Grounds For Your Ground

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Hiyeeee! Happy Green Tip Tuesday everyone and welcome back for another most excellent tip to help out Earth! Before we get into things I just want to give a big ole shout out to Stowe Parks for a picture perfect last day on hill. Big smiles, slushy turns, and mega bumped out lift lines for all. Also, quick shout out to UVM SSC for a killer Homegrown night, always awesome to wrap up the season with the community (watch our entry here).

Alright, here we go! This one goes out to all you coffee fanatics out there. If you’re anything like us here in VT, then you’re known to slug back your fair share of coffee during the average day. So let’s figure out what to do with all the leftover soggy grounds that you’d probably just toss into the garbage. Previously, we have talked about adding coffee grounds to compost, or to freshen the scent of stinky boots (I think we talked about it, honestly  I have no clue, but we’re gonna go for it), so this time we’ll learn about how it can help your garden out.

One major problem I had with gardening last year was the dreaded slug. And by slug, I mean slugzzzz, plural, a ton of them, they were everywhere, so many slugs. Lucky for me (and you) I just found out that coffee grounds can be an effective deterrent. Slugs are not to fond of the chemicals these great energy beans contain... crazy right? Try spreading some around your plants and see if it helps, if it doesn’t seem to work more caffeinated options available on the market. To all of our readers, I also just found out that a beer can about ⅓ filled with beer is also an effective method, but I understand if you don’t want to sacrifice it to the slugs.

Adding a layer of coffee grounds to your topsoil can also be an effective fungal suppressant. Decomposing grounds produce non-pathogenic fungal species, which prevent pathogenic fungal species from storming in and causing harmful effects like root rot and wilt to your vegetation. In simple terms; decomposing coffee grounds produce good guys who keep the bad guys away that can cause harmful effects like root rot and wilt to your vegetation. So far this has mostly been observed in vegetation like tomatoes, beans, and spinach.

However, before you go ahead and add weeks worth of coffee grounds to your garden bed, be sure to note the type of soil you already have put down. Coffee grounds WILL add nitrogen to your soil levels and throw off whatever sort of balance you have goin’ on over there. So be careful and garden responsibly.

That’s it for this week folks thanks for tuning in! Be sure to catch us this Sunday @ Bolton Valley for our third round of the Powe. Mountain Project!!! Meet below the quad at 9:00 am ish sharp, bring work glove, hiking boots, water, and positive energy! See you there!