It's not only cold out, but it's rainy too. I'm a fair-weather gardener, I admit it. There're things I could be doing outside, but it's cosier in. Instead, let me explain why there's a photo of coffee beans on this blog.
Now, I'm not much of a coffee drinker. I know we're all supposed to know our Americano from our Macchiato, our Arabica beans from our Robusta. Me, I'm happy with a Costa Coffee latte or a homemade cup of the cheap & cheerful stuff from Aldi.
However, if I'm in a coffee shop I do like to check out the 'take me I'm free' basket. All decent shops have one where they'll offer coffee grounds bagged up for gardeners to help themselves to. If you've not picked up one before, then keep eye out for a bag next time you're in a shop. Used coffee grounds are ideal for helping improve your soil. I've got a bag of 'em from Starbucks next to me and I'll quote from the pack's label:
'Much of coffee's acidity is removed in the brewing process, leaving behind a green material that promotes plant growth, repels ants and slugs, and entices earthworms. Coffee grounds have an average pH of 6.9, a carbon-nitrogen ratio of 20:1, and can be added directly to your garden as a side dressing for nitrogen-loving plants (test with a small amount first). Or add to your compost. Combine with 'brown' materials for enriched compost. Experts recommend up to 20% coffee grounds in a compost pile.'
I won't pretend to understand the pH and carbon-nitrogen bit, but the rest is pretty straightforward. Dig the coffee grounds in to your soil, or stick it in the compost bin. I like the bit about how it helps to repel slugs (yay!) and of course anything that helps earthworms is good for your garden's overall health.
Bagged, used coffee grounds generally turn up in Costa, Starbucks and Boston Tea Party, but I'm sure any local independent coffee shop would happily let you have them too.
Free and green, what's not to like, eh?
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.