Coffee cake as fertilizer is a worthy method of using organic waste to feed garden plants. Dry boiled coffee can be added to the soil, compost and water for irrigation. There are no chemical impurities in it, its beneficial properties improve the structure of the soil, and the fragrance frightens off garden pests. In addition, the nutrients of coffee grounds stimulate growth and improve plant nutrition.
What is valuable in a coffe?
Ground coffee of any degree of roasting has a high acidity. During cooking, it is removed in the drink. Therefore, the coffee grounds have a neutral level of acidity, about 7pH.This means that it can safely be added to the soil, without fear of acidifying the soil.
The coffee grounds itself contains potassium, manganese, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus. In the total number of trace elements there are about 3%.This indicator is quite enough for the use of coffee cake as a fertilizer to become a good fertilizer for different types of flowers. Thus, nitrogen promotes plant growth, participating in the process of photosynthesis, and phosphorus and potassium affect the flowering period and the formation of fruits.
The probability of overdosing and harming plants is reduced to zero. The concentration of microelements in the spun coffee is optimal for both indoor flowers and garden plants.
Dry boiled coffee can be used to grow mushrooms. Compost with coffee cake as a fertilizer increases their yield by 2 times.
Methods of using coffee cake as a fertilizer in the garden
Coffee grounds are used for plant nutrition in different ways:
- Liquid feed. The precipitate from drinking coffee together with the liquid is collected in a separate container, and then used for watering the garden. This method is not suitable for feeding houseplants, as a wet substance can cause mold.
- Dry top dressing. Before using the cake from coffee for fertilizer in the garden, it is thoroughly dried. Then the dry matter is mixed with the ground. Fertilizer can be stored in glass jars or paper bags.
When using coffee grounds in the garden, it is convenient to dissolve it with water to the usual watering state.
At first, plants should be watered with a coffee mixture, and then plain water. This technique will allow nutrients to slowly seep into the soil and nourish the roots of plants.
When feeding plants, you should not take a lot of sleeping coffee. A large amount of thickening will form a crust, which prevents the supply of oxygen to the root system. Also, do not add cake to the soil for seedlings. It will slow down germination.
Protection against pests
In addition to enriching plants with nutrients, coffee grounds can protect them from many pests. Gardeners use coffee cake as a means to scare away ants, slugs, snails, aphids. For the treatment of garden crops applied spraying method. And in order to get rid of ants, it is enough to pour dry boiled coffee on the anthill.
How else to use sleeping coffee?
The application of coffee cake is very useful for changing the structure of the soil. Rich, thick clayey garden soil becomes light and loose.
Coffee grounds are capable of attracting earthworms. This feature is used for composting.
Coffee fragrance scares cats. This property will allow weaning animals relieve need in the garden.