Finish outdoor seed planting with coffee grounds

It has been a blessing that the competition for free coffee grounds at the Starbucks at my work has increased now the weather warmed up and I have freed from the temptation to grab yet another free shiny silver bag of grounds.  The reason is, I have put four bags in my compost, worked generous amounts into my vegetable garden and I still have six bags left.  Now I am looking at inventive ways to use the rest up.  I tried mixing with perlite to make a cheap potting soil (failed still no room for roots) but I believe I have come across one success I thought I would share.

When you are finished planting seeds outdoors apply a thin layer of coffee grounds.  This will deter slugs from going after your new seedlings and keep cats from mistaking your nicely loosened and raked soil for their kitty litter. 

I have done this for my larger seed plants (peas, garlic, onions, cilantro) but for the small seed plants (carrots, lettuce, spinach) I used the coffee grounds as a seed covering.

So far the results are great.  All of my peas/garlic/onions/spinach have sprouted with no signs of pests (four-legged nor zero-legged).

6 Responses to “Finish outdoor seed planting with coffee grounds”

  1. blossom Says:

    Gee..never heard this before. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Anonymous Says:

    where i’ve spread grounds on the grass (since my topsoil is about 1in deep on top of clay)…anyway where i spread it near the sidewalk i see it gets more interest from dogs sniffing. but haven’t paid enough attention to see if it discourages any kind of deposits….-Frank


  3. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    blossom, glad to shareAnonymous, I am jealous I have 1/4 in of topsoil on clay. I haven’t heard anything about deterring dogs think the stuff would drive the clean freak cats crazy with the fine grounds on their paws.


  4. Matt Says:

    It’s also good for deterring squirrels.


  5. Log Homes Says:

    Great blog post! I love learning about this online as gardening/landscaping are not only hobbies of mine but I actually do a little bit of work like that during the summer months as a second job. I appreciate your content in your blog and wish that you would keep up the good work 🙂


  6. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Matt, almost miss the squirrels in my are. Too many houses, not enough mature trees…maybe a few too many predators as well (coyotes, wolves, cougars, oh my)Log Homes, as long as people keep reading, I will keep writing 🙂


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