Stop throwing out your coffee grounds and give them back to the Earth

In his blog, Genziuk writes:

"I decided to do something that had an immediate and beneficial impact on the environment, cost me nothing, and made my favourite pastime of vegetable gardening even more satisfying.

Since March 2010, I have collected 850 Kilos of used coffee grounds, and it has all been used in my compost bin, dug into the raised garden beds, around the base of fruit trees, liberally sprinkled over the lawn, or handed out to family and neighbours.

You might think that coffee grounds are a weird thing to want to put into the garden, but if we go through some of the environmental benefits and physical properties of the material, it quickly makes sense why it is catching on. As the hundreds of YouTube videos attest to, you can’t keep a good secret these days."

Start making your grounds do double duty. Even if you don't have a plants or a compost bin yourself, I'm sure there's someone you know who could put them to good use.

To read more about Genziuk and Ground for Ground and to get tips for using grounds in your garden, visit his blog.

See also: 21 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds for more inventive ways to reuse coffee grounds.

Info via Ground for Ground and MNN; photo via The Orlando Sentinel.

If you're a coffee addict like me, you probably go through a good amount of coffee grounds each month. Once you've steeped the hell out of them for your caffeine fix you throw them away, thinking they've done their job and are no longer of use to you. They'd make a weak second brew, so why keep them, right? Well, think again before chucking used coffee grounds into the rubbish bin — there are some great ways to reuse them, giving back to the Earth in the same turn.

Coffee beans have a very high nitrogen content, the grounds are great for compost bins and planters — the nitrogen breaks down slowly in the soil, giving an ongoing supply to plants.

Shane Genziuk of Victoria, Australia, has come up with a way to rescue and reuse used coffee grounds, giving them second life as a compost additive and food for soil. He started a program called Ground for Ground which gets local cafes to save their grounds and donate them to his organization. They then give the grounds to people so they can use them in their gardens and compost bins. Genziuk has collected about 1,900 pounds of coffee grounds since this past March.

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