Hi, this is Yolanda from vanveenbulbs.
And in this segment, we're going to learn about how to use used coffee grounds in thegarden.
So I really believe in organic gardening and not using any chemicals or any additivesor preservatives or body parts and bodily fluids in my garden.
But I do make an exceptionfor coffee grounds, and they work for a variety of reasons and a little bit goes a long ways.
First of all, it's best to use coffee grounds that have already been used — that they'vealready had water run through them and they've turned into coffee, and so that whatever'sleft is just the remnants of the coffee.
And they've done all kinds of studies and they'vefound that used coffee is pretty neutral.
It does have a lot of nutrition for the plantsbecause it has minerals and calcium and phosphates and nitrogen all inside one little granule.
But at the same time, once it's been used as coffee already, it's not going to hurtthe ground as much as you think it would.
And they say animals, too — it doesn't havea lot of caffeine left in it once it's been used.
So it's not that dangerous for animals.
So I always try to make sure and use used coffee grounds and not fresh.
But a littlebit goes a long way.
And they're finding, too, all types of reasons why it's good foryour garden.
For example, the slugs don't seem to like the coffee grounds, and I thinkit's more because it's like bark dust.
I've found, too, just a little layer of bark dustmakes all the difference, too, because it dries out on top.
It dries out really easily,not like compost — it stays wet.
And slugs need a wet surface to go over, so if you'vegot coffee grounds or even bark dust, a little bit over your garden area, then it doesn'tseem to.
So the slugs don't like it.
And also, it repels a lot of animals — cats,too, don't seem to like the smell.
So if you've got a cats in your garden, you can alwaysuse coffee grounds or cayenne pepper or anything that they're not going to like, and it seemsto help a lot.
So as I said, a little bit goes a long way.
So I always sprinkle maybejust a little bit on the bulbs in the fall or in the spring, and just a little bit onthe top of the beds here and there.
And it seems to color them up and it seems to giveyour plants a little bit of nutrition.
And they say our landfills are really gettingfilled up with all types of matter that's just garbage to us, and if we can take garbageand turn it into a good thing, that's always wonderful.
And even adding a little bit ofthis to your compost pile, too, they found will add a lot more nutrition to it and it'llmake it break down much quicker.
So don't throw away those coffee grounds.
Use themin your compost pile and in your garden.