7 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden

7 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden


Coffee is the most popular drink in the world. It can be prepared, presented in various ways and served both hot and cold. Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Coffee grounds are the waste products of brewing coffee. These are native to Africa and highly seen in India, America, Madagascar, Australia, and France.

Coffee grounds release nitrogen into the soil. It is slightly acidic and has stimulating effects on humans because of caffeine content. They are rich in potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus and can attract earthworms and blueberries.

Coffee grounds in home applications can be used as body soap scrubs, wood staining, and air fresheners.

Coffee grounds in your garden

If you are transferring coffee grounds waste into the garbage or kitchen waste bins then you might be wasting a useful byproduct in large amounts on daily basis and can be used for the gardening purpose. Here are some exciting ways to use coffee grounds that benefits beauty, health, and growth in your garden.

  • Pest control/ Natural pesticide

Coffee grounds can be used to protect plants from slugs and snails by creating the barrier around the plants.  Mix brewed coffee grounds with water and spray the solution on plants like cabbage. Repeat the process. The pests like spiders, aphids, and bugs cause harm to the garden plants. Strong caffeine content of melanoidins in coffee grounds hurts these pests and keeps them away from the garden.

  • Compost

Compost is an organic matter (food waste, ripen fruits & veggies) that decomposes and can be recycled. Adding coffee grounds to your compost is the best way. Coffee grounds add moisture, nitrogen and other nutrients to the compost pile. It also contains proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acids that turn organic waste into compost to kill microorganisms.

  • Acid-loving plants

Adding grounds makes the soil acidic. Although acidity of the soil decreases with time, constant supply enlightens the soil resulting in plant growth. A simple procedure is to sprinkle coffee grounds around the base of the plants (Acid loving) such as roses, blueberries, holly, gardenias and rhododendrons to increase the acidity and nutrient levels in the soil.

  •  Mulch

Apply coffee grounds around the base of the plant. When applied to the soil directly, it damages the drainage system and air circulation. So it’s better to mix grounds with organic or inorganic mulches in required quantity. Spray the organic solution on plants for better growth. Using coffee grounds as mulch helps to control weeds and keep plants more hydrated during sunny days.

  • Keep Pets Away

Pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people. If cats and dogs eat or drink caffeine contained beverages, it can cause heart problems and other side effects to your pets. But a few sips of caffeine contained beverages will not harm your pets.

Pets can spoil your garden by Playing, Crawling and also eats plant leaves. To keep pets (cats & dogs) away from your garden put some coffee grounds into the soil. They hate the antioxidant properties in grounds and move away from the garden.

  • Fertilizers

It is very easy to use coffee grounds as fertilizer in liquid form. You can prepare fertilizer at your home by adding 2 cups of coffee grounds to 5 gallons of water and leave it for 1 day. Apply it at the base of the plant. Plants love this homemade organic fertilizer and thrive faster. This solution is safe and does not harm your children.

  • Earth Worms

Coffee grounds have many nutrients that can attract earthworms, red wigglers, and nightcrawlers in your garden.  It is observed that earthworms carry ground particles deep into the soil. They attract worms with its smell and taste.

You can even add dry grounds to your Vermi compost after dumping it into the soil. Coffee ground not only provides nutrients but also acts as a good diet for worms and is responsible for plant growth.

Coffee Grounds Applications


  • Coffee grounds are good at exfoliating your hair. For this, you need to massage grounds through hair focusing scalps.
  • Applying grounds makes your skin soft and smooth.


  • Homemade candles

If you love the smell of coffee you can even use old coffee grounds into natural homemade candles. It will be fun preparing candles at home using grounds. For this, you need the paper cup, coffee grounds, a cup of candle wax, wick, scissors, a pan and a small glass for mixing.

  • Cleans the fireplace

Coffee grounds also helps to clean the fireplaces. For this gently scatter grounds over the ashes to weigh them down and prevent smoke ejecting from it.

  • As a scrub

Sprinkle coffee grounds on a cloth and use them to scrub away leftover food particles in dishes or containers.  When you rinse dishes with grounds it won’t damage the kitchen items. It also helps to clean the floor.

  • To clean clothes

You will be fed up with the coffee stains on your shirt. But you can actually use coffee grounds to make your shirt gleaming. Add coffee grounds into warm water, apply the solution prone to rust or stain and rinse it thoroughly.

7 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden

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