Re-using Coffee Grounds To Grow Gorgeous Roses
Almost every day is a beautiful day thanks to my garden. Not only is it a treat to walk through it or sit smelling the sweet scents wafting on the air, but there are major benefits to keeping one. I am healthier, less stressed, spend more time outside and I am doing something I truly enjoy that has a tangible reward. In fact, gardening was originally suggested by my doctor after I was diagnosed with certain anxiety disorders, and I have seen a marked improvement since starting.
Everyone approaches having a garden in a different way. Most of my friends grow vegetables and herbs, neither of which interest me much. Instead, I focus on blooms, and specifically on roses. I have bush after bush of roses of all colors lining my yard, surrounding benches where I can sit and just smell them or see the view.
I am a firm believer in organic gardening, as pesticides can be seriously detrimental to your flowers and plants. They don’t smell as sweet, look as vibrant or grow as well when hampered down with dangerous chemicals. Not to mention the negative effect this has on local wild and insect life, which are necessary to a functioning eco system.
Instead of these harmful products I use my own mulch and fertilizers, which I create myself. The compost I have seen the most positive results from are those made with used coffee grounds collected after my morning pot.
Coffee In Gardening
Using coffee grounds in gardening is nothing new. In fact there are books filled with tips of combinations, ages and decompositions that include coffee that go back decades, perhaps longer. When gardeners find something that works for them they will keep at it, and share it with whoever they can. As a consequence, the trick of using these grounds to help enhance plants and flowers, whether for decoration or eating, is a well known one.
It was a neighbor who first put me on to this method. He had rose bushes that were always incredible, and I asked him for tips when I started my own. The first thing I noticed was how bright and well kept the flowers looked. The petals were vivacious and the stems were strong. The bushes themselves were thick and the leave a nice, dark green. But I also took note of the soil in which they were grown, which was rich and obviously very healthy.
He was the one who taught me the simple rule of creating a good soil environment for any plants to grow in. If it is nutritious and healthy dirt, you will have nutritious and healthy flora and fauna. His own way of ensuring this was by making a homemade compost and worm castings, which he made every three months and put at the base of the plants with an additional layer of mulch. This gave a moisture-rich, breathable top soil that was both good for the roses and for the earthworms that lived in the dirt.
From there, he added a monthly 5 kilo sprinkling of fresh coffee ground, which he had gathered over time, into the dirt. It was done on days when it looked like it was going to rain, so that it was naturally broken up and leaked in to the mulch for optimal spread.
This was enough to convince me, and I was also happy to note the positive change I was enacting on my part for the environment. Reusing coffee grounds recycles them effectively, cuts back on waste, ends the use of pesticides and reduces the risk of global warming. Of course, there are many other benefits that come from that, such as manufacturers using less packaging materials, less transport due to reduced remand, etc.
Now I have been using coffee grounds this way for just under three years. The changes are extensive, and I have healthier and more abundant rose bushes than I even thought I would before. In fact, I have just planted new bushes to further use this method. I am hoping by the end of the season I will have bushes spread across both sides of my house and through the back, so I can start also expanding out into my yard. Eventually I would like to have a lined path with bushes on either side.
Try It Yourself!
What is so great about trying coffee grounds is you have nothing to use. So many people make their own compost that there is no risk to your garden. The worse that can happen is you won’t see as many benefits as others have. But even if you don’t – and you probably will – you will still have a cheap means of fertilizing your rose bushes without buying expensive and nasty chemicals. It is something you probably already have in your house.
So give it a try!
Annie is a frugal blogger interested in eco-friendly crafts and upcycling. She collects DIY gadgets for her personal site and writes on money-saving tips for Rather Be Shopping, the free daily updated resource of hand-picked coupons. Check out our gardening coupons for more frugal ideas!