3 Things We’re Saving From the Kitchen To the Garden

Today I want to share with you 3 things we’re saving from the kitchen to the garden.I know as gardeners we’re always talking about what we bring from the garden to put on the table, but there’s some items we use in our kitchen to prepare our garden for gardening season.

 

Those 3 things are:

1.Coffee Grounds

2.Egg Shells

3.Peanut Shells

 


Coffee Grounds have nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals. Our spinach and tomatoes will benefit from the nitrogen.The other minerals don’t go to waste either.


I save our coffee grounds by holding on to our K-Cups after we use them.Remove the coffee that’s left in them and store until use.Another thing I do is rinse the K-Cups in a bowl or pot of water.This leaves the excess coffee in the water and I use it as a compost tea to water our plants.

Starbucks is Gardener Friendly 

If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can build a relationship with your local Starbucks or coffee shop. Ask them to hold on to the coffee and you can pick them up at the time you’ve agreed upon.Starbucks is very gardener friendly and you know they make coffee all day long.

Egg Shells- add calcium to the gardening soil.

Last year our tomatoes had blight and blossom end rot which we then discovered that our soil was lacking calcium.A quicker remedy would be adding limestone, but we’re going the eggshell route.

Peanut Shells- offer nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus as well.

My husband goes to a restaurant that gives peanuts to their customers.We eat the peanut and save the shells for our garden.

Back in the day I remember my mother saving eggs and adding them to a gallon of water in a milk jug.She’d use that water to water her house plants.Do you remember your mother or grandmother using eggshells and water to water her plants when you were growing up?



 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Amending the soil, but first coffee

The past couple weeks we’ve been getting the garden ready for this coming gardening season.  In between cold and warm days, that is. 

This morning hubby came up with a brilliant idea of holding on to our used k-cups. For what you ask? For the garden of course. Before switching to the Keurig we saved coffee  grounds from the coffee maker and totally didn’t think about holding on to the k-cups until now. 

One thing you must make sure of when saving coffee grounds.  Allow them to dry out if you’re not using them right away.  If not, your coffee grounds will grow mold.  In the case of the k-cup, if I’m not using them right away I’ll punch a large hole in the lid. This gives it air to breathe and they’ll dry.  Otherwise,  if I’m going to use them right away… I’ll punch a hole in the lid and use it.

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The benefits of coffee grounds in your soil? It ammends the soil and a great cost effective fertilizer. The grounds provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.  Sprinkle on the grounds and mix them into the soil.

Last year we heard that Starbucks will give free coffee grounds. Well, we went to Starbucks to check it out. Sure enough they handed over a bag of coffee grounds.   Great for those of you that may not drink coffee. 

So, if  you’ve switched from a traditional coffee maker, don’t fear! Put those used k-cups to use.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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