program like this) pick up your bag of grounds. When you get home kneed the bag to break up the espresso chunks, or you will have little lumps all over the yard. Rip a small hole in the bag and shake it around the garden, spread it around with a rake. 

You can learn more about Vermicomposting (worms) by clicking here


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At March 7, 2011 at 7:28 AM , Blogger Tractor Mom said...

What a fantastic program! We don't have a Starbucks but do have a few coffee shops. I'll have to ask if they do the same thing! Thanks for the post....

At March 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Chana said...

Hi there! I followed your adorable blog last Sunday (Feb 27th) from the Relax and Surf blog hop! I was wondering if you would mind swinging by and returning the favor? Believe me, I know how crazy it can get keeping track of all the people who follow us during the I thought I'd just reach out and ask again! Thanks so much!

At March 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Nicole weaver said...


Thanks so much for the idea. Seriously I will start working on a script right away. Thanks for following me. I am now following you.

Nicole Weaver

At March 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Kara said...

I've always put my coffee grounds into my composter, but I never knew Starbucks would give you theirs for free. Thanks for sharing!

At March 11, 2011 at 7:19 PM , Blogger SMG said...

What a great idea. We are not composting because of some city issues...but we're always looking for "green" ways to garden! This year my garden is going to be I'm going to hit up a few Starbucks!!! Thank you so much!!! (Just stopped by from for following me :)!


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