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Hello everybody , I have been given some used coffee Grindings from a well known coffee chain and wonder how to use them on the garden

Any advice welcome ?

I have only heard about putting them around Hostas ?


I put mine around the hostas and/or incorporate them into the household compost heap.


We add ours to the compost heap too - then they get mixed in with everything else.

Salino can spread them around your roses as a mulch too... you will need quite a lot of it though to make a difference, so if you can get it free from some coffee chain then that's good... it's the acid in the coffee grounds that attracts worms, which in turn will drag it down...and over time should improve the soil too... I'm told...


We only ever drink filter coffee at home and the grounds all end up on the compost heap.   No good for hostas as they're decaf. 



The branch of Waitrose where I work has the coffee grinds in a tub outside with a scoop , bags and a sign saying " help yourself"

Might be worth having a look if you have a Waitrose nearby.

I add them to compost heap.

I add them to the compost but also add some around plantings as I'm going. Not on directly but around. Doesn't seem to have done them any harm so far

Green Magpie

I think coffee grounds are on the acidic side, so would be good for mulching acid-loving/ ericaceous plants.

Thanks to you all for the advise 

I have decided to add them to my compost at the allottment 


I've never thought that the caffeine might be strong enough to deter slugs and snails, but I've hoped that the gritty texture of the grounds might help to keep them away from my hostas

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