Spring is knocking on the door and I have itchy garden fingers. Spring is taunting and teasing us with her upcoming days of sunshine, breezes and buds that promise blooms. Here in the East, the aftermath of a late winter storm still covers the earth. Muddy snow can be found here and there and we still have nights in the teens and days in the 40's. Most of the earth is still frozen and so digging is out of the question. I have probably missed the optimal time to plant my Spring peas but hope to try tomorrow, even if I am the only one who will eat them, right off the vine. So, what to do? What to do? Drink coffee of course!
Okay, I admit, that was a HUGE leap, even for me but hear me out. Drinking coffee is (and can be) good for the garden. Say what? Yep. You read that correctly, Dear Readers. Drinking coffee is good for the garden. Drinking coffee is, first of all, good for the gardener and therefore, by default, good for the garden. Go ahead, Dear Readers, do a little research yourself and learn about the many benefits of this glorious elixir. Now that you're drinking coffee, what to do with all those coffee grounds and filters? Toss them in your garden of course! Dah!
Again, say what Mary? Yep. Toss them out in the garden. (Avoid areas of the garden where you are growing tomatoes) but root vegetables and some flowering plants like hydrangeas, a favorite to grow here in the East, benefit from a sprinkle or two. Coffee grounds can even deter some garden pests. Visit gardeningknowhow.com or another gardening site for more details on using coffee grounds and learn more for yourself.
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