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Hee hee...

I'm getting a tropical plant in a few weeks that requires acidic soil.

I'm taking home the used coffee grounds from the office coffee pot, for compost. There's a lot of them, woohoo.

Guess that's one of the perks of working here :)


Jul. 11th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Coffee grounds are most effective when applied directly to the soil as a light (1/4 to 1/2 inch) top-dressing; they loose much of their nitrogen (the fertilizing stuff) within the first couple of weeks. There's certainly no harm in composting them, but they're most effective straight.

If you know someone local with a pine tree, fallen pine needles are a very good mulch for acid-loving plants. They slowly add to the acidity of the soil, which you'll need to do for acidophylic plants grown around here. Even if you plant the thing in a pot of perfect pH soil, over time the alkaline nature of our tap water will shift the pH of the soil. The pine needles will help counteract this, and tend to be much cheaper and easier than irrigating with specially treated water.
Jul. 11th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Noted. Thanks for the tip! I don't think I'm going to be hurting for coffee grounds any time soon, though, I think I can get a good two CF a week of the things at work :) I need to take that trip to the pine forest n of here sometime, and just get bins of the things...

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