As part of my job I have a lot of driving around the country to do, so it is inevitable that I tend to stop off at the services every now and then to grab something to eat and generally have a break from driving. This week, on my way back from Northampton I popped into a Services near Birmingham which had a Starbucks in it. I was queuing up for my hot chocolate when I noticed that in one of their display baskets they were giving away big bags of used coffee grounds for free, to dig into your garden.
I had never heard about using coffee grounds as an additive to garden compost before, but on doing a bit of research it turns out that coffee grounds add nitrogen to the soil. Some posts on the internet advise sprinkling coffee grounds around plant bases before rain or watering as this becomes slow release nitrogen.
You can also add it to your compost to enrich it, and you can even water them down and use them as liquid fertilizer! Coffee grounds mixed with old egg shells and laid around the bases of your prized plants and flowers can also act as a pest repellant!
Good old Starbucks eh? I will definitely be stopping off for more free bags of coffee grounds!!!