Gardening with Coffee Grounds

I don’t know what the opposite of “green thumb” would be, but whatever it is, that’s what I have.  I am not exactly the horticulturalist.  Every once in a while, though, a horticultural miracle happens and something other than a weed grows in my backyard.

After living in apartments for the last few years, I’m learning the excitement and the frustration that a backyard can bring.  I always loved relaxing on my parents’ patio overlooking the beautiful flowers my mom planted every year, and I looked forward to having that in my own home.  Then when my husband and I moved in to our current house, I had a reality check: flowers don’t appear automatically and weeds don’t die on their own, at least not in my yard.

This year my husband and I embarked upon the adventure of attempting to keep our yard alive.

Despite the excessive weeds, we have had quite a bit of success with our tomato plant.  We were given this little plant from a friend in the beginning of the spring.  He was in a small yogurt cup (the tomato plant, not the friend), and I thought that certainly he wouldn’t survive my yard.  Three months later, he’s practically taking over the yard.  In fact, despite our attempts to secure the plant with wires and twine, I’ve resorted to simply propping him up with a patio chair.  Just think of the chair as a kind of garden statue.

So how did my tomato plant grow so well?  Well, like me, it’s a coffee addict.  Seriously.  I learned from my brother and sister-in-law over at FreshGround Roasting that coffee grounds are really good for your garden.  The coffee acts as both a natural fertilizer and a pest repellent.  How great is that?!  All you have to do to get your plants to grow is drink coffee, spread the used grounds in your garden, make sure it gets some water, and then find a chair to prop up your monster plant.

So don’t be afraid to try something new in your garden.  You may be surprised by the results.

Now what to do with all these tomatoes?  Stay tuned!

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  1. truly fascinating! i never would have guessed to use my coffee grounds.. i need to start saving them now so i can try this out!

    • Thanks for your feedback! Yeah it’s worked great for me-every morning after I make coffee I just wait for the grounds to cool then sprinkle them around my plants. Can’t wait to plant more veggies next spring!

  2. Next summer, put egg shells in the holes where you are planting tomatoes. They will grow EVEN bigger. The plants love the calcium. My husband and I relegated an old coffee tin with a plastic lid for egg shells. They got super stinky, so best kept on the back porch. When you are planting, just pop in a good handful of shells along with your compost. They will grow insanely well!

  3. I am always looking for more tomato recipes, looking forward to seeing what you will do with yours. Are you going the canning route?

    • I’m planning on posting my mom’s sauce recipe soon! I’ve never done canning before but I would LOVE to start! Do you have any good tips for a beginner?

      • I just started last year, so I think I am still classified as a beginner myself! The best thing I did was buy one of those Bernardin home canning booklets from the canning section of the grocery store. It explains the process and has a lot of easy recipes. This year I am trying out more family recipes, etc. and it has been a lot of fun. I posted about my tomato sauce recipe on my blog (check it out!) and I have another batch on the stove right now - it is SO good! Good luck :)

  4. I’m so happy I read the comments. I was not going to be able to deal with the suspense of not knowing what happens to the tomatoes.

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