I finally got myself a compost bin to speed up the process rather than my
old method of "till it under and wait".
I've read that coffee grounds make good compost - something about earthworms
My question is "How much is too much?"
The household consumption of coffee is at least a half gallon per day.
This quickly adds up to a lot of grounds.
You didn't mention the size of the bin or what you add most. If small
(tumbler?) and mostly kitchen stuff, there's enough green, and you can apply
the grounds directly to the plants. If large and brown leafy and you really
want it cooking, find a feedstore and order a 50# bag of alfalfa meal ($10),
soak a couple of pitchers full in a 5 gallon bucket and incorporate in the
Coffee also has zinc and alfalfa has some good growth enzymes. The same 5
gallon bucket can make alfalfa tea over a couple of days, with or without an
airstone for a good nitrogen soak.
Check to see if there is a Master Gardener's program in your county. (If
you have a cooperative extension agent, that's where to start.) The
Apprentice Gardener program may well be an off-shoot of the MG program.
I'm in my seventh week of the classes and I'm having a GREAT time. If
you like all things gardening, you might really have a good time taking
the course. And when the classes are over you still have to
volunteer/learn so many hours a year to keep your MG status so you really
get into lots of interesting things that you might not have gotten into
otherwise. Composting is certainly a big area of interest to MGs.
Our class is designing a 6 acres jogging/cross-country path/nature path
at a local school complex. We get to recommend the plants, designs,
landscaping rocks and other assorted fun things and they bring in people
and heavy equipment to get the job done plus they fund it all. Playing
with other people's money is FUN. :)
On 4/11/07 2:09 PM, in article evj89l$3e4$ email@example.com,
surely aren't into the garden... LOL I don't know why it is only open to the
third graders, but such is life. My daughter is my buddy in the garden and
loves her time planting, picking flowers and cutting back. Can't get her
into weeding yet. But if the weather warms up a little this weekend, I'll
hand her the shears for the ornamental grasses.
Last time I signed up to take the NH course, I found out I was expected the
third grader. So no time off from work to take the class since I was
arriving late due to morning sickness. I might try again, but I hear the
wait list is up to 3 years long
The guideline is 50% brown material, 50% green material. If your
compost pile stinks or is cold it is out of balance. A compost pile
should be warm (or even steaming) and for that one cubic yard of
material is ideal, anything less and it is less likely "to cook." A
compost pile is like a living thing--something you don't get if you
spread material over the ground and till it in. Coffee grounds is
"brown" material. Freshly cut grass is green material. Experiment
until you understand it. It's really easy and simple!
Well, I stand corrected. After reading the link provided it says
coffee grounds are a "green" material as they contain high amounts of
nitrogen. After 30 years of successful composting it must not be all
that important and I add coffee grounds often. My compost piles steam
in the middle of winter!
heap without overloading it. Used to get mine from a coffee shop down
the road from where I lived. Since coffee grounds are somewhat acidic
you might want to add a little dolomitic lime each time you add the grounds.
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